The St. Mary’s County Health Department and other key community partners launched the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) in April 2013 to serve as the local health improvement coalition for St. Mary’s County. The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership is community-driven and community-based. It includes an expanding number of public and private partners working together to address the priority health needs for St. Mary’s County, as set by the community health improvement process.
Through action teams, Healthy St. Mary’s addresses the priority health areas for the current cycle of the community health improvement process. For the 2011–2020 cycle, health priority areas for St. Mary’s County and their corresponding action teams are as follows:
- Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Overweight/Obesity → HEAL Action Team
- Tobacco Use and Exposure to Secondhand Smoke → Tobacco Free Living Action Team
- Behavioral Health (including Mental Health and Substance Abuse) → Behavioral Health Action Team
- Access to Healthcare Services → Access to Care Action Team