Our Priorities

FY 18-20 Access to Care Priorities:

Priority 1: Reduce Emergency Department visits for diabetes, hypertension, and asthma in Howard County.

Priority 2:
 Increase the number of Howard County children and adults who access dental care annually.

Work Group Delegates:

Tara Butler, CHES®
Population Health Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Medicine Howard County General Hospital
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(410) 720-8782

Shanika Cooper, MHS-PC
Director, Bureau of Healthcare Access
Howard County Health Department
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(410) 313-7504

FY 18-20 Behavioral Health Priorities:

Priority 1: Reduce Emergency Department visits related to mental health conditions in Howard County.

Priority 2:
 Reduce Emergency Department visits for addiction-related conditions in Howard County.


Priority 3:
 Reduce suicide rates in Howard County. 

Work Group Delegates:

Tina Field, MS
Hotline Manager
Grassroots Crisis Center
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(410) 531-6677 ext 1722

Colleen Nester, LCSW-C
Supervisor, Youth and Family Support Services Unit
Bureau of Behavioral Health, Howard County Health Department
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(410) 313-0613

FY 18-20 Healthy Aging Priorities:

Priority 1: Reduce Alzheimer’s and dementia-related emergencies in Howard County.

Priority 2: Reduce fall-related deaths in Howard County. 

Work Group Delegates:

Chris Moore, MA, CIRS-A/D
Maryland Access Point Supervisor
Howard County Office on Aging and Independence
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(410) 313-6029

Andrea Raid, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing, Bureau Director for Clinical Services

Howard County Health Department
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(410) 313-0825

FY 18-20 Healthy Weight Priority:

Priority 1:  Reduce obesity in Howard County.

Work Group Delegates:

Benjamin Barnwell Sr.
Manager of Community Engagement, Office of the Local Children's Board

Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
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(410) 313-0221

Matt Wilson
Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Policy, Planning & Communications
Howard County Health Department
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(410) 313-6233

To view agendas, minutes and presentations from work group meetings, please visit the Meeting Portal page. 

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