July 6, 2012

The Maryland Center for Health Equity (MCHE) at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, in partnership with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation/Association (USPHS), the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the Community Ministry of Prince George's County engaged in a strategic alliance focused on addressing racial and ethnic health disparities in Prince George's County, MD.

On June 18, these partners came together for the first Health Promotion Expo held at First United Church Community Place Café in Hyattsville, MD. Four days per week, approximately 100 vulnerable or homeless individuals are served lunch at the Café. The Health Expo launch gave USPHS officers the opportunity to provide health and wellness services, including BMI and blood pressure screening, health and nutrition education and consultations, medication review, diabetic foot health checks, and other health promotion and educational services to seniors, homeless, and low income residents in Prince George's County.