AAHP News

  • 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.

  • July 9, 2017

    July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    African Americans face unique challenges when it comes to mental health. Blacks are more likely to face psychological distress than Whites, but are also less likely to seek professional help. The lower socioeconomic status among Blacks compared to Whites corresponds to poorer mental health, while preconceived notions and stigma surrounding mental health hinders many from seeking treatment. This July, learn more about managing your mental health and what you can do to promote good mental health in your community.

  • June 7, 2017

    AAHP Observes Men's Health Month

    During Men’s Health Month, AAHP will work to raise awareness about men’s health issues and promote good health behaviors among men and boys. Unfortunately, Black men have the lowest life expectancy and lowest health status compared to women and men of other races. The disparity is stark: Black men experience disease earlier, face more complications with disease, and have less access to quality health care and state-of-the-art treatment. Given this reality, it is especially critical that Black men equip themselves with the knowledge and motivation to make their health and well-being a priority. 

    Observe Men's Health Month by attending or encouraging the men in your life to attend AAHP's Brother 2 Brother Talk on Tuesday, June 13 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church. To register, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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.

  • June 7, 2017

    Montgomery County Residents Invited to Health Freedom Celebration Walk

    Montgomery County residents are invited to begin their journey to wellness at the Freedom Health Celebration Walk on Saturday, June 10 at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, beginning at 8 am. This 3.75-mile adventure promotes increased physical activity while making creative use of Maryland’s integral role in the Underground Railroad. Participants walk a path similar to the historical route traveled by slaves in their quest for freedom, and, in turn, become motivated to achieve their own freedom from the bondage of poor health.

    Registration includes admission to the new Woodlawn Museum in the historic stone barn. Interactive exhibits highlight the Underground Railroad and the Quaker experience in Montgomery County revealed through the lives of Woodlawn’s residents and the local free black communities. The Health Freedom Celebration Walk will also feature musical entertainment, free health information, and fun for the entire family. For more information or to register, please visit http://healthfreedominc.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 240.777.1833.

    The Health Freedom Celebration Walk in Montgomery County is made possible through a partnership between Health Freedom, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting all Americans in building good health habits, and AAHP.

  • March 2, 2017

    Lead or Join a Circle of Friends Walking Group

    In collaboration with Health Freedom Walk Inc., AAHP invites you to join a Circle of Friends walking group or lead as a Conductor. Drawing inspiration from the courage, determination and strength of those who traveled the Underground Railroad, participants will embark on a journey to free themselves from the bondage of poor health habits and a sedentary lifestyle.  

    AAHP seeks conductors to guide participants in the right direction towards a lifetime of physical activity and wellness. Conductor training will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm with CPR training on Saturday, April 1 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. All sessions will be held at the AAHP office. Please contact the AAHP office for more information.

    Each Circle of Friends walking group will start with 6-weeks of regularly scheduled one hour-long group fitness sessions designed to build group motivation and to help participants get in shape and stay fit. It will include health and wellness information, history lessons, fitness tracking tools, weekly incentives, Circle of Friends t-shirt and admission to the culminating event, the Health Freedom 5K Celebration Walk on June 15, 2017.

     

     



Observances

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • July 9, 2017

    July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    African Americans face unique challenges when it comes to mental health. Blacks are more likely to face psychological distress than Whites, but are also less likely to seek professional help. The lower socioeconomic status among Blacks compared to Whites corresponds to poorer mental health, while preconceived notions and stigma surrounding mental health hinders many from seeking treatment. This July, learn more about managing your mental health and what you can do to promote good mental health in your community.

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