AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
At the June AAWGT education program four panelists outlined the services available to help navigate language and cultural barriers for those seeking medical help, legal advice, child and family social services, and education. The emphasis was on the Hispanic community as that is the largest and fastest growing group in Anne Arundel County.
Marc Rodriguez, Alderman, City of Annapolis, moderated panel members Nancy Schrum, Gaston Gomez, Waleska Casiano-Matos, and Annapolis high school student, Ada Garcia Sosa.
Attendees were inspired by the stories of our speakers and left with an understanding that these efforts at language education, cultural assimilation, and general assistance requires greater attention from government and private sources.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM) is a safety-net provider, serving people regardless of ability to pay. The Annapolis PPM location serves more than 4,000 women who may not otherwise have access to high-quality, comprehensive women's health services. These services -- breast health exams, pregnancy tests, Pap tests, HPV vaccinations, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) tests and treatment -- can help reduce the incidence of and mortality rate from cancer. Breast and cervical cancers are the primary targets. In Anne Arundel County, the few programs that assist women with paying for care require much paperwork and processing time. Funding from AAWGT means that PPM can make care more easily available and can focus on screening and treating women in need.
Compassion: sympathy, care or concern for others
Responsibility: doing what is expected of you
Community: a meaningful connection
Innovation: finding new and creative ways of doing things
Leadership: guiding people and projects: setting the pace
Helping: taking care of others and meeting their needs
Friendship: experiencing close, ongoing relationships
Integrity: adhering to a moral or ethical code
Competence: being effective at what you do
Risk: exploring the unknown, testing limits.
Betsy Chotin, President
Sue Pitchford, Vice-President and President-Elect
This evening provides an opportunity to understand the real meaning of AAWGTs grant making. the 2017 grantees will talk about what they have been able to accomplish with our funding, and we will introduce the 2018 grantees.