July 21, 2013
Uninsured and diagnosed with HIV in 2004, Northeast Baltimore resident Dorothea Townes visits Chase Brexton Health Services' Mount Vernon clinic at least once a month to pick up medications and get checkups. "It's a big difference," Townes, 49, said of the personalized treatment she receives compared with the care her friends get at hospitals. Community health centers such as Chase Brexton are about to play a far larger role in the nation's health care when the federal health reform law is fully implemented in January.
January 11, 2013
Community health events Howard County General Hospital will offer the following community health education programs in January. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the hospital's Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. To register, go to hcgh.org . Information: 410-740-7601. • "Happiest Baby on the Block," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Parents and parents-to-be can learn techniques to quickly soothe their baby.
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...
September 7, 2012
Sharon Johnson is not a physician or scientific researcher. She has never been trained as a nurse. Her most recent prior occupation was as office manager in a dental practice. Yet colleagues say she's a bundle of compassion, a quick study and a genius at communicating with people of all backgrounds — all qualities that have made her a key player in iHOMES, a Johns Hopkins-based network of health care providers who are dedicated to mobilizing every possible resource in the fight against sickle cell disease.
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.