July 21, 2011
WESTMINSTER - State and local officials from Carroll, Frederick and Howard community colleges are scheduled to attend a ground breaking ceremony on Monday, July 25, for the new Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. The center is located at 1712 Back Acre Circle in Mount Airy. The three colleges are building on an existing academic agreement to provide additional student access to workforce education programs. The center, which is expected to open in the fall 2012, will provide health-care related programs.
February 1, 2011
National health care reform is on the minds of Americans, and whether one agrees with the new laws or not, the debate continues to stimulate discussion on how Americans can be healthier. The bottom line? Being sick costs money - not just for the individual but for employers as well. “Seventy percent of doctors visits are related to lifestyle behaviors,” says Cheryl Walker, program manager for Health Coaching and Wellness Coaching at Tai Sophia Institute in North Laurel. “If we get people to change behaviors, we reduce health care costs.” Everyone knows the old saying “habits are hard to break.” What the public health professionals are finally recognizing is that health education is not enough, and they are now looking at a relationship-centered approach to improving health.
September 17, 2010
Pointing to stubbornly high teen birth rates, Baltimore officials, youth advocacy organizations and sex-education groups gathered Friday to announce a new strategy aimed at coordinating disjointed prevention efforts and filling geographic gaps in services to city teens. About 66 of every 1,000 babies born in Baltimore in 2007 were to teen mothers, almost double the statewide rate, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The rates were even higher for the city's African-American and Hispanic mothers.
March 21, 2010
Sponsored by the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, educators will answer questions on nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes. Graul's, 607 Taylor Ave., Annapolis: noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28.
January 10, 2010
As the daughter of a renowned state legislator and a member of the Baltimore City Council for nearly her entire adult life, Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake has seen the city transform in the hands of numerous leaders. On Feb. 4, when she is sworn in as the city's 49th mayor, she gets her own chance to shepherd the city into a new era. A falling homicide rate, rising public school enrollments and a flourishing arts scene bring hope for brighter times, but Rawlings-Blake inherits a city beset by a colossal budget crisis, vacancies at the top of key agencies and a murder rate still among the highest in the nation.
November 25, 2008
For years, Baltimore's Health Education Resource Organization, known as HERO, was one of the most active, best-funded clinical support groups for people with HIV/AIDS in the country. It provided counseling, medical care, a place to gather and a sympathetic ear to patients who often had nowhere else to turn at a time when AIDS was poorly understood and its victims often stigmatized as unworthy of help. That's why past and present HERO clients are shocked and saddened by news that the group is preparing to end its 25-year mission of mercy in a city with at least 16,000 cases.