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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

Focus on Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is more devastating and more prevalent among Black Americans than White Americans. Blacks are at an increased risk of developing the disease, have more of the risk factors, and the disease arises at an earlier age and with greater severity. Blacks are two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s.

Most researchers point to vascular disorders such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity as contributing factors. There is also mounting evidence that socioeconomic factors such as poverty, neighborhood conditions, health behavior, early childhood trauma, educational attainment and the experiences of discrimination in general play a major role. The role of genetics is not well understood. Even though Alzheimer’s disease is a universal disease, current knowledge of its risk factors, progression and treatment have been based, almost entirely, on studies from non-Hispanic White populations. This lack of cross-cultural research and data have made it difficult for Blacks to completely understand risk factors and to determine effective treatment measures.

One of the best ways to manage Alzheimer's is to know its warning signs. Many people may perceive forgetfulness as another part of aging, but memory loss that disrupts daily life can signal Alzheimer’s. Confusion or difficulty with familiar tasks, places, and people can also be a warning sign. Please see a doctor if you or someone you love has repeatedly displayed this behavior. Early diagnosis can give you an early start on developing an effective treatment plan.

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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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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.

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