MACo Welcomes New Communications Coordinator Heather Legg

MACo is happy to announce the hiring of Heather Legg as our new Communications Coordinator. Ms. Legg joined MACo this week, and will take a lead role with communications, social media, and partner/sponsor relationships. As part of MACo's Member Services team, she will help MACo to deliver, and improve, the array of educational, cost-savings, and best practice opportunities that are among MACo's hallmarks. "We're excited to add Heather to our team," said Executive Director Michael…

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Newborns Screened for Four More Uncommon, Genetic Conditions

Newborns in Maryland are now screened for 61 rare, inheritable conditions. That's four more than they were previously screened for bringing Maryland into the top 5 states nationally for newborn screenings. From The Baltimore Sun: The testing is considered a public health success because fewer disorders go undiagnosed and babies get care earlier. The disorders generally have some kind of treatment for symptoms. ... The new disorders included in the panel in Maryland are Pompe…

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News Series Delves into Public Health Impacts of Climate Change

A series by the Capital News Service reporters examines the public health effects of climate change. The first part, "The Bitter Cold," focuses on cold weather. From the Capital News Service's "The Bitter Cold": Cold poses a great risk not only to the homeless outdoors but also to a much larger population who suffer indoors with chronic health conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which are exacerbated by exposure to low temperatures…

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MACo Symposium Spotlights Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

MACo's Spring Symposium "Fighting Human Trafficking With Awareness, Advocacy, and Action" focused on the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world and what is happening locally to combat it.  This year's spring symposium, held on June 12 at the Quiet Water's Blue Heron Center in Anne Arundel County,  brought together state and local elected officials and government staff to learn more about how counties along with their state and community partners are…

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Find Out Who’s Speaking at MACo’s “Fighting Human Trafficking” Symposium

MACo’s Spring Symposium on June 12 will focus on what counties can do and are doing to fight human trafficking. Human trafficking remains an insidious - and unfortunately lucrative - industry across our country and Maryland is not immune. Attend this symposium to hear what Maryland counties and partners are doing and what we all can do to prevent this practice and protect our residents. Expert and knowledgeable speakers have been confirmed, including an advocate…

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NACCHO Letter to Congress Highlights Climate Change Health Threats

In a letter sent to the House Subcommittee on Environment of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) highlighted health threats posed by climate change as well as the vital role local health departments play in mitigating those threats and challenges they face doing so. From NACCHO's letter to the subcommittee: Across the country, local health departments are tasked with addressing the many health risks…

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MACo Soliciting 2020 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2020 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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Don’t Forget to Register for MACo’s Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium

MACo's Spring Symposium will focus on what counties can do and are doing to fight human trafficking. TITLE: Fighting Human Trafficking With Awareness, Advocacy, and Action DETAILS: Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Location: Blue Heron Center, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD Dress for Speakers & Attendees: Business Casual Registration: FREE for MACo Members (County Executives, County Council Members, County Commissioners, and County employees) - REGISTER ONLINE $75 for NonMembers…

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LGIT – FY20 Regional Workshops – Register Today!

WHAT? The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) will host a series of renewal workshops for the Policy Year 2020. This year's workshop agenda: Agenda 9:00 am - 9:10 am          Welcoming Remarks 9:10 am - 9:30 am          Rate Information & Credits for FY20 9:30 am - 10:15 am       Coverage Changes/Coverages Available/Renewal 10:15 am - 10:45 am     Changes & Updates to LGIT's HR Portal/Online Campus 10:45 am - 11:00…

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Welcome to County Office – Advice From Veteran Officials

The Maryland Association of Counties created the video "Welcome to County Office" to provide newly elected officials advice from veteran officials. Veteran elected officials that participated in the video: Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive, MACo President Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council Member John Barr, Former Washington County Commissioner, MACo Past President Rikki Spector, Former Baltimore City Council Member, MACo Past President Sheree Sample Hughes, Maryland State Delegate, Former Wicomico County Council Member Steve Arentz, Maryland…

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