COVID-19 Resources

Our top priority at AAHP is the safety and the well-being of our program participants and families. Regardless of the environment, this is our top priority every day. See the resources below.

Chronic Disease Management Class

AAHP's chronic disease classes provide information and resources on how to prevent and manage diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and dementia by focusing on proper nutrition, weight loss, and other critical health matters. Upon signing up, participants will receive a weekly link to join the class. Options are as follows:

  • Tuesdays - focus on health and fitness, 11am - 12pm
  • Wednesdays, 6pm to 7:15pm
  • Thursdays - focus on health and nutrition, 1pm - 2pm
  • Thursdays, 6pm to 7:15pm 

To signup, please call or email Beri Kari-Fonge, MSN Ed., BSN, RN, CM-DN Interim Nurse Case Manager (NCM): virtual cell phone #: 240-324-8044 or  bkari-fonge@mcfarlandassociate.com

Emotional Resiliency Resources

Managing anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic Tip Sheet
Mental health resources from Everymind.org provide phone, text, and chat support to help manage COVID-19-related anxiety and depression
Well Connected is a telephone and online community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value feeling connected

Dr. Raymond Crowel, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, shares a wellness tips for stress management in this video.

Resources for Seniors

Why Healthy Bones Matter

Join the African American Health Program Aging Subcommittee and American Bone Health for Why Healthy Bones Matter on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Learn more about how family history, medication, and medical conditions can affect your risk for fracture. Sign up below, and see the flyer for more details. Register here.

Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services has compiled a list of resources for older adults here.

Call Check program -  a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state

Shopping Hours for Seniors - Local Grocery stores offering dedicated shopping hours for seniors and those at-risk

AARP - online mutual aid groups that help people stay connected, share ideas, and help those in need

Senior Planet Montgomery’s Life Learning Classes for Seniors – free online classes on how to thrive at home

Education for Seniors at Oasis, Suburban Hospital's health and wellness department

Testing and Prevention

COVID Testing Sites

Germantown: Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road

Wheaton: Wheaton Community Recreation Center, 11701 Georgia Avenue

White Oak: Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program, White Oak at 2121 Industrial Parkway. Testing takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To qualify for testing at the White Oak Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) site, individuals must meet testing criteria as determined by a licensed health care provider. The provider will complete an online order for testing through Maryland’s Chesapeake Regional Information System. Once an order is placed, an individual will be given instructions on how to make an appointment online. Appointments will be confirmed, and an ID number will be provided. Those arriving at the testing site will be asked to confirm their appointment number and provide a photo ID.

Testing at all County sites is by appointment only. For more information on the testing program, visit the Maryland Department of Health website.

Montgomery County Mask Makers

Volunteers in Montgomery County joined together to start Montgomery County, Maryland Mask Makers.  Please register on their website if you are interested in assisting. 

The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates how to make your own face covering using ordinary items: 

Food and Nutrition

Grocery Stores

Local grocery stores and national store chains in Montgomery County are offering dedicated shopping hours to seniors. Here's the list.

Manna Foods

If you or your loved ones need food resources, Manna House is still serving meals. You can call Manna House at 301-424-1130, toll free, and they have English, Spanish, and French speakers available.  Please be patient if your call goes to voicemail. They are trying to keep up with the demand with reduction in volunteer/staff support.
 
The MD Food Bank is currently requesting donations and volunteers. The need is especially great now. 

Take Out and Delivery Services

This is an updated list of County restaurants that are providing curb side pick up and take out.

Fitness

Glorifying Our Spiritual & Physical Existence for Life Program

The African American Health Program (AAHP) is pleased to announce the Glorifying Our Spiritual & Physical Existence for Life (G.O.S.P.E.L.) Program. The GOSPEL Program is designed to promote exercise as a fun activity and a desirable physical discipline that promotes spiritual growth, improved health, and community connection. Delivered in a virtual format, G.O.S.P.E.L. is a 6-week program that encourages participants to engage in measure steps and health related activities.

