About Us

About Healthy HarfordHealthy Harford is the Healthy Communities Initiative of Harford County. A non-profit 501c3, Healthy Harford is a coalition of local government agencies, businesses, non profits, and citizens dedicated to improving the health of Harford County residents.

Founded in 1993 by community leaders from the Harford County Health Department, Harford County Government, and Upper Chesapeake Health, Healthy Harford’s sole vision is to make Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland.

If you are interested in having Healthy Harford attend your event, please contact us at info@healthyharford.org.

Background

1993 – Healthy Harford began as a program oriented community health organization tasked with improving the health of Harford County residents. Programs included Recycle Your Bike and Community Action Teams.

2008 – Propelled by the daunting reality that:

  • Harford County smoking rates for both adults and youth are higher than the State average
  • 2/3 of our adults and 1/3 of our children are overweight or obese
  • Less than 2% of county residents eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables
  • 23% of adults report that they do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity.

Source: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) and RWJF Community Health Rankings

the Healthy Harford Board of Directors voted in 2008 to focus its efforts on promoting increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and decreased tobacco use in order to reduce the rate of chronic disease and obesity in Harford County.

2015 – Propelled by changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and burgeoning substance abuse and mental health issues in the community, Healthy Harford expanded it priorities to include mental health and added an entirely new element of Community Care Coordination. These new additions are a testament to the changing health care needs of our community, and Healthy Harford’s willingness and ability to respond.

2016 to present – The idea of a “healthy community” is taking a more regional approach, crossing the bridge, both figuratively and literally, to cooperatively provide programs in both Harford and Cecil counties. The launch of our Healthy Harford Wellness Action Teams of Cecil and Harford Counties (WATCH) is a perfect example of this forward movement.

Healthy Harford  – embracing opportunities to empower all people to live a healthy, long, and quality life.

Live Well. Be Well. Healthy Harford