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Deamonte Driver died on February 25th 2007 from complications resulting from an abscessed tooth. It would have cost $80 to extract the tooth. Instead, the bacteria spread to his brain, leading to a hospital stay that cost $250,000. Deamonte did not live to see his 13th birthday.


Upcoming Events 
hosted by the M-NPPC
Date: Sat., March 7th
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Prince George's Community College 
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774
Click HERE to register.

Date: Sat., March 7
Time: 1:15pm-6:30pm
Location:  Vigilante Coffee,  4327 Gallatin Street  Hyattsville , MD 20781
Click HERE to register.

Time: 9am-1:30pm
Location:  College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Ave. College Park, MD 20740
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March 3, 2015 
A Message from HPRC's Principal Investigator
The Health Policy Research Consortium is an NIMHD-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) whose mission is to use innovation and research to transform public policy - with the  end goal of reducing health disparities in the Mid-Atlantic area an d beyond. Our first newsletter shares a glimpse of some of our current involvements, activities, and valued partners. It also shows you how to plug in - how to find our weekly policy blog, connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or join us face-to-face at a local community health event. We ho pe that you'll also be sure to join our listserv and stay  abreast of our advances in research and health policy.


Welcome aboard! 

Region III: DC, DE, MD, PA, WV & VA
Transdisciplinary Collaboration


As one of 7 Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCC) in the country, HPRC works closely with academic institutions, community organizations and local officials to catalyze a Health in All Policies (HiAPs) framework. 

Below is a list of some of our partners.

Prince George's County Public Schools

University of Maryland College Park-Center for Health Equity

Community Services Foundation

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection 
Regional Spotlight: WellSpan Health of Central Pennsylvania

WellSpan Health is an example of how patient-centered care

can promote healthy, thriving communities. With a mission to work "...as one to improve health through exceptional care for all..." WellSpan Health has devised technological advances that improve the quality of care for their patients. Through its community partnerships, WellSpan Health demonstrates its focus on the social determinants of health, ensuring that patients and the greater community receive the high quality care they deserve. Click the link to read their 2014 and 2013 Community Benefits Report

     Town Highlight  

Berwyn Heights is a small town located in northern Prince George's County, MD, that borders Greenbelt and College Park.  The town combines a proud history, strong sense of community, and a modern celebration of diversity. The Berwyn Heights government emphasizes policies that add value to the quality of life, fiscal responsibility with excellent yet efficient services, and a focus on planning for the long-term. With assistance from engaged volunteers, the town invests in platforms that support the sustainability of recreational opportunities, a walkable environment, green spaces, quality education, police and fire services, and clubs and activities for all ages and interests that make Berwyn Heights a special place to live and raise a family. 


NIMHD Updates

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIMHD has pioneered innovative minority health research projects nation-wide and funds programs that assess inequitable and unjust differences in health outcomes based on  race and/or ethnicity, gender, immigrant status and geographic location .

Join NIMHD on Facebook and TwitterNIMHD's social media activity will promote engagement to support the pursuit of innovative research discoveries, training for the next generation, and dynamic collaborations and partnerships.

Do you live or 
work in Prince George's County?

HPRC is partnered with the Healthy Futures Program at the University of Maryland to advance the Lose It to Win It Challenge.

250,000 people will lose 1 million pounds by December 2015. 

Sign up today and start losing!  Click HERE to view the flyer.

Don't miss the 5K Event on Saturday March 28th.

Health Policy and Research Analysis

HPRC believes in public policy that helps people make the healthiest 

choices. In order to do this, we examine the effectiveness of current policy and explore the need to modify, strengthen, or abandon these policies, in order to empower communities and improve health outcomes. One recent example is that we investigated the role housing policy plays in shaping health outcomes.

stethoscope_dr_pad.jpg Health, Human and Municipal Services
These three services combined create a strong social safety net through local, state and federal policies. Some common health, human and municipal services offered in Prince George's County include waste management, maternal and child health services such as the Women in Crisis (WIC) program and certain statues of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  HPRC is currently conducting a gap analysis of services in Maryland. The report will be released in the Spring of 2015.
Community Outreach and Engagment

HPRC has designed and will implement a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project that bridges the gap between disadvantaged communities and policy makers. Mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) research approach will be employed during the implementation, data collection, analysis and evaluation of the project. Participants will be empowered to catalog their material and non-material assets using the Photovoice application.

Please feel free to contact the HPRC Team at 301.375.2021 with any questions.

Thank you,

The Health Policy Research Consortium

Disclaimer: The Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC) is a U54 partnership grant funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. HPRC only provides objective, independent advice, best practices and evidence based-recommendations. HPRC does not lobby on behalf of any private or public corporation, political candidate, advocacy organization or special interest group.
Health Policy Research Consortium
6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Ste. 310
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Phone: (301) 375-2021