The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Observances

  • July is Minority Mental Health Month

    July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suicide, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which are often rooted in socioeconomic conditions like poverty, homelessness and violence. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia also disproportionally impact African Americans because of lack of access to health care. The perception of mental illness and depression as personal weaknesses and the tendency to manage mental health issues within the family and church community also hinder African Americans from seeking professional medical treatment. 

    To further advance the African American Health Program (AAHP)'s commitment to the total health and wellness of African Americans and persons of African descent in Montgomery County, AAHP will add mental health as a focus area. We will provide resources and education to promote understanding of and treatment for mental health. We will also work to dispel the the stigma that surrounds mental health.

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Community Health News

  • June 13, 2016

    County Seeks Volunteers to Work with Victims of Sexual Assault

    Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a late May 2016 training session. VASAP outreach volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours in 2014 serving victims of sexual assault in Montgomery County.

    Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

    For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.
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