May 25, 2024

Michaels, Brewster to Lead Healthy Partnership

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The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership has announced its steering committee members for 2017. Dr. Stephen Michaels will be the co-chair, and Dr. Meena Brewster will be the co-chair (ex-officio). HSMP is supported by MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

Other members of the committee are Nat Scroggins, vice chair; Lori Werrell and Bella Dean, Access to Care Team co-chairs; Gerry McGloin and Tammy Loewe, Behavioral Health Action Team co-chairs; Andrea Hamilton and Sue Veith, Healthy Eating and Active Living Team co-chairs; and Rebecca Jackson and Jimmy Stone, Tobacco Free Living co-chairs.

Dr. Michaels is the chief operating officer and chief medical officer at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and Dr. Brewster is the St. Mary’s County health officer.

Each year, members of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership elect HSMP co-chair, vice chair, and Action Team co-chairs to sit on the HSMP steering committee. Individuals serving in these roles provide overall leadership for HSMP and its action teams.

The steering committee works to enhance the capacity of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership by:

  • Providing leadership and direction for HSMP and its action teams
  • Making operational decisions to guide the HSMP in accomplishing its mission in accordance with bylaws
  • Providing ongoing evaluation of the HSMP goals and objectives, organizational structure, and operation to ensure effective and efficient progress toward local health improvement

The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership hosted its second annual meeting Nov. 17 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. With more than 100 attendees, it was a great success, organizers said.

Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, former HSMP co-chair and chief executive officer at Walden Behavioral Health, opened the annual meeting with HSMP updates. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from LaSalle University. Dr. O’Brien has served St. Mary’s County with Walden since 1973.

The HSMP action teams will break for the holiday season. Monthly meetings will resume in 2017.

  • Access to Care Action Team will meet 3 to 4 pm Jan. 10
  • Behavioral Health Action Team will meet 2 to 3:30 pm Jan. 13
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living Action Team will meet 1 to 2 pm Jan. 25
  • Tobacco Free Living Action Team will meet 10 to 11 am Jan. 17

For more information and one-click access to a list of resources available at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, visit their Leader Page.

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