Community Health News

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.

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 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.

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.



Sunday, February 26, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, the American Red Cross and the People’s Community Baptist Church will host a blood drive in the Norwood Center, 31 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905. Type O or B blood—which 70% of African-Americans have—is most in demand. Each donation has the potential to help up to three patients!


The ladies of the Xi Sigma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are excited to host Pink Goes Red Line Dancing for Heart Health. To be held Friday, February 3 at the Community Center at Boehrer Park in Gaithersburg, this fun event will feature heart health information, healthy snacks, and lots of dancing. Please register/RSVP here

Montgomery County Parks invites county residents to join the 100-Mile Challenge! Participants may enter as an individual or group to meet the challenge of walking, running or exercising the equivalent of one mile a day for 100 days. Weekly support will be offered and prizes will be awarded. For details and registration, visit The challenge begins with the kickoff event on Saturday, January 21. 

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AAHP, in collaboration with Bethel World Outreach Chuch, will host faith leaders across Montgomery County for the Health Promotion Pastoral Summit and Breakfast at Bethel World Outreach Church on Saturday, December 10. The event will educate faith leaders on how they can stay healthy, promote health among their congregations, and address health issues relevant to the faith community. Bethel Senior Paster Darlingston Johnson will host.
Leadership Montgomery will host the Senior Health & Wellness Expo, November 1, 1:00 - 4:00 PM at Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrera Drive in Wheaton. The program includes an expert panel discussion from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, followed by a senior vendor fair from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Space is limited, so please register today.

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Mount Jezreel Baptist Church Healthy Temple Ministry will be hosting a Health Insurance Forum on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Guest panelists from Healthmarkets of Silver Spring, MD and Montgomery County Health Connector will discuss and answer questions/concerns regarding the following:

  • How to select an insurance plan
  • How to effectively utilize prescription and vision plans
  • How to advocate for improved health outcomes with your Primary Care Physician
  • Understand the differences between Medicare Part A, B and D

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The Catholic Charities and the Montgomery County Abused Persons Program will host the 9th Annual African Womens Empowerment Workshop on Saturday, October 22, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Free breakfast, lunch and child care included. For more information, call Sheri Laigle (240) 777-4586 or Smita Dazzo (202) 772-4354. 

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This Sunday, October 16, Montgomery County will host the Eighth Annual World of Montgomery Festival to celebrate the rich diversity of County residents through international music, food, dance, culturally authentic arts demos, hands-on activities, and more. The festival will be from noon to 4 p.m. on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.

The festival includes an international village, a global kitchen, two performance stages of traditional dance and music, opportunities to find out about connecting with the community through service, traditional arts, and fun activities for the whole family. The annual Parade of Cultures at 1:30 p.m. is always an outstanding way to experience multicultural Montgomery. Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available just across the street in the MCPS parking lot.

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Caregivers’ Café D (Dementia) at the Village at Rockville
Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Presented by Montgomery College and Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.  Lectures and Workshops for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other dementias. Meet other caregivers, share stories, take time for yourself and know that you are not alone.

To reserve a seat, contact Debbie Juneja at 240-567-5678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Montgomery County Villages Gathering 2016 
Active villages, villages in development, and communities interested in developing a village are all encouraged to attend. This day-long gathering will offer workshops and opportunities to network and share ideas on how to develop and sustain your community village.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and RSVP is required.  For more information and to RSVP please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 240-777-1231

September is Falls Prevention Month!
Every year, many organizations and companies participate in a falls prevention awareness campaign. Click here for the September issue of The Beacon.  The list of events can be found on page 31.
The Montgomery County chapter of Breastfeeding USA, an organization that provides evidence-based support of breastfeeding, is hosting a series of events throughout the County this August. Events are free and babies are welcome!

Workshop: Back to Work While Breastfeeding
Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 pm
Babies “R” Us, 1202 Cherry Hill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904

Monthly Support Group
Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00 pm
Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20902

Breastfeeding Brunch
Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 am
Babies “R” Us, 1202 Cherry Hill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904

For more information, visit Breastfeeding USA Montgomery County, MD Chapter's Facebook page here
Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a late May 2016 training session. VASAP outreach volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours in 2014 serving victims of sexual assault in Montgomery County.

Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to
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The 6th annual free Senior Safety Forum in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will take place Tuesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Park Senior Center located at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton. Event highlights include: presenters, exhibitors and workshops on a variety of important safety topics with a focus on the safe use of technology. Guests can enjoy free bag lunches while supplies last, raffle prizes, live music and police and fire and rescue demonstrations.
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