Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Health Ministry Team held their 10th Annual Community Health Fair at the Parish Hall in Lusby on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The event, Community Cares: End of Summer Mental Health Bloc Party, focused on mental health and addiction.
The annual event was sponsored by Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Health Ministry Team, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Calvert County Health Department and the . The Community Health Fair has grown each year in the number of participants and the programming provided for the community. Dale Yoe, event chair, expressed her thanks to all that participated to make the event successful.
Experts spoke on topics such as addiction as a disease, medication assistance treatment and Naloxone; while local mental health and substance abuse facilities were available to provide information on their services. The speaker schedule included:
- Stephanie Newman, LCPC, LCADC, NCC, Calvert Behavioral Health – Impacts of Incarceration on the Family
- Jason Phelan, Program Coordinator, Calvert County Behavioral Health – Mobile Crisis Unit
- Danielle Johnson, LGPC, NCC, CAC-AD, Outlook Recovery – Medication Assisted Treatment
- Drew Licurgo, Recovery Support Specialist, Calvert County Behavioral Health – Testimony of Addiction & Peer Support
- Patti Scheleeter, Recovery Support Specialist, Calvert County Behavioral Health – Naloxone Training
- Ashley Staples-Reid, Prevention Coordinator, Calvert County Behavioral Health – Closing Remarks
The Community Life Center received a donation of $5,000 from Exelon Corporation. Janna Jackson, Communications Manager, said while presenting the check, “Exelon Generation and the employees at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant are committed to helping provide a cleaner and brighter future for our neighbors and the communities we serve across the state of Maryland. In addition to the carbon-free, always-on energy we generate, we are proud to help ensure The Community Life Center of Southern Calvert County is able to continue providing services that our local families need.”
The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is located approximately three miles from Middleham Chapel. It is Maryland’s only nuclear energy facility, housing two pressurized water reactors capable of generating 1,768 megawatts combined. They have been a good friend to the community since they began commercial operations in the 1970s.
Vendors participating in the event included: Prevention Services; Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA); Project Chesapeake; Disease Surveillance & Response; Maryland Coalition of Families; Parents Affected by Addiction; U.S. Census Bureau, Pathways; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Calvert County Office on Aging; 50+ Services; Maternal, Child & Reproductive Health; Recovery Services; Utopia Health Center, Outlook Recovery, A+ Counseling, Avenue Recovering Center, Seedco Health Insurance, and Maryland State Insurance.
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office set up a “Drunk Goggle Course” where participants could experience driving while under the influence.
Throughout the day members of Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish served free hamburgers, hot dogs, and other snacks. Attendees received a door prize ticket as they entered and were drawn every half hour. Winners received prizes and gift cards.
Boy Scout Troop 1684 provided assistance with parking and directions.
Middleham Chapel is a historic Episcopal church built in 1684. It is a one-story, cruciform, Flemish bond brick structure, located in Lusby. Located in Solomons, St. Peter’s Chapel is a historic Carpenter Gothic-style Episcopal Church built in 1889. St. Peter’s Chapel joined with Middleham Chapel in 1900 to form Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. For more information on Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish visit www.middlehamandstpeters.org.
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Joyce Stinnett Baki / Calvert Beacon Reporter