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Wednesday, June 2nd
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Monday, June 7th & June 21st
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We appreciate your support & participation at our 1st, In-Person (since the beginning of the Pandemic)
SOLD OUT Event - our May 12th
Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser!!

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Wednesday, June 30th | 7:00 pm
PGCOC Virtual Annual
Membership Celebration

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Melwood will award the first ever Advocacy, Accelerator, Impact and Resiliency Awards that recognize the outstanding individuals, employers, researchers, policymakers, and innovative companies who have advanced the field of employment for people with disabilities and injured veterans.

From the Desk of David Harrington

The Persistence of Difference

Cacophony abounds in our civic dialogue. Bringing attention to policy inequities, wealth disparities and health imbalances is fraught with suspicion & innuendo. Dialogue is segmented into name calling and an ideological power play leaving a vast empty hole in these issues unresolved, at worst, lingering. This power play leaves people homeless, children uneducated, wealth unattainable & wellness unachievable. 

Our democracy is in crisis!

Our national persistence of difference impedes authentic discussions on root causes of wealth, education, and health inequities. In this region, the 80% wealth gap between Whites and Blacks, the prevalence of diabetes, heart disease & high blood pressure in low-income communities, and the disparity in education funding are examples of issues being suffocated by the persistence of difference. Even the COVID-19 pandemic is shrouded in nonsense on whether to wear a mask or take the vaccine. Instead, of a unified collective resolve, masks are being discarded and vaccines being discouraged. 

Required is a reversal of this persistence and return of civic engagement & dialogue. This return must involve active listening, appreciation of experience, and acknowledgment of cause. Of course, there will be a difference of perspectives but in that difference, there will be an intersection of adaptability where momentum can surface. Focusing collective energy on this intersection may bring momentum to resolve lingering challenges. 

This is our civic purpose, the thing that distinguishes between chaos and resolve.
For all our sakes, I pray we choose resolve. 

Terps forward Billy Jones shoots during a game against West Virginia. He was a team captain as a senior during the 1967-68 season. 
(Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland)
Maryland to name Cole Field House indoor practice facility after first Black men to integrate basketball, football at university

The University of Maryland is renaming Cole Field House, the legendary site of Terps basketball games for nearly five decades and now the site of the football team’s new indoor practice facility, after the first Black men to integrate basketball and football at the university and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

University President Darryll Pines made the announcement during his inauguration ceremony that the facility would be named the Jones-Hill House to honor Darryl Hill, who broke the color barrier in football for the university in 1963, as well as Billy Jones, who made history in 1965 as the Terps’ first Black basketball player.


PPP Loan Forgiveness Discussion
*Thursday, May 27th | 10:00 am

Loan Forgiveness Concerns | PPP Loan Depletion
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HUD-CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Bootcamp 

The CDC and HUD are offering community leaders, residents, service coordinators, local partners, program administrators, and more—a limited-time opportunity to attend a FREE 2-hour Vaccine Confidence Bootcamp! 

Interested participants can learn about the Bootcamp and sign up here. 

The first Bootcamp will be held on Thursday, May 27 from 1-3 pm EST. Sign up here.  

Become a COVID-19 Vaccine Education Champion with Kaiser Permanente 

On behalf of Kaiser Permanente, we are reaching out to ask that you join us in supporting and promoting COVID-19 vaccinations for Maryland’s most vulnerable populations. Kaiser Permanente is launching a communications and outreach campaign in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. The campaign is focused on building vaccine confidence through the deployment of trusted community messengers to help educate and inform the public in targeted communities throughout Maryland. Our goal is to create a community network of trusted partners who can reach those members in our communities who are at highest risk and greatest need.

As a trusted member and voice in your community, we are asking you to join us and become a partner in this work. The requirements are relatively simple – first you, or a member of your staff, must complete the training provided by Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff. The four training modules, offered as a “Train the Trainer” model, will equip you to effectively speak to your community about COVID-19, the vaccine, dispelling myths, building confidence, and assisting with registration for a wide community audience. Next, you’ll also be given information to make available to your community and may be asked to provide testimonials. Lastly, you’ll be asked to track any registrations you assist your clientele with.

There are 4 live training sessions, each approximately 2 hours in length and led by Kaiser Permanente infectious disease physicians. The training schedule is as follows:

  • COVID-19 Infection & Facts
  • COVID Vaccine Safety
  • COVID Vaccine Confidence
  • Healthy Advocacy & Navigation

You are required to sign an agreement form which you’re agreeing to join the network and promote vaccination to your clients, members, constituents, and the like. If you would like to participate in this program please contact Gabrielle Furr, Kaiser Permanente will provide the form to review and sign then get you set up for trainings which are set to begin the second week in June.

Thank you so much for the work you do every day – and particularly for this work, which can and will save lives in our communities.