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"Serving Together" Initiative to Improve Support Services for Troops, Vets and Families

The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County (MHA) has launched a new community-wide initiative called "Serving Together: Troops, Veterans and Family Care Project."

The project will coordinate and strengthen community-based resources for troops, veterans and their families and improve access to a range of health, mental health and other support services in Montgomery County where there are an estimated 50,000 veterans. Four thousand of these men and women serve or have served in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 50% are drawn from the National Guard and Reserves.

Serving Together is made possible by a four-year, $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- the nation’s largest funder dedicated to improving health and health care for all Americans -- and matching dollars from local funders. The project is an initiative of MHA, in collaboration with Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region and other community partners.

For more information about Serving Together, contact Stefanie Moreno at 301-424-0656. Troops, veterans and family members in need of immediate services should call the MHA Military Helpline, 301-738-7176.

POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 | 4:00:00 AM |

Three Little Words with Big Meaning for Outdoor Workers This Summer: Water, Rest, Shade

Water, Rest, Shade

The bad news is heat illness can be deadly. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die.

The good news is there’s a simple way to prevent heat-related illnesses and it boils down to three little words – water, rest, shade.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. Department of Labor has initiated a nationwide outreach campaign designed to let employees and employers know about the hazards faced by outside workers exposed to summer heat.

For more information, visit osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness.


CATEGORIES: Health , Senior
POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 | 4:39:00 PM |

Hot Cars and Kids -- a Deadly Combination

Across the country, July is typically the deadliest month for child fatalities in hot cars and that’s why Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) officials are reminding busy parents that it’s never okay to leave a child unattended in a car for any length of time or at any time of year.

This time of year, even with a window cracked, the temperature in a car can beome life-threatening within minutes. As temperatures rise, so does the risk of children being forgotten in vehicles, still strapped in their carseats, and dying from excessive heat exposure. Moreover, the body temperature of children rises three to five times faster than adults which means children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke.

Busy parents have a lot on their minds, so MCFRS has compiled a list of tips for parents, family members and caregivers to review.

Those tips include:

  • To avoid forgetting your child, always put your cell phone, PDA, gym bag, purse or briefcase, and anything else you'll need that day, on the floor of the backseat. When you retrieve it at the end of the ride, you'll see your child.
  • Take your children inside the home, and then unload groceries, dry cleaning and other items.
  • Before putting a child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the temperature of the carseat or upholstery. Hot interior surfaces of a car can burn a child’s skin
  • Keep a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. When you put your child in the seat, move the animal to the front passenger seat to remind you that your baby's on board
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately

To see the complete list of tips, visit the DFRS homepage and click on MCFRS Blog.

CATEGORIES: Public Safety , Health
POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 | 4:38:00 PM |

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Remain at Parklawn Drive Facility

County Executive Ike Leggett has applauded the decision of the General Services Administration that will keep the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County.

“I am pleased that the General Services Administration (GSA) has chosen Montgomery County as the location to consolidate four U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ offices. The Parklawn Drive Building is adjacent to the Twinbrook metro station and convenient to shopping and dining in the area, which is consistent with our County’s transit oriented development initiative.

“Close to 3,000 employees will eventually work in the renovated 936,000 square feet of office space. Chevy Chase-based JBG Companies will invest $270 million for renovation of the building, and the County will benefit from the additional property tax revenue generated by the expanded space.

“Montgomery County is a great place to live and work and the GSA agreed with us.”

CATEGORIES: County Executive , Health
POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 | 10:00:00 AM |


Success of Consumer Protection Volunteers Told in Post Article

In carrying out its mission to enforce consumer protection laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive business acts or practices, the County’s Office of Consumer Protection has found success in using volunteers to support the work of its staff investigators.

The story of some of these volunteers and the cases they have worked on was detailed in a recent Washington Post article.

For more about the award-winning Office of Consumer Protection, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.

Maryland Senior Olympics Website Earns Top Award

For the second straight year, the website of Maryland Senior Olympics (MSO) has been named the nation’s top Senior Games website by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA).

The site is produced by veteran sports journalist, editor and former Recreation Department employee Dennis Tuttle of Silver Spring who develops, writes and designs the content and images on www.mdseniorolympics.org.

MSO Executive Director Ted Wroth said, “Our athletes love the newspaper-quality combination of human interest storylines, news, information, results, records and historical perspective. It’s obviously a winning formula.”

Montgomery County has administered the State games since 2008.

The Maryland Senior Olympics is a non-profit organization for proactive residents aged 50 and above.

County’s Volunteer Center Receives State Grant

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center has received a $25,000 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant from the Governors Office on Service and Volunteerism to increase the ability to recruit and retain volunteers in a range of  opportunities.

The center will use the state grant to increase volunteerism through the new "Pledge 25" initiative which encourages residents to volunteer 25 hours between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and Make a Difference Day on October 22. Montgomery County will also use funding for website updates and to transition to the new HandsOn Connect database.

Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center was one of six centers throughout Maryland to receive a grant passed through the state from the Corporation for National and Community Services Volunteer Generation Fund.

The funds will support activities through the end of this year.

CATEGORIES: Making News , Senior , Health
POSTED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |

Step Right Up and Get Your Flu Shot

County health officials today announced the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccination clinic schedule and urged residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated. Montgomery County clinics will offer FREE vaccinations by appointment only.

The 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 virus, along with influenza A and influenza B strains, so there will be only one vaccination needed this year.

The clinics begin on October 23 and will be held at locations on various dates through December 9.

For more information about the flu and to make an online appointment, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/flu. Those without Internet access can call 311 to make an appointment.

CATEGORIES: News , Health
POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010 | 6:00:00 AM |
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