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July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

June 11, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

Community Health News

July is National Minority Mental Health Month

July 7, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

June 11, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

AAHP News

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

Community Health News

July is National Minority Mental Health Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

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AAHP News

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

May 10, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

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AAHP News

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

Community Health News

July is National Minority Mental Health Month

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In observance, AAHP will focus on raising awareness of mental health issues and promote and support access to quality mental health care among African Americans in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, African Americans face more mental health challenges than White Americans but are less likely to receive quality mental health treatment. According to Health in Montgomery County, 2008-2016, a report published by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, African Americans had the highest rate of emergency room visits for mental health and substance abuse. The reasons for these disparities include the stigmatization of mental illness as well as less access to quality health care among African Americans overall.

Everyone can do their part to improve mental health outcomes among African Americans by reducing the stigma of mental illness. Open, earnest conversations about mental health with friends and family can help “normalize” mental health so that more people can be encouraged to seek treatment to improve their mental health and ultimately, their sense of peace and well-being.

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AAHP provides information and services based on six major focus areas.

Maternal and Child Health

We provide education, counseling, support groups and case management to expecting mothers.

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

Diabetes/heart health

We provide education and counseling on prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

CANCER

We provide cancer prevention, education, community outreach and referrals.

WHY? Because Blacks have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers.

Source: American Cancer Society

WHY? Because Black men and women are about twice as likely to die from colorectal cancer and breast cancer than White men and women, respectively.

Source: The American Cancer Society

STI/HIV/AIDS

We provide free and confidential HIV testing and pre- and post-test counseling.

WHY? Because in 2016, Blacks made up 44% of cancer diagnoses, though making up roughly 12% of the U.S. population.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHY? Because in 2016, in Montgomery County, five times more Blacks were diagnosed with HIV than Whites.

Source: Maryland Department of Health

MENTAL HEALTH

We raise awareness and provide mental health education, screenings and referrals.

WHY? Because Blacks are 10% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Whites.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

WHY? Because Blacks are more likely to be misdiagnosed and to receive no or less adequate treatment for mental health disorders than Whites.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness

ORAL HEALTH

We provide educational materials at community outreach events focusing on oral health and disease prevention.

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

WHY? Because Black infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birthweight as compared to non-Hispanic White infants.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

The African American Health Program (AAHP) is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for Black residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. 

AAHP's Executive Coalition's next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building in the Spring Room.  The topic of discussion will be community collaboration.

AAHP's Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Classes at the Germantown Library will focus on cancer this January. On Tuesday, January 23, from 6 - 9 pm, the class will provide an overview of cancer and on Tuesday, January 30, from 6-9 pm, the class will focus on prostate, lung, and breast cancer.

For a complete listing of AAHP's October events, please see our October calendar.
See September Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS

AAHP PSAs

PSA: Cross-Cutting Issues
PSA: AAHP Focus Areas
PSA: The S.M.I.L.E. Program
PSA: Diabetes
PSA: Men's Health

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