March 26, 2024

March newsletter: Doing good better, supporting 988, RFP for marketing campaign and more!

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Here in Howard County, we can do good, better.

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We’ve made a lot of progress in Howard County in becoming a healthier and more equitable community. But we can do better. We can work together to tear down the barriers that keep some of our neighbors from living healthy and abundant lives. Learn more about our new strategic direction and join us in our work to achieve better health for everyone in Howard County and greater Maryland.

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Supporting 988 during #MDGA24!

Last week marked Crossover Day in the Maryland General Assembly – the day bills should pass at least one chamber in order to keep moving through the legislative process for the chance to become law. There are still several weeks left, and we are seeing some positive signs for legislation the Foundation is supporting to make our state healthier and more equitable.

The Horizon Foundation was proud to testify in person with our partners in support of HB 933/SB 974, which would create a permanent funding source for Maryland’s 988 helpline and enable the state to improve services for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill have passed their respective chambers and are being heard on the other side.


RFP: Marketing campaign to change the narrative around structural racism and health

The Horizon Foundation is currently seeking proposals for a marketing campaign that invites residents to partner with the Foundation to change the narrative around structural racism and health inequities – and to ultimately join the Foundation’s work to dismantle systems and policies that perpetuate structural racism.

Through this RFP we are seeking a marketing partner to design and execute a marketing campaign that articulates the barriers structural racism presents to living a healthy and abundant life and calls the community to action.

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Join us for our next First Thursdays community conversation on April 4

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s First Thursdays community conversation! These conversations with community members have been rich and robust, and we are excited to continue exploring health equity issues facing our community with all of you.

Please join us on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. for breakfast and a guided conversation about key issues on the minds of fellow Howard Countians.

Our next First Thursdays conversation will take place at the Horizon Foundation’s office on April 4 at 10 a.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to D’Paul Nibber by April 1.


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