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About Healthy Harford

Healthy Harford is the Healthy Communities Initiative of the northern Chesapeake. A non-profit 501c3, we are 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, we are guided by the following:

Mission:  Inspire and empower healthy people, healthy families, and healthy communities in mind, body, and spirit

Vision:  To make Harford County the healthiest community in Maryland

Focus:  To improve health and wellness in Harford County by promoting healthy lifestyles, building community partnerships, and addressing social determinants of health. 

  

Staff

Bari Klein, Executive Director
Sheila Reilly, Administration 

You may reach us at info@healthyharford.org or 443.643.3875.

  

Background

1993 – Healthy Harford began as a program oriented community health organization tasked with improving the health of Harford County residents through healthy community events and programming. 

2008 – Propelled by the daunting reality that Harford County was failing in a number of health indicators such as: 

  • a smoking rate above the State average 
  • 2/3 of our adults and 1/3 of our children registering as overweight or obese
  • Less than 2% of county residents eating the recommended number of fruits and vegetables
  • 23% of adults reporting 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 – The Affordable Care Act and burgeoning substance use disorder and mental health issues in the community inspired Healthy Harford to expand its priorities to include Community Care Coordination and mental health/substance abuse. 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 2018 – With the award of a regional transformation grant to improve the health of vulnerable seniors, Healthy Harford launched the innovative WATCH – Wellness Action Teams of Cecil and Harford Counties. This program served both Harford and Cecil counties and visited seniors in their home to assess needed supportive services in order to improve health for those seniors with complex medical conditions.  In 2019, the WATCH teams transitioned to working with primary care physicians as part of inhouse Care Transformation Teams. Harford and Cecil counties have progressed to having their own individual programs.  

2019 to present – Healthy lifestyles to improve wellness and quality of life remain at the core of our mission. Our focus has broadened, however, to include addressing social determinants of health and minority health disparities. While many of our health statistics are admirable on the surface, when they are broken down by race, a stark picture of inequity appears. We firmly believe that the only way to achieve a truly healthy community, is if all our residents are afforded the gift of health. 

Live Well. Be Well. Healthy Harford

 

Community Partners

Healthy Harford partners are non-profits, businesses, public agencies, and individuals that support our mission. They are active participants in making Harford a healthier places to live, work, and go to school; lending skill, expertise, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours towards promoting the Healthy Harford message in the community.

Founding Partners

  • Harford County Health Department
  • University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
  • Harford County Government

Community Partners

Sponsors and PartnersChiropractic Care of Bel Air
City of Havre de Grace
Town of Bel Air
City of Aberdeen
Harford County Government
Harford County Sheriff’s Office
Harford County Public Library
Harford Community College
Harford County Department of Community Services
Harford County Office on Mental Health-Core Services Agency
Boys and Girls Club of Harford and Cecil Counties
Harford County Health Department
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
Harford County Council
Bel Air Farmers’ Market
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
Harford County Parks and Recreation
Greta S. Brand & Associates, Inc.
Harford County Department of Planning & Zoning
Y of Central Maryland, Walter and Betty Ward Family Center
Harford County Public Schools/Harford County PTA
Sponsor Get Healthy HarfordGreater Excellence in Education Foundation
Harford County Department of Public Works
Chesapeake Spokes Cycling Club
Bike Harford
LASOS (Linking All So Others Succeed)
US Army Test and Evaluation Command
APG Community Health Promotion Council
The Arena Club
University of Maryland Master Gardner’s Program
Klein’s Shoprite
Brad’s Produce
Apostolic Voice of Truth Church
Aberdeen Bible Baptist Church
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
DineKind Harford
Abundant Living Program – SDA Wilna Church
Lakeview Community Center
Harford County Office on Aging
Bel Air Downtown Alliance
Visit Harford!
JamSquad Cycling
Temple Adas Shalom
St. James AME
New Hope Baptist Church
Ames United Methodist Church
Ashley Treatment Centers
TasteWise Kids/Days of Taste
Found in Faith-Making a house a home
Havre de Grace Green Team
Food,Farmers,and Community Partners
 

*This website contains general in formation about nutrition, physical activity, mental health/behavioral health, and population health. The information contained in this site is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment by a physician or other health professional. Please consult with your physician or health professional for concerns regarding your individual health and well-being.