National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year.

The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA’s state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.

The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other speciality nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.


This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, MI. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.

Follow this link to celebrate with the Nurses at this National Nurses Week

American Nurses Association Inc.

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Social Inequalities in health are marked and, in fact, have widened over time for a number of health indicators in the United States, most notably in life expectancy, infant mortality, cancer and cardiovascular mortality, and HIV/AIDS, according a new study published in the International Journal of MCH and AIDS (IJMA).

The study entitled “Social Determinants of Health in the United States: Addressing Major Health Inequality Trends for the Nation, 1935-2016” which was published in the latest issue of the journal examines many important health inequality trends by social determinants such as race/ethnicity, education, income, poverty, area deprivation, unemployment, housing, rural-urban residence, and geographic location.

The following are some of the key findings of the study:

  • Life expectancy of Americans increased from 69.7 years in 1950 to 78.8 years in 2015. However, disparities have persisted. In 2015, life expectancy was highest for Asian/Pacific Islanders (87.7 years) and lowest for African Americans (75.7 years).
  • There are wide disparities in US life expectancy – a gap of more than 17 years in life expectancy between African American men (72.3 years) and Asian/Pacific Islander women (89.7 years).
  • Life expectancy is lower in rural areas of the United States. Rural-urban disparities in life expectancy have widened over the past 25 years. Life expectancy ranges from 74.5 years for men in rural areas to 82.4 years for women in large metropolitan areas.
  • During the past eight decades, infant mortality rates have decreased greatly for all groups. However, racial disparities have widened over time. In 2015, the mortality rate for African American infants was 11.4 per 1,000 live births, 2.3 times higher than the rate of 4.9 for white infants.
  • Infant mortality is two times greater in the poorest communities of the US compared to the most-affluent communities.
  • Men with less than a high school education and those below the poverty level have 2.6 times higher lung cancer mortality than their more educated and affluent counterparts.
  • Men and women with less than a high school education have, respectively, 42% and 120% higher colorectal cancer mortality risks than those with a college degree.
  • Women with less than a high school education and below the poverty level have 6.3 and 4.0 times higher cervical cancer mortality than women with the highest education and income levels, respectively.
  • Men and women with low education and incomes have 46-76% higher CVD mortality than their counterparts with high education and income levels. Women in transport occupations have 2.6 times higher mortality risks than those in executive and managerial occupations.

For further information, please contact IJMA at:

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Washington, DC — About 61 percent of people with Nigerian ancestry age 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher — more than twice the U.S. rate of 28.5 percent, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report on Characteristics of Selected Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean Ancestry Groups in the United States: 2008-2012.

This new report from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey covers the population who reported Sub-Saharan African ancestry — Ethiopian and Nigerian — and Caribbean (West Indian) ancestry — Haitian, Jamaican, and Trinidadian and Tobagonian. These ancestry groups were selected due to their relatively small populations and being under researched compared to their counterparts. About 2.5 million people in the United States identified as one of these ancestry groups, or around 0.8 percent of the total U.S. population. This represents an increase of about 2.1 million, or around 469 percent, since the 1980 Census.

“Acquiring a college or other advanced degree was a major factor for many people of Nigerian ancestry coming to the United States, so it is not surprising that twice as many had a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to all people and the other selected ancestry groups,” said Dr. Stella Ogunwole, a demographer in the Population Division.

The report also found the rate of labor force participation was 71 percent or higher for all of the selected groups compared to the U.S. rate of 64.7 percent. Thirty-six percent of the civilian employed population age 16 and older in the United States worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, but the Nigerians — the most educated group — had the largest share in this type of occupation at 52 percent.

“Each of these ancestries carved a different immigration path to the United States: many sought technical training, advanced education, political asylum and better opportunities with the thriving labor market,” added Ogunwole.

Ethiopians were the fastest growing among these ancestry groups — growing from 1980 to 2008-2012 by around 2,400 percent, and Haitians had the largest numeric change over the same period, with an increase of about 777,000 (862 percent).

