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Healthy Maryland Week Highlights Health Enterprise Zones

June 1, 2012
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Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown (pictured far left) held an event on Thursday May 31, 2012 to highlight the O'Malley-Brown Administration's efforts to address health disparities. The event, which took place during "Healthy Maryland Week," included a free health screening event in partnership with the Prince George's County Health Department, Kaiser Permanente and Greater Baden Medical Services at the Wayne K. Curry Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex. Lt. Governor Brown and Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, shared plans to implement Maryland's new Health Enterprise Zones program to reduce health disparities, an initiative developed by the Lt. Governor and passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2012 legislative session.

Dr. Stephen Thomas, professor of Health Services Administration and director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity (pictured at podium), was one of several invited speakers at the press conference. He delivered remarks highlighting the opportunity and challenge of establishing Health Enterprise Zones in Prince George's County and emphasized the School of Public Health's commitment to be an academic research partner for this historic effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, and advance a better state of health for all Marylanders.

The O'Malley-Brown Administration has partnered with the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland to hold events for Healthy Maryland Week that encourage Marylanders to lead a healthier life by promoting wellness through physical fitness, diet, and preventive care.

Lt. Governor Brown leads the O'Malley-Brown Administration's efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to over 318,000 Marylanders and positioned the state to implement provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, regardless of the health care reform law's fate.

Pictured left to right:

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, Mr. John Hurson (Chairman Maryland Community Health Resources Commission), Dr. Carlessia Hussein (Director of Maryland Office of Health Disparities)

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