HSMP Annual Meeting 2016

The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership hosted its 2nd Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. With over 100 attendees, it was a great success!

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Presentations & Speakers

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Opening Session: HSMP Updates

Kathleen O’Brien, Ph.D., is CEO of Walden/Sierra, Inc. a premier behavioral health organization serving Southern Maryland. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University. Dr. O’Brien has served St. Mary’s County with Walden since 1973 and is the Co-Chair of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership.


Keysntnote Session: Health Equity

Shalewa Noel-Thomas, PHD, MPH, is the Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Noel-Thomas has extensive experience in public health leadership, health disparities, community-based participatory research, program development, social service delivery and workforce development and training.


tilburgheadshotBreakout Session: Tobacco & Vaping Policy

William Tilburg, JD, is Deputy Director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) based at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. He provides technical legal assistance on a broad spectrum of public health issues, including tobacco use, to state and local legislators, health officials, and non-government organizations in Maryland and throughout the Northeast.



Breakout Session: Community Gardens

James P. McVey, Ph.D is a Marine Ecologist, Marine Aquaculturist and a Master Gardener. He currently serves as Vice President of Indigo Seafood, a LLC company focused on marine aquaculture and is the organizer and coordinator for Annmarie Children’s Garden in Calvert County. He has an extensive background in research and development projects related to aquaculture and biology.


R. T. West. Mr. West is a Calvert County Master Gardener with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management. He currently serves as the Garden Manager at Double Oak Farm, American Chestnut Land Trust. Double Oak Farm is a CSA (community supported agriculture) program that promotes agriculture and encourages people to buy locally grown foods. It provides wholesome food, reduces transportation costs and energy consumption, supports Calvert County’s agricultural economy.                                                                                              Session Handout



Breakout Session: Suicide Means Restriction

Debbie Rueber, BS, CHES, is a Health Educator with the Kenosha County Division of Health. Ms. Rueber is the Chair of Prevent Suicide Kenosha County Coalition and an active member of the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Steering Committee. She is also a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer.) trainer and the co-facilitator and founder of the Kenosha County Survivors of Suicide Support Group.


1deecbfClosing Session: Transportation Solutions to Increase Access to Care

Amy Conrick has 16 years’ experience in the transportation field as a writer, presenter, trainer, facilitator, and program manager in the mobility management, health care, and employment transportation fields. Currently, Amy teaches the National Center for Mobility Management’s “Creating Innovative Transportation Solutions” training, providing technical assistance in developing transportation services and innovative solutions to meet community needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership to attend this event?
No, anyone that is interested is welcome to attend the HSMP Annual Meeting! But if you would like to help create a healthier St. Mary’s County you can join HSMP for free by visiting: http://healthystmarys.com/membership!

Is the conference schedule available?
Yes. Click here to view the 2016 Meeting Agenda.

Will CEUs be provided?
Yes, our partners at the Department of Social Services will be coordinating CEUs for interested attendees. Attendees that met the requirements will recieve their CEUs by mail.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, printed tickets are not required but all attendees are asked to register so that we can be prepared with enough seating, handouts and refreshments.

Where can I contact the organizer with additional questions?
The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership would love to hear from you! Contact us at:
Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership
PO Box 316
Leonardtown, MD 20650
(301) 475 – 4323