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October 10, 2012
Healthy Harford organizers are reminding residents to mark their calendars to participate in this year's Healthy Harford Day Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. Held in conjunction with the Bel Air Farmers Market at the corner of Hays and Thomas Streets in Bel Air, the event is intended to raise awareness about Healthy Harford, its mission to help make Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland and progressive community health initiatives designed...
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By Rebecca Ruggles | September 17, 2014
The shelving of a plan to build a new CSX rail facility in the West Baltimore residential neighborhood of Morrell Park was decried recently as a setback for regional job growth and a sign of failed leadership by CSX. But articles in The Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Business Journal omitted mention of the successful leadership of health advocates and community members who insisted that specific health consequences of the planned facility be addressed....
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2010
Two Baltimore-area community health centers are sharing in a grant of $500,000 from the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of General Electric Co. The People's Community Health Centers Inc. in Baltimore will be able to hire a nutritionist and put more resources into its educational programs. Chase Brexton Health Services Inc. will strengthen programs that treat both a patient's medical and behavioral needs. For example, a person with diabetes can get medication, but will now also be taught how to eat more nutritious foods and can get psychological counseling if needed as well.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Nearly two months after People's Community Health Centers shut the doors to five low-income health clinics in Baltimore city and Anne Arundel County, a federal agency confirmed it is no longer providing critical grant money to the nonprofit group. People's had received $2.4 million a year from the Health Services Resources Administration to treat uninsured patients - its largest source of revenue. That loss comes as the organization faces a new federal tax lien nearly that doubled the amount it owes the Internal Revenue Service and mounting claims from employees seeking back pay. Yet Andrew Sindler, attorney for People's, said Monday the nonprofit hopes to pay off or settle its debts and has "some new opportunities in the works to revive the organization" under a new name and with new investors, though he declined to offer details.
NEWS
By Edwin Chen and Vicki Kemper and Edwin Chen and Vicki Kemper,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 26, 2004
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A day after trying to rally the nation behind his Iraq policy, President Bush pivoted back to his domestic agenda yesterday, traveling to this Democratic stronghold to highlight the role of community health centers in caring for the uninsured. In a campaign-style "conversation" at Youngstown State University, Bush promoted neighborhood clinics, a centerpiece of his health care agenda, as a primary way to expand access to medical services. He hailed the thousands of community health centers in the country as "a safety net" that provides primary care to those without insurance.
NEWS
By Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner | August 30, 2012
Over the past year, I have had the privilege to follow the work and lives of many of Baltimore's committed community health advocates. These health promoters, organizers, practical nurses, pastors, interns and volunteers are often the trusted leaders of impoverished neighborhoods. The best ones stay even when grant monies run out and short-term projects are deemed complete; they work and volunteer at odd shifts to reverse the plight of underserved communities. They promote stability that benefits us all. Unfortunately, these local heroes often struggle with the same uncertainties that they selflessly work to ease.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994
2 hospital companies mergingCommunity Health Systems Inc. will buy Hallmark Healthcare Corp. in a $175 million stock and debt deal that merges two of the nation's largest owners of rural and suburban hospitals.Community Health will exchange 0.97 shares of its common stock for each share of Hallmark's common stock. In addition, Community Health will exchange 5.4 shares of its common stock for each share of Hallmark's preferred stock.The merger also calls for Houston-based Community Health to assume $87.6 million of Hallmark's debt.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
Regarding your article about the city's plan to strip some liquor stores of their licenses, many studies have shown that communities with greater densities of alcohol outlets have higher levels of drinking, unintentional injuries and violence ("Baltimore to strip some liquor stores of licenses in rezoning effort," June 18). Specifically, published data about Baltimore show not only an inequitable distribution of liquor stores in predominantly African-American and low-income communities but also significant associations between the presence of liquor stores and the risk of health-related problems.
FEATURES
By Ellen Hawks | February 25, 1992
Current volunteers' needs and news:Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area Visitor's Center, 5100 Deer Park Road, was dedicated in November and is currently seeking volunteers for such activities as exhibit planning, landscaping, improving trails, producing brochures and more. Call Sue Ellen May, 922-3044 or 795-6521, for details. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.Johmins Community Health Resources Inc. is a non-profit minority community health education and information organization seeking volunteers to write grants and perform general office duties.
