This past week's "At a glance" column noted County Council member Greg Fox's opposition to Healthy Howard receiving an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This reminds many of us of the worthy reasons for the council member to take just the opposite position.
For example, the African American Coalition of Howard County, at the inception of Healthy Howard, spent many months traveling to over 30 county churches introducing the program, resulting in many residents being thankful for the opportunity to receive the health-care benefits of the program. Even more successful was an early initiative this year involving AACHC and St. John Baptist Church, which sent people throughout the village of Long Reach identifying those needing health care. Contact was made with hundreds of residents, most notably senior citizens and low- and moderate-income families, expressing a need for some sort of health care.