“The New York and Miami metro areas in particular had large concentrations of people of Jamaican or Haitian ancestry,” said Darryl Cohen, a geographer in the Population Division.

These findings came from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. The report also used decennial censuses back to 1980 to compare changes in population for given ancestry groups, since ancestry was first measured in the 1980 Census. The findings from the report include the geographic distribution of the population in these ancestry groups, as well as various demographic and socio-economic characteristics, such as age and sex, household type, nativity, educational attainment, labor force participation, occupation, earnings, poverty and homeownership.

Other highlights from the report:


The two Sub-Saharan African ancestry groups (Nigerian and Ethiopian) and those of Haitian ancestry each had a median age of about 30 years, younger than the other two Caribbean groups (Jamaican at 34.5 years, and Trinidadian and Tobagonian at 35.8 years).

Labor Force
Nationally about two-thirds (65 percent) of the population age 16 and older was in the labor force. People who reported Nigerian or Ethiopian ancestries had the highest participation rates (76 percent each) among all the selected ancestry groups.

At least 71 percent of people age 16 and older with Haitian, Jamaican, and Trinidadian and Tobagonian ancestries participated in the labor force.

The geographic distributions of these ancestry groups vary considerably, with those of Haitian, Jamaican, and Trinidadian and Tobagonian ancestries most concentrated in Florida and New York. The Ethiopian and Nigerian ancestry groups are more widely dispersed across the United States.

Language diversity
Even though English is the official language of Nigeria, less than half of the population reporting Nigerian ancestry spoke only English at home (43 percent).

Eighty percent of the U.S. population age 5 and older spoke only English at home. Among the selected ancestry groups, those with Trinidadian and Tobagonian (95.5 percent) and Jamaican (92.7 percent) ancestries were most likely to speak only English at home.

Foreign-Born Status
In 2012, 13 percent of people residing in the United States were foreign-born. By comparison, almost three-quarters of the population reporting Ethiopian ancestry (72 percent) were foreign-born, the highest among the selected ancestry groups.

Approximately six out of every 10 people among the other ancestry groups (Trinidadian and Tobagonian, Nigerian, Jamaican and Haitian ancestries) were foreign-born.

Those with Jamaican ancestry had the highest rate of homeownership among the five groups, at 53.7 percent; the national rate was 65.5 percent.

The American Community Survey is a nationwide survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, social, economic and housing data for congressional districts, counties, places and other localities every year.

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The Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) seeks to fill the position of Director in early 2017.

MdEHN was formed 5 years ago through the support and vision of key funders, with guidance from a Steering Committee of issue experts, and under the leadership of Rebecca Ruggles. MdEHN functions under the auspices of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers which serves as its fiscal agent.

MdEHN has three full-time staff:  Rebecca Ruggles, Director; Allison Rich, Children’s Environmental Health Specialist, and Rebecca Rehr, Public Health Advocacy Coordinator.

Rebecca Ruggles will leave her role as founding director at the end of 2016 or in early 2017. The Director position is responsible for strategic planning, project oversight, partner and funder relations, grant-writing, and staff coordination.

We seek candidates who are able to support our strong staff and enable their work to continue, as guided by our strategic plan, vision, mission, and values. The new director will be a professional with knowledge of public health, advocacy, environmental health, and/or non-profit management.  Passion for issues of environmental justice and equity in Maryland is central to our organization.  The next director will also take MdEHN in new directions, forging new partnerships, and competing successfully for new funding streams.

The position can be structured to accommodate schedule preferences, including the possibility of working on a part-time basis and with flexibility for the work to be performed both on-site and remotely.

Applicants should send a confidential letter of inquiry to the email address below discussing the following:

  • Your background or training in public health, environmental health, or related fields
  • Your knowledge of the Maryland landscape (or a similar state)
  • Your philosophy of leadership and team management
  • Specific skills, contacts, or relevant knowledge that you can offer – particularly in
    • Strategic Planning for small non-profits
    • Funder Relations and Grant Writing
    • Advocacy
  • Why you would like to join MdEHN

Further Information

Rebecca Ruggles is available to talk by phone or email to discuss this opportunity informally.

Please review the organization website and the summary below of our vision, mission, values, roles, and strategic priorities before contacting Rebecca to schedule a time to speak.

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pubmed-logoThe International Journal of MCH and AIDS (IJMA), one of the two scholarly journals published by GHEP, has been accepted for indexing in PubMed and PubMed Central, two prestigious journal indexing and abstracting services and databases of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

This means that the full text of all articles published in IJMA will become available on PMC and PubMed effective immediately. For authors this means greater discoverability, potentially increased readership and citations in the field of research.

With its acceptance, IJMA joins the league of other prestigious global health journals who use the PubMed and PMC platforms to disseminate their work to millions of readers around the world who rely on the integrity of NLM and NIH who curate these indexing services following intense scrutiny and pre-acceptance technical and academic reviews.

Dr. Romuladus Azuine, IJMA Editor-in-Chief, said that he was excited about the tremendous visibility that the PubMed and PMC indexing would bestow upon the journal, adding that he looks forward to pushing forward in his efforts to distinguish the journal and its acceptability to the wider research community.

“Our indexing in these two services also sets the stage for the next phase of the journal’s development in the dissemination of pioneering work in the field of MCH and AIDS, as well as global health,” Dr. Azuine said while reacting to the news in Washington, DC, USA.

GHEP’s second scholarly journal, the International Journal of Translational Medical Research and Public Health (IJTMRPH) is currently reviewing manuscripts for its first volume set to publish in mid-to late Fall 2016. Readers can read more about the journals by clicking on IJMA and on IJTMRPH.


PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)sections are noted with plus and minus signs so that you can add and subtract content blocks.

pmc-logo-downloadIn keeping with NLM’s legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to NLM’s extensive print journal collection. Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Readers can learn more by clicking on the PMC link.



PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites sections are noted with plus and minus signs so that you can add and subtract content blocks.

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globenewsNearly 300 people from different parts of the Washington, DC metro region received direct services and other life-saving public health information at the 2016 Community Health and Environment Fair held Saturday, May 14 at the Riverdale Elementary School in Prince George’s County, MD.

The health fair was organized by the non-profit Global Health and Education Projects, Inc. (GHEP), in collaboration with a coalition of 34 notable government and non-governmental organizations and health care and social services professionals drawn from Maryland, DC, and Virginia, including Georgetown University Hospital, Howard University Hospital, Doctor’s Community Hospital, and several agencies of the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County.  The health fair comprised of a general workshop session, care delivery, and health information and awareness exhibitions by participating agencies.

GHEP Executive Director, Romuladus E. Azuine, DrPH, MPH, RN, said that the theme of the health fair and workshops was: “Health and Environment: Connections for Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities” was important in highlighting the intricate connection between human health and the environment which is the foundation for improving individual and community health and wellness.

“We do not have to wait for diseases and calamities such as the Zika Virus to jolt us into understanding the importance of health and environmental education and information empowerment for our people and communities. That is why we are holding this health fair today which has brought for-profit and non-profit partners together for a common cause,” Dr. Azuine said.

According to Dr. Azuine, “once we understand the triangle of health, environment and diseases,  we will fully understand that the health of each and every one of us is related to each other and that we must build our health together as healthy people and healthy communities.”

guest-speaker-img_0398In his welcome remarks, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Riverdale Park, Dr. Alan Thompson, praised GHEP for its commitment to the community and for bringing enormous resources to the city which will lead to improvement in not only health of the individuals, but also health of the city.

Special Guest at the event and Council Member Deni Taveras representing District 2 at Prince George’s County Council decried the lack of mental health professionals serving minorities who are at higher risk of suffering mental health problems. She said that it was time for individuals and communities to come together and shatter the stereotypes and break stigma around mental health treatment and help-seeking for mental health in our minority communities.

Community leaders at the event include MD State Delegate Alonzo T. Washington representing District 22, PG County; Mr. Martin Ezemma, Director of International Business at PG County Economic Development Corporation; Mr. James Morrow of the PG County Community Emergency Response Team; Dr. Clifford Thomas, a community activist; Lt. CDR Lawrence Momodu of the US Public Health Service; Earl Harley, MD, FAAP from Georgetown University Hospital and Millicent Collins, MD, FAAP, a Pediatrician from the Howard University Hospital..

Attendees at the health fair received several health care services including screening for high blood pressure, blood sugar, eye examination, ear, nose, and throat examinations, well-child visits, immunization information, and several health promotion information and sources of resources for health and social services.

Guest Speaker and Lead Workshop presenter, Lt. CDR Dr. Lawrence Momodu underscored the importance of physical and mental health prevention for individuals and the entire family. Dr. Momodu who is a Pharmacist and Nurse called on the community to get above board and learn to protect themselves from preventable health diseases.

tkdThe highpoint of the event was an outdoor physical activity, anti-bullying, and violence prevention workshop and demonstration facilitated by Dr. Clifford Thomas of the We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems based in Bladensburg, MD. Dr. Thomas led the children and members of the community in outdoor exercise that highlighted both physical activity, physical fitness and development of anti-bullying strategies for the entire family.

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Editor’s Note: The President of the United States has issued a presidential proclamation to commemorate this year’s Child Health Day celebration. In the proclamation, the President called for a re-commitment to  helping our children make healthy life choices and to providing them with the resources to lead happy and productive lives. This message is not only for Americans, but for all the world’s people to put children at the center of global health policies and programs. Read on…

As a Nation, we have a commitment to ensuring our daughters and sons live better lives than we did. They deserve every chance to reach for the brightest futures they can imagine, and with a solid foundation and a clean environment, they can grow up strong, healthy, and prepared to write the next great chapters in the American story. On Child Health Day, we recommit to helping our children make healthy life choices and to providing them with the resources to lead happy and productive lives.

My Administration remains wholly committed to investing in the safety and well-being of our Nation’s kids. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative is bringing together community-based, faith-based, and private sector organizations, along with government at all levels, to provide quality, nutritious food to students, empower parents to make healthy choices, and encourage our youth to become more physically active. We are working at every level to combat bullying so students across our country can live and learn free from fear or intimidation. Under the Affordable Care Act, young people can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 a provision that has already helped millions of young Americans. And the law prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, which has already brought greater peace of mind to the parents of up to 17 million children.

Babies Crawling On White BackgroundKeeping our children healthy takes more than promoting good lifestyles today it also rests on leaving them with a stable world to live in tomorrow. That is why my Administration is taking on the critical work of safeguarding our planet from the devastating effects of a changing climate by forging an America with cleaner air, cleaner water, and cleaner energy.

We have taken ambitious steps to limit our Nation’s carbon emissions, wean ourselves off of foreign energy sources, and preserve our planet for generations to come. With the potential for greater incidence of asthma attacks and infectious diseases that can impact growth and learning during critical formative years, we owe it to all who come after us to confront this imminent threat. We are also continuing to encourage Federal agencies to collaborate toward achieving these goals by identifying priority risks to the well-being of our young people and developing strategies to combat them.

Our most profound obligation is to our Nation’s most vulnerable citizens: our children. As we mark Child Health Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to that responsibility by supporting and modeling healthy, active lifestyles, by equipping our youth with the tools and resources they need to seize every opportunity, and by working to leave behind a sustainable planet so our children and theirs can know a future worthy of their limitless potential.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 18, 1928, as amended (36 U.S.C. 105), has called for the designation of the first Monday in October as Child Health Day and has requested that the President issue a proclamation in observance of this day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 5, 2015, as Child Health Day. I call upon families, educators, health professionals, faith-based and community organizations, and all levels of government to help ensure America’s children are healthy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.



Culled from The White House.

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International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of efforts by government and international organization to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

This year, the dates for IEW 2015 are November 16-20, 2015.

Information form the website of the US Department of State said that the department encourages the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations.

The release said that individuals and institutions tend to hold IEW events as it is convenient for them in their local communities, adding, “We want you to celebrate as much and as often as you like! To that end, we are providing promotional materials that allow you the flexibility to promote events whenever they may be planned!”

For additional resources  and more information about this year’s IEW, please visit the Department of State IEW website.

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Washington, DC – July 31, 2015. Cihan Group, GHEPs’ international capacity building partner-organization in Africa, is organizing a three-day workshop tagged, “Digital PR and Social Media Communications Master Class” for communications, public relations and marketing professionals who work on the frontlines engaging members of the public and diverse stakeholders on social change in Africa and its vast populations.

The seminar is scheduled to take place at Protea Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s most-populous country, from September 9 – 11, 2015.

Organised in collaboration with the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN), Cihan Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Celestine Achi, said the workshop would be the first of its kind in Nigeria focusing on a set of competencies necessary for managing communication in a rapidly changing social media era and communication age.

“The capacity building initiative is designed to develop practical and enduring expertise covering the full range of concepts, skills and platforms required to unlock the power of the digital media to support individual’s reputational goals,” said Mr. Achi.

PRCAN President, Mr John Ehiguese, said the professional group endorsed the workshop in line with its commitment to the deepening of knowledge of its members and public relations professionals on the client side. “In this digital age, it is imperative to continuously update the skills of those charged with the responsibility of managing communication with diverse stakeholder groups,” Ehiguese stated.

Mr. Achi, a new media expert, said workshop participants would learn to create Digital PR strategy, engage social enterprise, provoke multimedia buzz, utilise digital PR tools, optimise online space for search and excel in digital crisis communications.

The Cihan Group CEO explained that the workshop modules were carefully planned and designed for communications, public relations and marketing professionals whose roles include engagements with stakeholders through online social media, adding that the learning experience would be pitched at a level to help individuals develop strategic approaches and sophisticated techniques.

Mr. Achi who doubles as the Chief Digital Marketing Strategist of Cihan Group, is leading a team of experts in their own rights to the workshop. They include Mr. O. C. Vince, an award winning author, facilitator, public speaker, a certified trainer with no less than 15 years corporate experience and achievements in three continents.

On the team also are: Messrs Chuddy Oduenyi and Muyiwa Akintunde. A part-time lecturer at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, Oduenyi is Managing Director of Compact Communications, a leading PR consulting firm. He was Head of Marketing, Dunlop Nigeria Plc and Director, Corporate Communications at Industrial and General Insurance (IGI) Plc. Akintunde, a PR trainer and CEO of Leap Communications, is the Vice President of PRCAN.

Also in the faculty are Mrs. Lilian Nwobu, a blogger, social activist and founder of; and Ikem Okuhu, a PR and communications expert, currently the Director, Reliks Media Limited and Founder of Brandish Online.

For more information about PCARN, contact Jaiye Opayemi
For more information about Cihan, contact Celestine Achi


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Riverdale, MD – June 21, 2015 – History was recently made in the Washington DC metropolitan area of the United States as nearly 200 people drawn from different walks of life voluntarily pledged to save the environment in a historic ceremony marking the first-ever Health, Environmental Education and Awareness (HEEA) Day and Community Picnic celebrated in Riverdale, Maryland on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

HEEA Day 2015 and Community Picnic was aimed at educating and increasing citizen awareness on the individual and community health effects of intentional and unintentional environmental /waterways pollution, according to organizers, adding that it was also aimed at fostering the spirit of community and discussion of matters around the connection between our health and our environment.

HEEA Day 2015 was put together by a group of private citizen-volunteers, non-profit and faith-based organizations committed to fostering an inclusive community where all citizens live and thrive while saving the environment.  The organizers were led by the Global Health and Education Projects, Inc., a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization based in Riverdale, MD, with major funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and other commercial organizations.

Welcoming participants to the event, the Mayor of the Host City—Riverdale Park, Mayor Vernon Archer, praised the organizers for bringing members of the community together not only to share in learning about our environment, health and the Chesapeake bay, but more so in fostering a sense of community in our city and its environs. He said that he would be looking forward to this event growing in the future into a forum that brings us together to cherish each other as members of one community.

