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2016 Wellness at Work Award Winners

HEALTHIEST MARYLAND BUSINESSES ANNOUNCEMENT

Local Workplaces Receive 2016 Wellness at Work Awards
 
On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, presented a Silver level Wellness at Work award to Southern Maryland Electrical Cooperative and an On the Path award to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in work-site health promotion.
The Wellness at Work Awards took place as part of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. Easton Utilities was one of 42 businesses to receive an award. “This award is a direct reflection of our collective commitment to prioritize wellness and the level of participation in our program is exceptional,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities.
The Wellness at Work Awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award. To be eligible for an award, businesses are required to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time.
Launched in 2010 and based at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals and monitor progress. Six regional coordinators around the state provide personalized guidance to businesses of all sizes. To date, over 460 businesses have signed on to take advantage of this program.
Visit http://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/ for more information or to join.
Photo: MedStar St. Mary’s Hosipal Accepting their On the Path Award
Pictured are: Andrea Hamilton
Photo: SMECO accepting their Silver Award
Pictured are: Paulette Ager, Crystal Jackson, Van Mitchell, Victoria St. Arnold

Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership Calendar

In an effort to increase awareness of collaborative events between our partners, HSMP has created a live calendar for action team meetings and local health-focused events. This calendar offers the opportunity for community members to easily find meetings, activities and events related to health improvement in St. Mary’s County.

Members of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership are encouraged to use the calendar to promote events to a wide audience! Not a member yet? Click here for information on how to join the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership for FREE.

How to add the HSMP Calendar to your calendar

It’s easy to add the HSMP Calendar to your personal calendar! Use the address below to access the HSMP calendar from other applications. You can copy and paste this into any calendar product that supports the iCal format (e.g., Google Calendar, Apple Calendar (formerly iCal), IBM Lotus Notes, Yahoo! Calendar, Evolution, eM Client, Lightning extension for Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, and partially by Microsoft Outlook and Novell GroupWise)

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/stmaryspartnership%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

Using Google Calendar? Just follow these step by step instructions so that you never miss an HSMP meeting!

How to post your event to the HSMP Calendar

To post a training event to the calendar using Google Calendar:
  1. Create an event in your own Google Calendar. Tip: Make the title descriptive, such as “Free Community Health Fair in Lexington Park”
  2. Enter the time of the event
  3. Enter the event details including the street address, website or contact information and registration requirements if applicable.
  4. Add stmaryspartnership@gmail.com as a guest
  5. Allow HSMP to modify the event by selecting the option “modify event” under Guests can
  6. Save the event and send an invitation to guests (HSMP)

The event will appear on the HSMP Calendar after being reviewed by the administrator. The HSMP Calendar is operated by Google, but other email and calendar hosts should be able to post events with this or a similar process. If you are experiencing trouble creating an event, contact stmaryspartnership@gmail.com to generate one on your behalf.

Please note: All posts will be reviewed for approval by the administrator prior to posting. Collaborative and health focused events hosted by HSMP Partners will be given priority and HSMP retains the right to delete event posts that are deemed inappropriate, offensive or unrelated to its mission.
EXTERNAL LINKS DISCLAIMER: The appearance of external hyperlinks & events does not constitute endorsement by HSMP of the linked websites, or the information, products, or services contained therein. HSMP does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.

 

Safe Disposal of Medications

St Mary’s Drug Drop Off Initiative

(Sept 18, 2015, Leonardtown, MD)  Prescription drug abuse continues to be a growing national epidemic. Addiction overdoses and deaths involving non-medical prescription drug use, especially narcotic pain relievers, have risen dramatically over the last decade. This growth is fueled by misperceptions about prescription drug safety and increasing availability. Research shows that over half the number of people who obtained prescription drugs for non-medical use received them from a friend or relative at no cost, while another 15% bought them or took them from a friend or relative.

Consumers can help reduce prescription drug abuse rates by safely disposing of prescriptions through participation in the St. Mary’s County Drug Drop-Off Program. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has a prescription drug drop-off available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s located in the front lobby of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in Leonardtownand is completely anonymous. Simply remove all identifying information on labels and place in one of the two drop boxes.

Since the Drug Drop-Off Program began in 2011, 601,015 pills, 525 controlled pain patches and 58 bottles of controlled liquids have been diverted and properly disposed. St. Mary’s County is the only community in Maryland that counts individual pills/units to provide a means of tracking over prescribed medications.

“We have the blueprint, and we know the drug take-back program works,” states Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics.  “Although there is a national drug take back day on September 26 every year,  here in St. Mary’s County we take back every day.It comes down to a commitment from the Sheriff’s Office and the community.  This program has made an impact.”

Opportunities for safe disposal include:

  • Two drop boxes located in the front office at the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in Leonardtown. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services Health Fair, Friday, October 30th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California.
  • For St. Mary’s County residents facing mobility challenges, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will offer a pick-up service to retrieve unwanted prescription medications. Contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to register. Uniformed deputies will pick-up your unwanted medications and safely transport them to the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, September 26th. Last day to register for pick-up is Thursday, September 24th.

In addition to proper disposal, proper management of medications can also help prevent drug misuse and abuse.   Keeping medications out of sight and out of reach from others in the household; never share prescriptions or take someone else’s medication, and only take medication as directed.  A survey released by the National Community Pharmacists Association found that 75% of adults do not always take their prescription medication as directed.  Many forget to take their medication, take less than the prescribed dosage, or stop taking it before the supply runs out. In more than half the cases, the patients made these decisions without talking to a healthcare professional.

Working in support of the prescription drug drop-off program and other overdose response initiatives are the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and Walden Sierra Behavioral Health. With additional input from local pharmacies and medical practitioners, the Behavioral Health Action Team was formed. The team is a subcommittee of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership. Its goal is to identify specific issues related to substance abuse and mental health, formulate solutions, and seek funding to assist with services.

For more information: http://healthystmarys.com/behavioral-health/smartrx/

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