The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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  • August 5, 2017

    August is National Breastfeeding Month

    August is National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM17)! AAHP observes by highlighting the unique benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies and by showcasing our work promoting and providing breastfeeding education in Montgomery County.

    Black women who breastfeed can reap a host of benefits, including postpartum weight loss and reduced risk for breast cancer and diabetes. For babies, breast milk provides the best nourishment for optimal health and wellbeing. As the baby grows, a mother’s milk supplies nutrients that help decrease the risk of common childhood illnesses like ear infections and asthma. It also protects against the onset of obesity and diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, diseases that disproportionately plague the Black community.  Breastfeeding also saves time and money, and helps mothers and infants bond.

    To assist expecting mothers in Montgomery County with education and guidance on breastfeeding, AAHP’s S.M.I.L.E. program provides a host of services for pregnant and breastfeeding w­omen. Learn more here.

Community Health News

  • July 9, 2017

    Tax Break Opportunity for Elderly Montgomery County Residents

    Good financial health reduces stress which can improve physical and mental health. Montgomery County recently passed a tax credit that entitles elderly residents and elderly retired military to a 20% tax credit. To be eligible, residents must be 65 or older AND must have lived in the dwelling that they own for at least 40 consecutive years OR must be retired military personnel. This year’s applications will be accepted through September 1. For more information and to apply, please visit here. You may also call  240-777-0311 and ask for the Department of Finance, Division of Treasury.

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