Collaboratives are local initiatives of value to our community, but not specifically identified as priorities in our current Community Benefit & Health Improvement Plan. The Collaboratives below are examples of work carried out by The Partnership and others, in addition to the health improvement strategies set in our Plan.
Interpersonal Violence (see page)
Positive Youth & Family Development (see page)
Risky Business Prevention Conference (see page)
Worksite Wellness (see page)
Partnership for Concussion Awareness / Concussion Education and Testing
Over 1 million cases of concussion occur each year in the United States. Even a “mild” concussion can leave invisible but disturbing symptoms like fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and sometimes depression, according to author Jane Brody (Hard-Knock Lessons from the Concussion Files, NY Times, 2007).
Local efforts to increase awareness about the seriousness of head injuries and concussions among youth athletes are strong. A formal partnership was formed with commitments to educate the community, empower health care providers, involve teachers, athletic trainers, and rehabilitative professionals, and assure awareness of the evolving science about brain injury. The Partnership is pleased to have been among the local organizations that participated in this initiative.
Concussion and head injury education and testing is now available to all Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) high school student athletes. The testing program, named ImPACT, is a non-invasive, computer-based program that will be offered to all high school student athletes (required for most sports). A pre-concussion baseline test will be administered to each athlete to help identify the extent of brain injury in case of a concussion during sports participation. CCPS has contracted with Dr. Gerard Gioia, Director of the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program of the Children’s National Medical Center for consultation and review of post-injury tests.
In addition to the new ImPACT testing activity, a standardized educational piece about awareness of and response to head injuries is now included in “Meet the Coach” nights. Also, a protocol of gradual return to sports participation following a head injury will be implemented for asymptomatic athletes.
For more information on concussion education and testing for CCPS student athletes, please visit the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org.
Breast Cancer/ Mammography Awareness Team
This Team works to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of mammography in our community. Mammograms are key in detecting early stages of cancer. In 2006, the percentage of women aged 50 and older who have had a mammogram within the past 2 years was 92%. In 2008 that number dropped significantly to 74%. Our goal based on American Cancer Society objectives is to have at least 90% of women aged 50 and older receiving a mammogram every 2 years.
Our efforts include
- Joining the American Cancer Society in the planning and execution of their annual awareness event at The Town Mall of Westminster in October.
- Partnering with the Health Department and The Carroll County Times on special edition news stories.
- Incentivizing the community and disparity group to get their mammograms at our local radiology centers.
- Continuing to connect other groups in the community who would like to begin their own initiatives.
- Turning The Partnership website pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the most trusted source of cancer information in the country. They raise awareness about prevention and early detection through screening, and provide community-based services and programs.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Carroll County, in Maryland and in the United States. Cancer mortality rates have begun to decrease, thanks to prevention measures, screening awareness, reduction in tobacco use, and advances in treatment. The most prevalent cancers in Maryland are breast, colorectal, lung and prostate. Skin cancer rates are higher in Carroll County than the Maryland average.
The American Cancer Society has established that all cancers caused by tobacco and heavy use of alcohol could be prevented. An estimated one-third of cancer deaths are related to overweight, obesity, physical inactivity and nutrition. Regular screening can detect cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, prostate, oral cavity and skin at early stages. Prevention and early detection is critical to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates.
Many organizations in Carroll County contribute to outreach and education about cancer, and to increasing screening and access to treatment. All play a valuable role in helping to reduce the burden of cancer. Please visit the links on this page for more information.
The Carroll County Health Department
Our local health department has several grant funded programs for cancer screening, detection, and treatment.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
This grant funded program helps low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer. The program provides clinical breast examinations, mammograms, and Pap tests for eligible women who participate in the program as well as diagnostic testing for women whose screening outcome is abnormal.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program offers free mammograms, breast exams and pap tests to women ages 40-64 who are uninsured or under insured and income eligible.
BCCP Expanded and the Diagnostic and Treatment Program offer free surgical consults, biopsies, and cancer treatment if needed, to uninsured or under insured and income eligible women.
Komen Grant for Younger Women: This service offers a surgical consult and additional imaging for women under age 40 who have been told by a clinician they need further evaluation of a breast lump or abnormal mammogram. They also must meet eligibility guidelines.
For More Information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund, call Susan Rinehart at 410-876-4423.
Cigarette Restitution Fund Program
This program functions under a local Health Department grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It is a cancer prevention, education, screening and treatment program, funded by tobacco settlement award funds. The primary goals are to reduce cancer mortality and decrease health disparities in cancer. Programs have focused on cancers of the lungs, colon, breast, prostate, oral, skin (melanoma) and cervix. These were selected due to the capacity for prevention, early detection and treatment to impact incidence and mortality.
The Cigarette Restitution Fund program is coordinated by Barbara White at the Carroll County Health Department. She is director of both the Community Cancer Coalition and the Tobacco Coalition. She can be reached at 410-876-4443 or email@example.com.
The Carroll County Community Cancer Coalition meets four times a year, as part of the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. Members are invited from the community- volunteers and many partnering organizations who work toward improving cancer outcomes in Carroll County.
For information in joining this group, please contact Barbara White at 410-876-4984.