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October 20, 2011
  Jen Litzenberger and Jamie Severt   Edward and Rita Litzenberger, of Laurel, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jen Litzenberger, to Jamie Severt, son of John and Randy Severt, of Columbia. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Atholton High School; a 2009 graduate of Elon University, in Burlington, N.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science; and is currently pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy at Towson University, to be awarded in May 2012.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
HPV vaccine The department of health provides free HPV vaccine for both males and females ages 9 to 26 at the following clinics. Call to make an appointment. •Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A Street, SW, Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633 •Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, 410-222-7247 Additional information visit aahealth.org or the department's immunizations services office 410-222-4986. Breast cancer awareness The Department of Health's Learn to Live program is offering a free women's health kit that includes information on cancer screenings, nutrition and other women's health topics.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A nonprofit health clinic that serves more than 11,000 low-income clients at centers in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County is closing its doors at the end of the month. Stacy C. Fruhling, interim CEO of People's Community Health Centers, blamed the decision on "circumstances beyond our control. " Delays in receiving funds from a federal grant have affected the organization's ability to provide ongoing care, she wrote in a letter released Tuesday. She said all patients were being transferred to other health care providers.
NEWS
By Catherine E. Pugh and Dan K. Morhaim | March 10, 2014
This summer, Gov. Martin O'Malley and public health leaders justly celebrated the fact that infant mortality in our state has been driven to a new record low. By increasing access to care and outreach for new mothers and their babies - particularly in low-income communities - Maryland's infant mortality rate fell by 21 percent between 2008 and 2012. This is a tremendous achievement. But this hard won progress - as well as access for all expectant mothers - is at risk as we confront a looming obstetrics crisis: multi-million dollar medical malpractice judgments that are driving even higher the already high cost of medical liability.
NEWS
March 6, 2014
Maryland's health care system faces its greatest transformation in a generation - not because of the state's troubled health insurance exchange or even directly because of the Affordable Care Act but because of a change in the state's decades-old system for compensating hospitals. Under the terms of Maryland's newly updated waiver to Medicare rules, hospitals will make profits by keeping people well and out of their wards rather than by admitting them and treating them when they get sick.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Annie Monroe got in a quick workout at the FutureCare Irvington nursing home on a recent afternoon. But the 87-year-old great-grandmother doesn't live there. She was sent by a hospital in December for rehabilitation after suffering an infection. While the nursing home counts her as filling one of 40 rehab beds at the wooded campus outside of Catonsville, her home is in Baltimore. Monroe represents a trend in health care in Maryland, and across the country, to ensure that as much care as possible is administered outside of costly hospital wards.
NEWS
By Rebecca Ruggles | October 24, 2013
Fells Point residents are raising questions about chromium contamination at Harbor Point, and Morrell Park residents are concerned about the impact of a proposed CSX rail facility on their neighborhood. In Western Maryland, economic and health impact studies of potential shale gas drilling are underway, and students at Benjamin Franklin High School in South Baltimore are circulating a petition asking Gov. Martin O'Malley to halt construction of a new incinerator a mile from their school in an already heavily industrialized neighborhood.
NEWS
By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2002
Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend criticized her Republican opponent's record on health care issues yesterday while unveiling her own proposal to modernize and expand community medical centers that provide low-cost care to the poor and uninsured. Speaking at South Baltimore Family Health Center in Cherry Hill, Townsend said that as governor she would create a four-year, $5 million annual grant fund called the "Capital Needs Fund for Maryland's Community Health Centers." It would provide grants to the state's 11 community health systems to renovate buildings and purchase equipment.
NEWS
By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Staff Writer | August 15, 1993
TULSA, Okla. -- The pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. pulled off a public relations coup yesterday by using the National Governors' Association summer meeting as the forum to announce plans to donate prescription medicines for up to 1 million homeless, migrant or working poor around the nation.The medicines -- an array of brand-name Pfizer products used to fight infections, to ward off depression, or to treat diabetes, cardiovascular ailments or other illnesses -- are to be distributed through a voucher system by some 300 community health clinics and pilot projects nationwide.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
Fells Point residents are raising questions about chromium contamination at Harbor Point, and Morrell Park residents are concerned about the impact of a proposed CSX rail facility on their neighborhood. In Western Maryland, economic and health impact studies of potential shale gas drilling are underway, and students at Benjamin Franklin High School in South Baltimore are circulating a petition asking Gov. Martin O'Malley to halt construction of a new incinerator a mile from their school in an already heavily industrialized neighborhood.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
As Maryland health officials prepare for nationwide health reform, the goal is clear: enrolling the state's estimated 800,000 uninsured residents. But finding them is a challenge. There is no master list or map of the uninsured, who make up 14 percent of the state's population. And though census data can identify concentrations, including those in Baltimore City, Price George's County and the rural Eastern Shore, it doesn't provide detailed information about neighborhoods that should be targeted.
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