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Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Musicians’ Union Agree on 3-Year Contract

Reinforcing its status as one of the nation’s leading professional regional orchestras, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore have agreed to a new three-year contract.

 

“Musicians aspire to play with a union orchestra because of the high quality of performances and the opportunity to share the stage with other first-rate musicians,” said Mid-Atlantic Symphony Board President Jeffrey Parker. “This contract, the first in the MSO’s 24-year history, reflects the efforts of Music Director Julien Benichou to elevate the quality of our musicians and validates our status as the only professional orchestra serving southern Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

 

“The committee is extremely pleased that management believed that a collective bargaining agreement would further the artistic growth of the orchestra and that musicians unanimously supported the ratification,” said Luis Engelke, who serves as Vice President of the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543, American Federation of Musicians and was instrumental in organizing the musicians and negotiating the contract. “This was a collegial and collaborative venture.”

 

The contract agreement came just days before the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra opens its 2021-2022 season, with performances on September 23 at 7:30 PM at Easton High School in Easton, MD; on Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 PM at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, DE; and on Sunday, September 26 at 3 PM at the Performing Arts Center in Ocean City, MD.

 

The 2021-2022 opener includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”), as well as works by Ravel and Mussorgsky. The season’s concerts include works by Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi, among others; the premiere of a composition by Maestro Benichou; and critically-acclaimed guest soloists.

 

Subscriptions for the five regular season concerts are $195, with patrons free to choose from any of the three locations for each program. Individual tickets are $45 or $50, depending upon the program and venue. Tickets for the non-subscription New Year’s Eve program are $60 for general admission $85 for premium seating.

 

Subscriptions and individual concert tickets are available online at www.midatlanticsymphony.org or by calling 888-846-8600.

 

To ensure the safety of its audience members and musicians, the Orchestra will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for everyone entering venues.

 

The Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore was established over 100 years ago and represents musicians who work in Central Maryland, the state’s Upper Chesapeake counties, and its Eastern Shore. In addition to the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Association’s musicians perform with orchestras in Baltimore and Annapolis, among others.

 

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council; the Talbot County Arts Council; the Worcester County Arts Council; the Sussex County, DE Council; and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

For All Seasons Makes Appointments to Leadership Roles 

For All Seasons welcomes three new employees to fill leadership positions within the organization. Courtney Calloway, LCSW-C, was appointed Assistant Clinical Director; Doug Mayorga was appointed as Human Resources Manager; and Emily Moody, LCSW-C, was appointed as Associate Clinical Director.

“We are so excited to welcome these new team members. The agency is undergoing significant growth and we look forward to the energy, expertise, and experience each of these staff brings to the For All Seasons team,” comments Beth Anne Langrell, CEO.

Calloway of Easton has experience in both the mental health and medical social work fields, training extensively in working with clients of all ages from a trauma-focused approach. Most recently, she worked as a Renal Social Worker for Regional Point Social Work and DaVita Dialysis Inc. She has training in a variety of treatment modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Expressive therapies (art, movement, mindfulness, and play). Previously, she was a therapist with For All Seasons focusing on both school-based and adult therapy. She has completed a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Salisbury University and an Associate of Arts in liberal arts from Chesapeake College.

She comments, “I had maintained connections with everyone when I left For All Seasons. I came back to the agency because of the team and the reputation the agency has in the community.”

Mayorga of Easton was previously the Human Resources Specialist & Wellness Coordinator at Choptank Transport where he managed employee relations and records in multiple regional office locations, assisted with fundraising and philanthropic events, and helped to redesign the company’s plan benefits package. He also established an all-encompassing wellness initiative for the company, focusing on the physical, emotional, and financial wellness of employees. Before working in Human Resources, he had several management positions, handling hiring, training, and team building in the retail industry. Mayorga is also owner and CEO of Talls Home Baked where he designs, bakes, and decorates custom home-baked delicacies. He attended Chesapeake College. His volunteer work has included CASA of Caroline County, The Salvation Army, Talbot Hospice, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Talbot Humane Society, Caroline County Humane Society, Baywater Animal Rescue, Preston Elementary School, Denton Elementary School, Federalsburg Elementary School, and Junior Achievement.

“Being a part of the For All Seasons team, to me, means being a part of something bigger than myself. For me, being a resource for the employees and being able to provide support and guidance is what gets me out of bed every morning. My desire to help people is what drew me to this agency. Beth Anne and I have had many conversations around the need for a human resources representative, and I am here to answer that call,” says Mayorga.

