HSMP Annual Meeting 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, MD

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Main Conference, CEUs available
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.│Poster Showcase, Data Update & Networking, Lunch available for purchase
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.│Special Session: The Maryland Opioid Epidemic

Registration                                            Call for Poster Abstracts

The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for participants to network, learn from public health experts and receive updated on local health improvement efforts. The meeting will include learning sessions from distinguished speakers on various topics related to the four priority health issues facing St. Mary’s County: Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Healthy Eating & Active Living and Tobacco Use & Exposure to Secondhand Smoke.

Stay tuned for more information on break out sessions and for the official meeting schedule!

Speakers & Session Topics

Opening Session: HSMP Updates

Stephen T. Michaels, MD, is the chief operating and medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with direct responsibility for and oversight of the hospital’s day-to-day operations, as well as providing a comprehensive clinical vision and medical direction to ensure delivery of the highest quality healthcare services. Dr. Michaels currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership and will provide an update on the achievements and work of the action teams over the past year.


Keynote Session: Nutrition and the Modern Mind

Captain Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., is a Clinical Investigator and Acting Chief of the Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The importance of proper nutrition is widely recognized as a primary prevention strategy for major illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, yet it is rarely discussed in mental health. Captain Hibbeln will share the scientific case for and urgency of attention to the impact of diet on prevention  of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.


Closing Session: Meet ALICE

Michael Bellis, Executive Director of the United Way in Charles County will share local information on the United Way ALICE project. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is a ground-breaking report conducted throughout Maryland which highlights the daily struggle of the working poor. The ALICE report provides a framework for identifying the cost of living in our community and the number of affected families. This presentation will focus on the data and outcomes in the report as well as ongoing and future ways to serve this population.

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?
The 2017 conference schedule is not yet available, but will be posted on this page closer to the event. If you would like to view the agenda from last years meeting click here.

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 or suggestions?
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