Washington, DC: All is set for the first Health, Environmental Education and Awareness (HEEA) Community Picnic and workshop to be held in Riverdale Park, Maryland, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Fletcher’s Field Community Park #2, 5628 Tanglewood Drive, Riverdale, MD 20737 from 12: 00 PM – 5:00 PM.

HEEA is a one-day community-wide program with fun-filled outdoor events to build community cohesion and increase citizen awareness on the relationship between poor environmental quality and widening disparities in health outcomes through elevated health risks such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, childhood developmental deficiencies, and poor educational outcomes culminating in deleterious overall public health outcomes.

The HEEA program is organized by the Global Health and Education Projects, a 501c3 registered community-based non-profit organization based in Riverdale, Maryland. The program is part of GHEP’s mission to eliminate all aspects of inequalities in health and education affecting the most vulnerable individuals and population in our local communities in United States and across the world.

“Talking about the environment could be very distancing. But when you begin to share the connection between environmental issues and the health of the individual especially in such diseases as cancer, asthma, and developmental delays, the message becomes more impactful. And that is what we intend to do with this program–give our community opportunity to learn and have fun,” said Romuladus E. Azuine, DrPH, GHEP President and Executive Director.

Dr. Azuine said that the community response to the event has been very positive, adding that local companies are chipping-in their best in support of the program which also aims to strengthen the community.

For more information about the HEEA community workshop and picnic visit the program website by clicking here.

For information about volunteering and sponsorship, please email Romey Azuine [email protected].


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