Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership Invites Community to attend 2017 Annual Meeting

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 28, 2017) – The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) is a coalition of community members and organizational partners working together to improve health in St. Mary’s County. The coalition mobilizes its members through four action teams to address local priority health issues: Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Healthy Eating & Active Living, and Tobacco Free Living. Each year, HSMP brings the members of these teams together for an Annual Meeting, providing the opportunity for participants to network, learn from public health experts and receive updates on local health improvement efforts.

This year, the HSMP Annual Meeting will take place on September 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. All members of the community are invited to attend this event to learn more about the health needs facing our residents and our response as a community.

The 2017 HSMP Annual Meeting will include a morning conference, followed by a networking lunch hour that offers a poster session and local data review, and a special afternoon session on the Maryland Opioid Crisis.

HSMP is pleased to announce several distinguished speakers, including:

  • Clay B. Stamp, Executive Director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, Senior Emergency Management Advisor to the Governor and Chair of the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council.
  • Captain Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., Clinical Investigator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the National Institutes of Health.
  • David Johnson, Vice President at Segal Consulting and Adjunct Professor at Towson University.
  • Stephen T. Michaels, M.D, Chief Operating and Medical Officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and Co-Chair of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership
  • Christina Church, Senior Policy Analyst for the Governor’s Office for Children.
  • Michael D. Bellis, Executive Director of the United Way in Charles County

These speakers will cover a range of topics related to health, including: work being done to create a healthier St. Mary’s County; the importance of nutrition for good mental health; tools to build a healthier workforce; strategies to support “Opportunity Youth”; the struggles of the working poor; and discussion on the Maryland opioid crisis from a state and local perspective.

Attendance is free, and CEUs will be offered for interested participants. For more information or to register, please visit: