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GHEP is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. In accordance with the Maryland Solicitation Act, a copy of our financial statements is available upon request by mailing GHEP, Inc., PO Box 234, Riverdale, MD 20738, USA; and for the cost of copies and postage, documents and information submitted under this title are available from the Secretary of State.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH BABY DIAPER PROGRAM
Those of us experiencing the joys of young families know the price of a box of diapers. Diapers are not cheap. Diapers are expensive—they can cost $100 or more a month for a baby. Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps or WIC because they are classified as “disallowed purchases.” WIC puts diapers in the same disallowed group as cigarettes and alcohol. Young babies can go through diapers very fast. Families on a fixed budget struggle to afford needed supplies. Putting clean diapers on a baby helps Mom to go to work and support her family. GHEP responds to these needs by sponsoring and operating a free community diaper distribution program/ pantry. Interested in knowing how this program operates and how you can help?
FAMILY TREE ADOPTION PROGRAM (FTAP)
A good urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Good UTC reduces urban heat island temperatures, reduces stormwater runoff, improves air and water quality, and reduces many health problems. Unfortunately, UTC is not equitably distributed; tree canopy tends to be less in residential areas of disadvantaged communities versus wealthy ones. The Family Tree Adoption Program (FTAP), our community-based grassroots movement, is shaping our world and making it a greener place. FTAP provides free native trees to homeowners who plant them in their yards. It has helped to produce greening communities and beautiful neighborhoods by increasing their tree canopy. The FTAP model was originated with us in Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA, with the goal of expanding into other regions of the United States. So far, we have planted over 230 trees and engaged hundreds of families.
HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS (HEEA) PROGRAM
Health problems such as autism, cancer, lead poisoning, child underdevelopment, asthma, etc. are associated with poor environmental conditions. These problems are related to contaminated water, weather extremes, exposure to extreme heat and cold, inadequate sanitation, pollution, and drought-related conditions impacted by global warming. Young people and the elderly are the first to be affected but the least aware of these dangers. GHEP sponsors annual health, environmental education, and awareness (HEEA) program that helps educate and increase awareness of the connection between human health and the environment. The HEEA program provides educational awareness and information to understand how to avoid health issues, especially those related to risk factors caused by the environment.
Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from 5 five leading causes of death, namely heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, and lower respiratory diseases. Do you know that up to 40% of these deaths could be prevented? Diseases and deaths from the leading cause of death can be prevented through changes in behaviors that increase the risks for these diseases. However, many people in our communities are unable to prevent these diseases or change their risks for these diseases because they are not aware of what they can do and how to do it. Each of us possesses these risks, but we must first be aware of them in order to take actions to reduce our risks and ultimately have these diseases. And that is where we come in. Our community health and wellness programs help members of our community to heighten their knowledge and awareness of risks factors for these debilitating diseases. Our health and wellness programs include community health fairs, community-based preventive screening such as blood pressure monitoring, body mass index measurements, heart rate monitor, outdoor health activities, and wellness education programs that follow evidence-based curriculum. The needs are enormous and we cannot keep up. So, we need your help because there are more communities that need our services than we can financially provide at this time.
PUBLIC HEALTH 360 (PH360)
Economic sustainability and healthy wellbeing are interrelated. Without a job, it is difficult if not nearly impossible to be healthy both in body and spirit. GHEP Public Health 360 (PH360) is a hands-on workforce development program that prepares the next generation of highly qualified public health professionals. PH 360 is a comprehensive practice and project-based training that bridges the gap between school-based academic theory and field-based practice. At graduation, program participants are equipped with the core competencies necessary to take on entry-level (or higher positions) in a variety of public health agencies and organizations. Preparing for a first job or career opportunity can lead to something fulfilling in the lives of secondary school students ready to take on the world. We all remember how difficult getting that first job was, especially with no previous work experience.