AAHP News

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.

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.

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..

This May, in conjunction with Women’s Health Week from May 14 - 20, AAHP will highlight the unique health concerns women face. Women must learn and understand the value of their health and take initiative to achieve the best health possible. In addition to experiencing various health issues related to reproductive health, women also experience many of the same health problems as men, although these problems impact women differently. For instance:

  • Women under 45 are more likely than men to die following their first heart attack.
  • Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men.
  • The effects of sexually transmitted diseases can be more serious in women than in men.

Black women have lower health statuses than women of other races/ethnicities, and AAHP provides numerous services and resources that address these health disparities. We conduct health screenings for women, provide custom referrals, and spread awareness of women's health issues and the importance of regular health screenings and routine care for women. 

Sources: Go Red for WomenAmerican Psychological AssociationCenters for Disease Control

AAHP will host Community Day 2017 on Saturday, April 15 with this year's theme is "Building Bridges." In celebration of the strengthening of our families, neighborhoods, and community, Community Day will feature entertainment and education including health screenings, fitness demonstrations, and fun activities for all ages. Community Day 2017 will be held at East County Community Center, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and is free and open to all.

For more information, email Anthony Morrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Terrence Dupree at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On March 9, AAHP's Executive Coalition will host a meeting on Healthcare Providers from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center. This is a special opportunity to discuss health and wellness with physicians and medical experts in the area. For more information or to RSVP, please call 240.777.1833 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

AAHP’s annual Community Day will be held on Saturday, April 15 at East County Community Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. This year’s theme, “Building Bridges” celebrates the strengthening of our families, neighborhoods and community. Community Day will feature entertainment and education for all ages including health screenings, fitness demonstrations, fun activities, and health information. Community Day is free and open to all.

For more information, email Anthony Morrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Terrence Dupree at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

In observance of NBHAAD, on February 9, AAHP's Executive Coalition will host an informational presentation on HIV/AIDS among African Americans in Montgomery County. The event will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Discussion topics will include the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Montgomery County, prevention strategies, reducing the stigma, and the effects of HIV on oral health, among other topics. Among the panelists will be Dr. Joseph Latta, DDS; Lavon Sessoms, Public Health Adviser, DHHS; and Sharon Coker, HIV Testing and Counseling Mobile Unit. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to (240) 777-1833 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AAHP will kick off 2017's HIV testing events this Thursday, January 26 at Montgomery College Takoma Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See our events schedule for future HIV testing dates at Montgomery College throughout the winter. In addition, the Executive Coalition will host an informative meeting on HIV on February 9, with speakers and location to be announced. With African Americans accounting for nearly half of new HIV infections despite being 13% of the population, AAHP is committed to closing the HIV disparity by providing resources and testing that help combat this deadly disease among African Americans in Montgomery County.

AAHP encourages county residents to join our staff in participating in the numerous volunteer opportunities occurring throughout Montgomery County in observance of MLK Jr. Day of Service on January 16. These family-friendly service projects include packaging food for the hungry, park cleanups, and helping with food drives. Participating students will be eligible for Student Service Learning hours. For more information, visit www.MontgomeryServes.org and www.MontgomeryParks.org

Dealing with holiday blues? AAHP's Executive Committee will hold a discussion on “Dealing with the Holiday Blues” with guest speaker Dr. Cynthia E. Harris, MSW, MBPA, DHA, Special Assistant for Academic and Student Achievement and Assistant Professor at Howard University School of Social Work. The event will be held Thursday, December 8, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Register here.











AAHP will partner with the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to present World AIDS Day 2016. To be held on Thursday, December 1, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at E. County Community Center, the event will feature HIV education, one-on-one counseling, health literature. Carolyn Massey, Executive Director of Older Women Embracing Life (OWEL) will speak. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact: Debra Wiley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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AAHP will host "Thanksgiving Day: A Community Service Event" at Community Vision, 8210 Dixon Avenue in Silver Spring, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The African American Health Program's Obesity Prevention Subcommittee invites all to "Healthy Holiday 2016" on Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm. The event will feature presentations by health and fitness professionals as well as a tasting demo of vegan egg nog. 

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Hear the results of the County's Community Health Needs Assessment

October 13, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Silver Spring Civic Center (ACROSS FROM THE SPRING ROOM)
One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

RSVP:
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