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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  • Breastfeeding Awareness Month & World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7)

    Breast milk protects infants from illness and infections, and breastfeeding benefits mothers by decreasing their risk of some health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and postpartum depression. AAHP is a proud supporter of National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week. Led by certified breastfeeding educators and registered nurses, our SMILE program provides breastfeeding education and support in Montgomery County.

    Reports state that Black women breastfeed at a lower rate than other groups, but SMILE is changing that one mom at a time. In 2013, more than 66% of SMILE participants breastfed for at least three months – significantly higher than the U.S. average (37.7%) and Maryland average (29.3%), according to the CDC.

    During August, join the AAHP in spreading the word that Black women DO breastfeed! Tweet us @onehealthylife #IamBlackandIBreastfeed and share your story on Facebook!


  • April 29, 2014

    LIEED Advisory Committee Recognition

    On April 29, 2014, the Montgomery County Council presented a proclamation to the Leadership Institute for Equity and Elimination of Disparities (LIEED) Advisory Committee in recognition of its efforts to reduce health disparities. Shown at left are Pat Grant, chair, and Arva Jackson of the AAHP Executive Committee.

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