Moody of Easton worked most recently as a Family Liaison at Easton Elementary School through the Talbot County Public Schools and as a therapist at Peace of Mind Mental Health Services in Easton. She also worked for almost ten years in a large community mental health agency. Through these positions, she gained experience treating children, adults, and adolescents in mental health, addictions and trauma. She also worked with families to connect them to community resources, coordinating with local mental health agencies and other services. She is certified as an ACEs Master Presenter, providing training on Adverse Childhood Experiences, and as a Mindfulness Teacher through Mindful Schools. She also is co-founder and co-coordinator of the CarePacks program, providing meals to vulnerable students when school is not in session. Moody has completed a Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America, National Catholic School of Social Service, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston College. In 2020, she received both the J. Sam Meek Unsung Hero Award from the Talbot County Public Schools and the J. McKenney Willis Jr. Award from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation for her work with to CarePacks of Talbot County.

“I’m thrilled to join an organization with such a passionate commitment to meeting the mental health needs of this community. It’s an honor to become part of this talented team, and I look forward to expanding conversations about treatment, recovery, and hope with the clients and community we serve,” Moody states.

For All Seasons provides the highest level of mental health and victim services to children, adults and families across the Mid-Shore. Services are offered in both English and Spanish and include therapy, psychiatry, victim advocacy and 24-hour crisis hotlines. For further information, contact For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

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Choptank Transport Receives Heathiest Maryland Businesses’ Highest Honor

PRESTON, MARYLAND – September 21, 2021 – Choptank Transport is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Healthiest Maryland business (HMB) by receiving the Exemplar Wellness at Work Award. Exemplar is the highest level of recognition the program offers, followed by the Pacesetter and Standout levels of the award.
Winners are chosen by their ability to provide wellness at work practices that promote an active and ongoing culture of healthy habits and exercise. This includes policies, programs, benefits and environmental supports.
“The wellbeing of our employees is a top priority, “says Vice President of Human Resources Pam Hutchinson. “We strive to provide top benefits, fun wellness challenges, exercise options and physical and mental health support. Our bikes on campus, quarter-mile walking path, step challenges, yoga, and nutrition classes work together to offer an optimum work/life balance.”
The benefits of a robust wellness program speak for themselves as it helps reduce absenteeism and lost time at work due to illness. It also reduces healthcare costs while improving employee performance. Learned practices also make their way into the home setting, helping spread good habits to children and other family members.
The full list of Wellness at Work winners can be found on HMB’s website page here.
About Choptank Transport
Choptank Transport is part of a $213.5 billion industry of U.S. third-party logistics companies that match a variety of freight services with shippers who have products to be transported. Choptank specializes in truckload freight, less-than-truckload, refrigerated and dry, as well as rail, air and sea movement. Choptank’s headquarters is in Preston, Maryland, with five other locations nationwide, including Tampa, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, and Baltimore. A new location in Easton, Maryland is scheduled to open next month.
About Heathiest Maryland Businesses
Healthiest Maryland Businesses is a collaborative of Maryland businesses with a shared mission of improving health through worksite wellness efforts. Participating businesses are referred to accredited work site wellness resources, receive education and assistance, and are recognized for their commitment to improving the health of their workforce. This statewide movement works to build and promote a culture of wellness in the workplace – fostering an environment that makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice. The Healthiest Maryland movement aims to engage leaders to commit to maximizing Marylanders’ well-being by implementing a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to promote health where Marylanders work, live, and learn.

Gunston Seniors Abbey & Maggie Miller Selected as  National Merit Semifinalists

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School is pleased to announce Seniors Abigail (Abbey) and Magdalena (Maggie) Miller of Easton, Md., have been selected as semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program, making them part of the top 16,000 high school students selected out of 1.5 million qualified applicants. National Merit semifinalists represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
The Millers will be competing for about 7,500 scholarships worth almost $30M. Roughly 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level in February, with scholarships awarded later in the spring. The application process is rigorous, requiring an outstanding academic record as well as a detailed record of school and community engagement in various activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, endorsements and recommendations by a high school official, an essay, and near perfect SAT or ACT scores.
“Growing up, I was always encouraged to do my best in school,” said Maggie. “I worked hard to achieve my goals and learned that preparation was the key to success. I’ve always enjoyed math and science; I attended coding summer camps when I was younger and this past summer I was a leader for a week-long STEM camp for students at the local elementary school. Leading up to the PSAT exam date, I used some of my extra time on weekends to do practice problems, using resources like Khan Academy. Next fall, I plan on studying at an engineering school in the Northeast.”
Abbey adds, “I have always worked hard in my classes and done well in school. When I was younger, my parents encouraged me to excel academically. They supported me as I developed my interests and set different goals for myself. I would not have been able to achieve this if it weren’t for them. In school, I gravitate towards anything related to STEM, so I plan on majoring in engineering at college.”
English teacher Morey Weimer, who is also the advisor of the new chess club the Millers co-founded, recalled their individual impact in his class, “Maggie’s writing on Margaret Atwood inspired me to not only read a handful of Atwood novels over the summer, but to dive deeply into the realm of cli-fi (re: climate fiction) and to reconsider how stories can function as a sort of looking glass into a world where current issues are taken to an extreme. Abbey’s writing on Ray Bradbury offered insight into the relationship between science, technology, and storytelling. In fact, one of Abbey’s essays inspired an entire unit in my “From Stories to Science” [in the Anthropocene course] about engineering and the power of stories to influence the sort of world that we design and build. Maggie and Abbey both aren’t afraid to ask for help. They take constructive criticism well and consistently make an effort to improve their writing.”
“Abbey and Maggie are not just superior students, but also superior citizens,” shared Gunston’s Head of School John Lewis, “They have excelled throughout their career in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in their service to others. As a school, we are deeply proud of their accomplishments.”
Founded in 1911, The Gunston School is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory high school located in Centreville, Maryland. Visit gunston.org for more information.

