African American Community Health Day set for May 22

During Black Wellness Health Week, the African American Health Program (AAHP) and its partner organization are hosting a virtual community day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Attendees will learn about the African American Health Program and what we are doing to improve the health of the black community in Montgomery County,” said Jacque Williams, AAHP Executive Committee Co-Chair. During the eighth annual program, “We hope to impact hundreds of lives and equip them with the knowledge they need to live healthier lives.”

The program includes a cooking demonstration, self-care tips, container gardening information, a “June Bug” dance challenge and other events. An interactive panel of medical experts will also be featured.

The day is a collaborative effort hosted by AAHP and its partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Sigma Omega Chapter and Theta Omega Omega Chapter; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter; the Montgomery County Conference of Black Ministers; the American County Caribbean Advisory Group; GirlTrek; the Montgomery County branch of the NAACP; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Montgomery County Alumni Chapter; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Nu Chapter; Rotary Club of Downtown Silver Spring; Patuxent River chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Montgomery County Chapter, Victims Rights Foundation, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Pi Beta Chapter; and Venice Mundle-Harvey, owner/agent, Allstate.

Registration is mandatory. There are no fees. For more information, go to blackwellness4us.org or call 240-777-1833.

AAHP is part of the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and was started in 1999 to address health care disparities that disproportionately affect African Americans and people of descent. African in Montgomery County.

It focuses on six major health areas: maternal and child health; HIV/AIDS; Diabetes; oral health; heart disease; and cancer. Aging, faith-based and mental health services are cross-cutting components. Services provided include outreach, health education, support groups, referrals and case management by nurses.