Welcoming participants to the event, Council Member Danielle Glaros, Representing District 3 in the Prince George’s (PG) County Council, said that as a long-time resident of Riverdale and PG County, she was impressed seeing non-profit organizations like GHEP, organizing and bringing the best out of our multicultural communities. He advised participants to understand that protecting the environment and the Chesapeake Bay were intricately related to our health and the health of our neighbors.








Cross Section of some participants taking their pledge at HEEA Day 2015

Mayor Eugene W. Grant of the City of Seat Pleasant Maryland brought greetings from his residents and commended the organizers for harnessing the power of diversity in addressing a need in the area of sustainable health and environment. He commended his counterpart, Mayor Archer, for providing GHEP and other organizers the platform to put up what he described as a “beautiful event in a beautiful park.”   Mayor Grant added that bringing communities together is at the foundation of our country and a value that should be espoused by all and sundry.

The event continued with interactive workshops led by three Guest Speakers drawn from the leading environmental and health organizations on different modifiable efforts and behaviors that community members can do to protect the Bay, our environment, and foster optimum health.

The first Guest Speaker was Mr. Vaughn Perry, a Director and Manager of Adult Education – Watershed Stewards Academy at the Anacostia Watershed Society who presented on the topic, “Water, Environmental Protection and Community Health: Making the Connections.”

The second Guest Speaker was Mr. Ronnie Webb, President and Co-Founder of The Green Scheme, Washington, DC spoke on the topic, “Water and Environmental Stewardship: Why does it Matter for our Community and for Our Health?”

The third Guest Speaker was Dr. Nkechi Enwerem, an Assistant Professor at Howard University’s College of Nursing and Allied Health, Washington, DC who spoke on “Your Health and Your Environment: Making the Connections.”

The event was attended by political leaders, faith-based leaders, community associations and other non-profit organization from different counties in Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore.  Among the many special dignitaries at the event were Pastor Chidi Enwerem of This Generation Ministries, Lanham, MD; Dr. Clifford Thomas, a presidential award-winner and a long-time community leader from Bladensburg; Mr. Chris Osuji formerly of the PG County government; Mr. Jerry McLaurin and Ms. Sandy Pruitt both of Peoples for Change Coalition, a coalition of over 300 non-profit and citizen organizations based in PG County; Dr. Gopal Singh, and Dr. Magnus Azuine both of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We have heard and seen it here today, that an event like HEEA should be an integral part of our community. The pledge we have taken indicates that our peoples, our communities, and our leaders are committed to saving our environment, and improving the quality of our waterways including the Chesapeake Bay,” said Dr. Romuladus E. Azuine, GHEP Founder and Executive Director.

“While we wait for the official program evaluation, I’ve heard from several attendees here today that they’d love this event to be an annual event,” said Sussan Ekejiuba, DVM, PhD, GHEP Program Director.

Dr. Azuine thanked all the political and non-profit leaders and volunteers for working extremely hard to make the day a resounding reality. He announced that with the success and lessons learned from the 2015 HEEA Day, the 2016 HEEA Day and Community Picnic would be even better for all of us to enjoy.

Using the Enviroscape model, Ms. Deborah Weller, Section Head for Community Outreach Promoting Empowerment at PG County’s Department of the Environment, demonstrated how pollution could lead to greater pollution of the Chesapeake Bay and potentially lead to both health and economic consequences for members of our community.

The event also provided avenue for sharing of resources for community members by numerous service-providers including PG County Department of Health, WIC program, CASA San Bernardo at St. Bernard Church, SEED Inc., Food Pantry at This Generation Ministries,  Forever Living and health products, diaper distribution program by GHEP, Self-protection and environmental awareness by Tae Kwando Ramblers, and the Office of Council Member Glaros, among others.

About GHEP

GHEP is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious, charitable, educational, research, and development organization dedicated to eliminating inequalities in health and education among local communities in the USA and worldwide.  GHEP addresses all aspects of educational and health inequalities affecting the most vulnerable individuals and populations in our communities.  GHEP is piloting many research-informed intervention programs such as HEEA Day to engage diverse populations in issues around health and the environment, especially the Chesapeake Bay Waterways. Click here to read more about HEEA Day. 

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