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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. 

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AAHP provides information and services based on six major focus areas. AAHP is staffed by a wide range of health professionals including physicians, registered nurses, health educators, and community outreach personnel.

Latest AAHP News

February is American Heart Month

As we celebrate Black History Month, let's also focus on keeping our hearts healthy and strong. African Americans and people of African descent have the highest prevalence of heart disease in Montgomery County, and nationwide. American Heart Month features a wealth of information and tips about how Black people can prevent and manage high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes—conditions associated with heart disease.To keep your heart healthy, incorporate the following lifestyle habits:

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco - Tobacco use is one of the most common risk factors for heart disease, as well as many other diseases. Chemicals in tobacco can narrow your arteries with plaque, ultimately leading to a heart attack.
  • Exercise – Physical activity not only helps you control your weight, it can also help you regulate your blood pressure by providing stress relief.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet – A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains gives your body the minerals, protein, and other nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Nutrient-rich foods help you control your weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Limit your intake of foods high in sodium, sugar, and fat.
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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

AAHP PSAs

PSA: Cross-Cutting Issues
PSA: AAHP Focus Areas
PSA: The S.M.I.L.E. Program
PSA: Diabetes
PSA: Men's Health

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Why should YOU engage
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No matter your age or health status, your health should be a priority. AAHP provides a wealth of resources and services to help any individual live a healthier life.

To schedule a free health assessment, please call the AAHP office at 240.777.1833 or email

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