2017 HSMP Annual Meeting

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 Crisis, separate registration required

Registration                                            Call for Poster Abstracts

The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for participants to network, learn from public health experts and receive updates 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.

Meeting Schedule

Speakers & Session Topics

Opening Session: HSMP Updates

Stephen T. Michaels, M.D., 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.


Breakout Session: Building a Healthier Workforce

David Johnson, Vice President, Segal Consulting and Adjunct Professor, Towson University, will discuss strategies employers can implement to boost profits through building a healthier, more productive workforce. Learn practical tips to garner senior management support, create a healthier work environment, harness employees’ own intrinsic motivation to change and build sustained healthy habits. Using examples from high performing organizations, as well as research in behavior change, our speaker will highlight how employers can effectively transition from sporadic, activity-based programs to “cultures of health” which support ongoing health improvement – and generate improved financial performance.


Breakout Session: Strategies for Supporting Opportunity Youth

Christina Church, Senior Policy Analyst with the Governor’s Office for Children will provide an overview of the state of Maryland’s strategic goal to improve outcomes for youth ages 16-24 who are not working and not in school, “Opportunity Youth”. Background data and information about national and statewide trends will be shared. Statewide activities to address this often ignored and hard-to-serve population will be described. This session will also discuss the role of local partners in meeting the many needs of this population in St. Mary’s County.


Breakout Session: Engaging the Faith Community in Health Improvement Strategies

Faith-based organizations play a pivotal role in strengthening the social fabric of neighborhoods, mobilizing residents to address community issues, promoting volunteerism, and delivering direct services across a broad spectrum to address critical unmet human needs. Bishop Larry Lee Thomas, the pastor of the Empowering Believers Church in Glen Bernie, Maryland will discuss the statewide Smoke Free Holy Ground initiative and strategies for engaging faith-based partners to create lasting change.


Closing Session: Meet ALICE

Michael D. Bellis, Executive Director of the United Way in Charles County will share 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.


Special Session: The Maryland Opioid Crisis

Please note: Separate registration is required for this session.

State of Maryland Update: Prevention & Response

Clay Stamp is the Senior Emergency Management Advisor to Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, and Chair of the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council. Mr. Stamp currently serves as Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center, working with the emergency management system to effectively and efficiently coordinate statewide efforts in combating the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland. Mr. Stamp will present on the Opioid Operational Command Center and how the state of Maryland is working to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic.


Local Update: The Opioid Crisis in St. Mary’s

Meenakshi G. Brewster, M.D., MPH, serves as the Health Officer for St. Mary’s County and as Co-Chair of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership. Dr. Brewster directs activities of the local health department and works with community partners to address population level health issues. Dr. Brewster will provide a comprehensive update on local data and programs related to opioid misuse prevention and control in St. Mary’s County.


Training for Community Members: Overdose Response Program

The St. Mary’s County Health Department will offer the Overdose Response Program for free to any interested community members, directly following the presentations and Q&A. The Overdose Response Program trains participants how to recognize and assist someone experiencing an opioid overdose when emergency medical services are not immediately available.

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