May 18th Youth Health and Leadership Summit to Include STI and HIV Prevention Information

  BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 13, 2013 – “Your Health Matters! You Are Royalty” is the theme for the 2013 Youth Health and Leadership Summit which will be held on Saturday May 18, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The free event is organized by The After School Institute and co-sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, BETAH Associates Incorporated, Prince Georges County Health Department, and the Prince George's County Public School System.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States. At the end of 2011, 28,197 Marylanders were diagnosed and living with HIV or AIDS. 1,405 youth ages 13-24 were living with HIV in Maryland in 2011. The most common HIV exposure category among youth in Maryland with a reported exposure is male to male sex.

“HIV education, testing and treatment are essential to the elimination of new HIV infections in Maryland,” said Michelle Spencer, Director of the DHMH, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration. “We encourage young people and their families to attend the Youth Health and Leadership Summit on May 18th.”

Youth attending the event will have an opportunity to network with community leaders, peer educators, service providers, and faith based organizations. Through various presentations speakers will address leadership skills, health issues including STI/HIV prevention, self-esteem, teen pregnancy prevention and relationships to promote healthy lifestyles. The summit is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jericho Christian College located at 8601 Jericho City Drive, Landover, Maryland 20785. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register go to www.afterschoolinstitute.org . For information about HIV go to http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/infectious_disease.aspx

 

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Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

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 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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