Living Well in Prince George's County

Another Successful Year for the PTCHP

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 | Written by Port Towns CHP
The Port Towns Community Health Partnership is celebrating its sixth year with many successes for 2015.   -Port Towns Farmers Market opened and operated in Autumn Woods from July to September.  Kudos to all of the work of ECO City Farms in putting the Farmers Market together.-End Time Harvest Ministries had a successful summer internship program with students working at all four of the Port Towns (Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Bladensburg), ECO City Farms,…
PLACE MATTERS (PM) is a national initiative of the National Collaborative, designed to build the capacity of leaders to address the social, economic and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities.  Nineteen PLACE MATTERS teams, comprised of leaders working across different sectors, work in 27 jurisdictions to improve community conditions for health by building support for policies that promote racial and economic justice.      This video was originally created in 20011 to visually highlight the…

Place Matters: Eliminating Health Disparities in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Written by David Harrington
The Prince George's County, Maryland Place Matters team is addressing food inequity by establishing a Food Policy Council and working with the county's recreation department to design and implement after-school healthy eating and active-living programs. The project is beginning with the waterfront towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston, which have drafted a Community Action Plan with strategies on how to reduce chronic disease in Prince George's County. Partners on the Community Action…

Obesity: Know Your Place

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | Written by Natalie S. Burke
Most of us think that our health is determined by our genes, our behaviors, and the healthcare we receive. While all of those play critical roles, there is another very important determinant of our health—place.  In public health circles and amongst a growing segment of the medical community, there is mounting evidence that where we live can determine up to one half of our health status. Being in the wrong zip code can actually endanger…

Grant sends positive message to county’s children

Friday, May 9, 2014 | Written by David Harrington
When I learned that President Obama awarded $7 million in grant support to three Prince George’s County schools, I felt more than gratitude … I felt promise.As a longtime resident, former elected official and as an advocate in the county, it was inspiring to see this commitment to elevating current work. This is more than a grant; these dollars tell our community and our children, “You matter, we know there are barriers and we will…

Prince George’s joins national movement to create healthy communities

Friday, March 7, 2014 | Written by David Harrington
In many Prince George’s County neighborhoods, it’s easier to find a place to buy fried foods, soda and beer than it is to find a fresh piece of fruit or a green space to go for a walk. We see rows and rows of convenience food stores and popular fast food establishments. Where are the farm stands and healthy food stores? And how can we better use our parks and playgrounds to invite children out…