The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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  • September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the US (after skin cancer). Age and race heighten the risk for prostate cancer, with men over 65 and men of African descent disproportionally affected by the disease. While treatment for prostate cancer is generally very effective and most men do not die from it, African American men are more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer with higher mortality rates. African American men are almost 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and are 2.4 times more likely to die from it than Caucasian men. In Montgomery County specifically, the age-adjusted death rate from prostate cancer among African American men (per 100,000 males) was 28.1, compared to 16.7 for Caucasian men.

    Obesity, smoking, lack of vegetables in the diet, lack of exercise, and family history are all linked to aggressive prostate cancer. While it is generally understood that a combination of lifestyle factors, inadequate health care, and genetic predisposition account for the higher rates of prostate cancer among men of African descent, much still remains to be understood regarding this alarming disparity.

    Older men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer should talk to their doctors about prostate cancer screenings. Prevention through diet modification holds great promise in reducing one's chances for developing prostate cancer. Antioxidants found in tomatoes and broccoli have been shown to prevent cancer, and prostate cancer specifically. In a recent study, eating tomatoes and broccoli together proved to be even more effective at fighting cancer than eating either alone.


  • September 8, 2016

    AAHP Hosting Prostate Cancer Awareness Events Throughout Montgomery County

    A series of information sessions on prostate cancer, led by Rev. Dr. Adrian Ngudiankama, AAHP's Supervisory Community Health Worker, will take place throughout the County in observance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. With African American men in Montgomery County dying from prostate cancer at almost twice the rate of Caucasian men, it is imperative for African American men and their families to arm themselves with information on how to prevent and manage the disease. 

    Join us in the fight against prostate cancer at the following locations and times:

    Bethel World Outreach Church on 16227 Batchellors Forest Rd. in Olney, on Sunday September 11 from 10:45 am to 1:00 pm.

    Georgia Avenue Baptist Church on 12525 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring on Sunday, September 17 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

    Mount Jezreel Baptist Church on 420 University Blvd. E. in Silver Spring on Sunday, September 17 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Community Health News

  • September 20, 2016

    Montgomery County Senior News - Upcoming Events

    Caregivers’ Café D (Dementia) at the Village at Rockville
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850

    Presented by Montgomery College and Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.  Lectures and Workshops for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other dementias. Meet other caregivers, share stories, take time for yourself and know that you are not alone.

    To reserve a seat, contact Debbie Juneja at 240-567-5678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Montgomery County Villages Gathering 2016 
    Active villages, villages in development, and communities interested in developing a village are all encouraged to attend. This day-long gathering will offer workshops and opportunities to network and share ideas on how to develop and sustain your community village.

    Tuesday, September 27th 2016 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904

    The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and RSVP is required.  For more information and to RSVP please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 240-777-1231

    September is Falls Prevention Month!
    Every year, many organizations and companies participate in a falls prevention awareness campaign. Click here for the September issue of The Beacon.  The list of events can be found on page 31.
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