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St. Mary’s County Health Department Programs Recognized Nationally as Promising Practices

Two St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) initiatives were recognized nationally as Promising Practices by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). NACCHO recognizes outstanding local public health practices, sharing them through a national database so other local health departments may replicate them in their communities. Program applications go through a rigorous peer-evaluation process to determine exemplary and replicable initiatives in response to local public health needs. The two SMCHD initiatives recognized for their positive impact on our local community include: The Role of School-Based Health Centers – Filling the Gaps in Local Healthcare  Harm Reduction through a Health Equity Lens  The primary goal of The Role of School-Based Health Centers initiative is to establish school-based health centers (SBHCs) in St. Mary’s County, improving access to health care in health professional shortage areas. SMCHD implemented SBHCs at Spring Ridge Middle School and Margaret Brent Middle School to increase access to care, decrease barriers to care, and improve health and wellness for students and employees within the St. Mary’s County Public School system as well as the general community. The Harm Reduction through a Health Equity Lens initiative was implemented in response to rising drug overdose numbers and opioid-related emergency department visits in St. […]

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