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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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to direct Black women’s attention to breast cancer and how they can prevent and survive this deadly disease. Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer less frequently than their White and Hispanic counterparts but have significantly lower survival rates than any other racial or ethnic group. While it is unclear why Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than other women, this disparity is understood to reflect various biological, environmental, and economic factors, including less access to quality healthcare. Black women are also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage in the disease and with more aggressive and deadly forms of the disease. 

Black women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by focusing on lifestyle factors. Getting regular exercise, eating a nutrient-rich diet, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing alcohol consumption and avoiding tobacco smoke can help Black women prevent breast cancer as well as many other types of cancers and illnesses. Because early detection is key to successful treatment, Black women should also be sure to get regular mammograms beginning at age 40. Breastfeeding is also regarded as a preventive measure against breast cancer.

Many treatment options exist for breast cancer, depending on the type and stage, as well as the patient’s overall health and personal preferences. Normally, treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or mastectomy (breast removal), but there are many variations and therapies. Fortunately, many, many Black women survive breast cancer and go on to live normal and healthy lives.

Sources: National Breast Cancer Foundation, The American Cancer Society

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Latest Community Health News

Montgomery County Offering Flu Vaccine Clinics

The CDC strongly recommends the flu shot for children aged six months to four years-old; adults over the age of 50; people with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, HIV and other related health conditions; pregnant women; people with severe obesity; and caregivers of small children and adults with impaired health. Be sure to get a flu shot for yourself or your children if you or your children fall into any of these categories!Montgomery County offers FREE flu vaccinations through their seasonal flu vaccination campaign. Learn more at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/flu.

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OCTOBER SPECIAL EVENTS

AAHP's Executive Coalition's next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Building in the Spring Room. This month's meeting will welcome Montgomery County's NEW health officer and chief of public health services, Dr. Travis Gayles. Light refreshments will be served. View or download the flyer here.

The S.M.I.L.E. program's free Childbirth and Breastfeeding Education classes will be held on Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at White Oak Community Recreation Center. View or download the flyer here.

The Brother 2 Brother Talk will take place on Tuesday, October 24 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. View or download the flyer here.

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

Thursday
October
19
Diabetes/Heart Health Class
October 19, 2017
11:00 am
-
1:00 pm
White Oak Community Recreation Center
18529 Brooke Rd.
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Thursday
October
19
HIV Testing at Montgomery College - Germantown
October 19, 2017
10:00 am
-
3:00 pm
Montgomery College - Germantown
20200 Observation Dr, , HT 216
Germantown, MD 20876
Thursday
October
26
Diabetes/Heart Health Class
October 26, 2017
11:00 am
-
1:00 pm
White Oak Community Recreation Center
18529 Brooke Rd.
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Thursday
November
02
HIV Testing at Montgomery College - Takoma Park
November 2, 2017
10:00 am
-
3:00 pm
Montgomery College - Takoma Park ST 302
7600 Takoma Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Monday
November
06
HIV Testing at Montgomery College - Germantown
November 6, 2017
10:00 am
-
3:00 pm
Montgomery College - Germantown
20200 Observation Dr. , HT 216
Germantown, MD 20876
Thursday
November
09
HIV Testing at Montgomery College - Rockville
November 9, 2017
11:00 am
-
3:00 pm
Montgomery College - Rockville
51 Mannakee St., HU 128
Rockville, MD 20850

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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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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