March 28, 2019

March 2019 newsletter: New equity grantees, “Angst” screenings & more

Horizon Announces Inaugural Equity Grantees

The Foundation’s five inaugural racial equity grantees are receiving a total of $306,000 along with intensive training, coaching and organizational development as part of an initiative to address health disparities affecting communities of color in Howard County. The grantees are: African American Community Roundtable, Association of Community Services of Howard County, Equity4HC, HopeWorks of Howard County and Howard County Chinese School. Read more >>

Learn to Be an Ambassador for Speak(easy) Howard

If you are interested in learning how to help get community members to plan for their future care, attend a Speak(easy) Howard Ambassador Training on April 3, from 3-6 p.m. at the Horizon Foundation office in Columbia. Learn about available tools, resources and practices to help your organization engage in advance care planning. The training will include a high-level overview of legal and medical terminology, a deep dive into Speak(easy) Howard’s website, a demonstration of naming an agent through MyDirectives and more. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Register for the training >>
See more Speak(easy) Howard events >>

Howard County Ranked Among Top 10 Healthiest Communities

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Howard County the 10th healthiest community in the country – and the only Maryland county in the top 10. Nearly 3,000 communities were scored on 81 indicators across 10 categories that drive overall community health, including population health, equity, education and economy. We are proud to be part of a community that prioritizes and promotes health. Read more >>

Free “Angst” Film Screenings Explore Youth Anxiety

The Horizon Foundation and Howard County Public School System will be hosting FREE documentary screenings and panel discussions around anxiety in youth on April 2, 4, 9 and 10. “Angst” is a 55-minute film featuring candid interviews with children and young adults who struggle, or have struggled, with anxiety and stress – including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts and students. Read more and RSVP >>

38 Grantees Promote Mental Health Awareness

Horizon’s 38 new mental health outreach and community engagement grantees have kicked off efforts to promote local parent and student awareness on anxiety and depression and to encourage treatment for those with mental health conditions. Grantees include elementary schools, PTAs, faith groups and other community organizations that have committed to sharing resources, attending suicide intervention training and promoting “Angst” film-screening events. See photos >>

County Executive Commits to Complete Streets, Advocates Testify at Budget Hearing

At his State of the County address, County Executive Ball committed to making complete streets “a priority” in response to strong advocacy for a more bikeable, walkable community. At the county’s second budget hearing, several community members also testified in support of Bikeway funding, representing the American Heart Association, Bicycling Advocates of Howard County, Race Pace Bicycles and other organizations. Following the hearing, advocates and elected officials including County Council Chair Christiana Rigby attended a complete streets learning session.

Read the Howard County Times story on the State of the County >>
Read more about the budget hearing >>
Take action and support complete streets >>

Storytellers Needed: How Are You Living in Line with Your Values?

The Horizon Foundation and The Stoop Storytelling Series are planning a new event, and we need storytellers! “On Purpose: Stories about living in line with your unique values” will take place Thursday, June 20, as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. We need seven storytellers to share their seven-minute personal story on their experiences creating a life that stays true to what they value. Stories can be funny, sad or serious – as long as they are true. Selected storytellers will receive in-person story coaching from The Stoop producers. ​Submit your story >>

Health, Environmental and Labor Groups Unite to Launch LOCAL Maryland

Horizon has joined a group of diverse organizations from across Maryland – including 1199 SEIU, the American Heart Association, Maryland State Conference of the NAACP and the National Employment Law Project – to launch LOCAL Maryland, which stands for “Let Our Communities Act Locally.” This coalition is committed to protecting the ability of local elected officials to pass laws that support healthy families, a clean environment and good jobs.

Read the Maryland Matters news story >>

About the Horizon Foundation

The Horizon Foundation is the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland. We lead community change so everyone in Howard County can live a longer, better life. We are committed to improving health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and thoughtful advocacy. Learn more at