County’s Health Ranking Among Highest in Maryland

The third annual County Health Rankings (CHR) for Maryland, a project of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, continues to reinforce that where one lives matters to health. Montgomery County and neighboring Howard County have the highest overall rankings in the state.

For several measures there were no statistically significant differences in rates between the two counties, including premature death (years of potential life lost); poor or fair health; poor physical health days; poor mental health days; low birth weight; adult smoking; physical inactivity; excessive drinking; motor vehicle crash death rate; diabetic screening; mammography screening; children in poverty; inadequate social support; and children in single-parent households.

Montgomery County had statistically significant better rates in the areas of adult obesity and preventable hospital stays. Howard County demonstrated statistically significant better rates of teen birth rates, uninsured population and residents with at least some college education.

A one-stop online source for population-based data and information about community health and the social and environmental determinants of health was launched last year at

The website provides data and information on more than 90 topics related to the health and well being of the community and its residents. Data on the website assists County policy makers and partners in identifying key priority areas and will help guide decisions about strategies to meet various needs.

Paper, Paper and More Paper…Than Ever Before: Paper Shredding Event Breaks Records

NBC4 has reported that the paper shredding event held in late March in the Montgomery College parking lot at Mannakee Street and Route 355 was the largest community shred they have held in Montgomery County.

According to the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS), “The event broke our last recorded ‘bests.’”

  • More cars --1,541-- came through the event; and
  • 70 percent more cardboard (1.66 tons) was collected and recycled than from previous events

In addition, Sean Wynn, District Operations manager for the Securit | Shred-it - Washington DC Region, reported that approximately 34 tons of paper were collected, saving an estimated 640 trees.

Eileen Kao, chief of DSWS’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Section, thanked all those who participated and said, “So many of the residents who brought their confidential paper for shredding and recycling and gave us their cardboard for recycling expressed their thanks and gratitude for giving them this recycling opportunity.”

Partnering with NBC4 and the County on the event were Montgomery College, PNC Bank, Shred-It and Unity Disposal and Recycling.

To learn about future opportunities to shred confidential papers and recycle cardboard in Montgomery County, visit

Your Chance to Serve: Openings on Boards, Committees and Commissions

Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints are presented. Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply to fill vacancies on various County boards, committees and commissions.

Included among the current organizations with vacancies are the following:

  • Cable Compliance Commission
  • Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board
  • Victim Services Advisory Board
  • Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board

Get details about each group with current openings, plus deadlines.

An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be mailed to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850, or emailed to Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting
POSTED AT: Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 3:00:00 AM |
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