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The African American Health Program has been delivering free, critical health services to Montgomery County residents since 1999.

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The African American Health Program's diabetes/heart health focus area provides FREE classes in diabetes prevention and management and heart health.

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AAHP provides FREE and confidential HIV testing throughout Montgomery County. See our HIV testing schedule.

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AAHP's Maternal and Child Health focus area's S.M.I.L.E. program stands for Starts More Infants Living Equally healthy. Learn more about our FREE services for expecting mothers.

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The African American Health Program (AAHP) is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for Black residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Latest AAHP News

AAHP Honors Dr. Marilyn Hughes-Gaston for Women's History Month

This Women's History Month, AAHP is proud to honor Dr. Marilyn Hughes-Gatson, a member of AAHP’s Executive Committee. In 1986, Dr. Hughes-Gaston made history by publishing a groundbreaking study on sickle-cell disease that led to a nationwide screening program for newborns that resulted in significant reduction of morbidity and mortality in young children with sickle-cell disease around the world. Dr. Gaston has dedicated her career to advancing the health of poor and minority families. After receiving her MD from the University of Cincinnati and researching sickle-cell disease at Philadelphia General Hospital, she eventually went on to serve as director of the Bureau of Primary Health Care in Health Resources and Services Administration for the Department of Health and Human Services. A renown ambassador of health, Dr. Gaston is highly sought after as a speaker on such topics as women's health, minority health, eliminating health disparities, improving access to health care, sickle-cell disease, and the needs of children and adolescents. 

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Latest Community Health News

Primary Care Coalition to Host CPR Training

February 15, 2018

Primary Care Coalition is hosting a Hands Only CPR Train the Trainer session on February 28, from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

AAHP Launches New Mental Health Screening Tool

January 2, 2018

AAHP's mental health focus area works to ensure that all Black Montgomery residents have the tools they need to be mentally healthy as well as physically healthy. To that end, AAHP has launched a new mental health screening tool for individuals to make an informal personal assessment of their mental health and to receive referrals for local mental health resources. It's quick, easy, and participation and results are completely confidential.

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AAHP's Executive Coalition's next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building in the Spring Room.  The topic of discussion will be community collaboration.

AAHP's Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Classes at the Germantown Library will focus on cancer this January. On Tuesday, January 23, from 6 - 9 pm, the class will provide an overview of cancer and on Tuesday, January 30, from 6-9 pm, the class will focus on prostate, lung, and breast cancer.

For a complete listing of AAHP's October events, please see our October calendar.
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