If you, your family, or any members of your community are interested in joining  the program, please email your name and the names of others who will sign up to aahp@montgomerycountymd.gov no later than Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Connect Your Mind and Body

Get out and for for a walk! Montgomery Parks is continuing its efforts to expand safe access to park facilities for recreation and exercise during the COVID-19 crisis. The department recently extended its regular Sunday closures of Sligo Creek Parkway to motorists to Fridays and Saturdays to free up more outdoor park space for walking, running and biking. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Friday and Saturday vehicle closures, the Parks Department has decided to open an additional section of the parkway to people, between Forest Glen Road and University Boulevard, on weekends. These sections of Sligo Creek Parkway will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other park users beginning Friday mornings at 9 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

Dance It Out - #MoveMore Party

The American Heart Association has a current workout & dance series streaming live daily on the webYouTubeFacebook, and Instagram. So You Think You Can Dance alums and TV personalities tWitch and Allison will be joining in on the fun! You may recognize tWitch as the DJ on The Ellen Degeneres Show. There is a lineup of dance, fitness, Pilates, and yoga this week. Here's the schedule: 

  • Get groovin’ with tWitch and Allison on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 p.m. CDT
  • Rise and shine with Uti on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. CDT
  • Get to the core of Pilates with Neela on Monday at 8 p.m. CDT
  • Flow into yoga with Sylvia on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. CDT
  • Latin Dance with Gina on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CDT

Emergency Info

Disaster distress hotline (1-800-985-5990)

Well Connected (877-797-7299)

Family Justice Center - 240-773-0444 or safe@montgomerycountymd.gov (Mon-Fri, 8:30 - 5:00pm) For help with crisis situations, protective orders, legal assistance, counselin

District Court Commissioner's Office (24 hours) 191 East Jefferson St. in Rockville. - File Protective orders

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 thehotline.org (to chat),  Text LOVEIS to 22522

Montgomery County Crisis Center - 240-777-4000 (24 hours) Help with crisis situations and shelter placement

Family Justice Center - 240-773-0444 or safe@montgomerycountymd.gov (Mon-Fri, 8:30 - 5:00pm)

Additional Resources

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments will be issued to all current SNAP households for April and May. Current SNAP households will receive the maximum allotted SNAP benefit according to household size regardless of income.

For more information, including visit the Department of Human Services website or call 1-800-332-6347 (TTY1-800-735-2258) Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Health Insurance Enrollment Now Open

To care for all Maryland residents during this public health crisis, uninsured Maryland residents are now eligible to enroll in health coverage through the Maryland Health Connection until June. 15. Sign up here.

Call-n-Ride Essential Delivery Services

Call-n-Ride participants are eligible to receive grocery store or carry-out orders. Participating taxicab agencies will deliver to participants’ door step, with a phone call delivery confirmation. This will be a contactless delivery service. Please see the attached flyer or click below for more information.

Essential Delivery Services

Need Assistance Paying for Utilities?

The Office of Home Energy Programs has released frequently asked questions related to utility payments. Please see the attached document for questions and answers.

Emergency Assistance Relief Payment

Emergency financial assistance will soon be available for Montgomery County residents through the new Emergency Assistance Relief Payment program.

Families with incomes less than 50% of the federal poverty level* who are not eligible for Federal COVID-19 stimulus checks or State benefits will begin receiving a one-time emergency assistance check from the County early next week.

Eligible families will receive $1,000 for a family with one child (plus $150 for each additional child up to a maximum of $1,450 per family) early next week. 

Approximately $2.5 million will be given out to residents by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and another $2.5 million will be intended for individuals and families served by nonprofit organizations in the community. 

*Families with incomes less than 50% of the federal poverty level who are not eligible for Federal COVID-19 stimulus checks or State benefits will begin receiving a one-time emergency assistance check from the County early next week.

Learn more here.

Housing Assistance

Montgomery County has put together a great list of resources on all things related to housing.  Click here for more information.

 
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