Funded in 1999 by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the African American Health Program (AAHP) was created by community stakeholders and a core group of DHHS staff who recognized the need to address health disparities disproportionately affecting African Americans in the County.

AAHP Guide to Programs and Services (PDF)


Mission

Eliminate health disparities and improve the number and quality of years of life for African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County, MD.


VISION

African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County will be as healthy and safe as the rest of the population.


GOALS

  • Raise awareness in the Montgomery County community about key health disparities.
  • Integrate African American health concerns into existing services and programs.
  • Monitor health status data for African Americans in Montgomery County.
  • Implement and evaluate strategies to achieve specific health objectives.


Strategy

Bring together community partners and resources in a collaborative and effective manner to support AAHP goals.

AAHP focuses on six major health areas: infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, oral health, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Services provided include outreach, health education, support groups, and nurse case management. The program is staffed by registered nurses, health educators, and community outreach personnel.

AAHP operates in conjunction with a volunteer executive committee that provides strategic planning and advocates for increased funding. In addition to the committee, there are two community-based coalitions focused on infant mortality and HIV/AIDS. The coalitions work with AAHP personnel to provide guidance in their respective areas of focus. A separate workgroup supports diabetes-related activities.


Funding

AAHP is funded by the Montgomery County DHHS and administered by McFarland & Associates, Inc. The program receives additional funding from Holy Cross Hospital through two awarded grants. An award from Susan G. Komen supports cancer outreach and prevention. The other grant, a Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) award, provides funding for AAHP Health Promoters in their efforts to encourage improvement of the health care status of African Americans and individuals of African descent by facilitating health education, disease prevention and screening, and other outreach activities.
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