Studio B Art Gallery Announces October Exhibit and Live Demo

Studio B Art Gallery is pleased to announce two new events coming to the gallery in October. Join them for the opening of the fall exhibit “Enchanting Eastern Shore” on October 1 and register for the “Portrait Sculpture Demo in Clay” by Rick Casali on October 15.
Enchanting Eastern Shore Exhibit – Friday, October 1, 2021
The gallery’s “Enchanting Eastern Shore” exhibit opens during the First Friday Gallery Walk, October 1, 5-8 p.m. New artwork by the gallery’s talented artists will be unveiled during the special reception. Selected works of art will feature scenes of beauty from all over Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The opening will include a meet and greet with gallery artists, refreshments, and great conversations about art and technique.
“Our gallery artists have been inspired by their experiences on the Eastern Shore this summer,” Studio B Art Gallery owner Betty Huang said. “These new paintings are a reflection of our region’s beauty and inspiration.”
Portrait Sculpture Demo in Clay by Rick Casali – Friday, October 15, 2021
Acclaimed sculptor Rick Casali will be at Studio B Art Gallery on Friday, October 15, for a special in-person “Portrait Sculpture Demo in Clay” event. Internationally known for his fine portraits in oils and bronze, Casali’s demonstration is an opportunity to observe the sculpting process and participate in a Q&A with Rick as he works.
“It is a joy watching Rick and see the clay come to life right before your eyes,” Betty said. “Whenever we can have him join us in the gallery, folks are captivated by his techniques and love learning how he’s able to do the things he can do.”
The “Portrait Sculpture Demo in Clay” is free to attend on October 15, 5-7 p.m.,, but reservations are required in advance. Email Betty at Betty@studiobartgallery.com or call 443-988-1818 to RSVP for the event.
Studio B Art Gallery is located at 7 B Goldsborough Street in historic downtown Easton, Maryland. The gallery represents nationally and internationally known painters Hiu Lai Chong, Bernard Dellario, Ken DeWaard, Betty Huang, Qiang Huang, Daniel Robbins, Master Jove Wang, and sculptor Rick Casali. Visit the gallery any time during open hours, browse online at www.studiobartgallery.com, or call 443-988-1818 to arrange a private viewing.

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXVII is Oct. 1–3 

From Friday–Saturday, Oct. 1–3, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will once again host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft at Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXVII.  
 
During the festival, CBMM guests can marvel at the craftsmanship and innovation used in traditional and contemporary small craft while enjoying CBMM’s waterfront campus and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Hundreds of amateur and professional boatbuilders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their one-of-a-kind kayaks, canoes, and other traditional small craft. 
   
Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams, and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout this family-oriented event. Small craft owners hailing from all over the country will also be available to share their knowledge and boating experiences with guests 
  
On Saturday, CBMM Shipyard staff and Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School instructors will be on hand to offer boatbuilding and maritime demonstrations. Also beginning at 1pm on Saturday will be a lively Miles River race of small craft, which can be viewed from CBMM’s waterfront and docks.  
 
Festival-goers will be able to vote for their favorite boat, with the People’s Choice award and others announced among participants on Saturday evening. Limited offerings will be available for the public to see on Sunday. 
  
For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on museum grounds during CBMM festivals, with the exception of certified service dogs.  
  
Public entrance to the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is included with CBMM’s general admission, which is good for two consecutive days and free for CBMM members. Hours are 9am–5pm each day. For more information, visit cbmm.org/smallcraftfestival. Anyone looking to participate as an exhibitor should visit cbmm.org/mascfparticipants.

Gunston Seniors Abbey & Maggie Miller Selected as  National Merit Semifinalists

Centreville, MD – The Gunston School is pleased to announce Seniors Abigail (Abbey) and Magdalena (Maggie) Miller of Easton, Md., have been selected as semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program, making them part of the top 16,000 high school students selected out of 1.5 million qualified applicants. National Merit semifinalists represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
The Millers will be competing for about 7,500 scholarships worth almost $30M. Roughly 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level in February, with scholarships awarded later in the spring. The application process is rigorous, requiring an outstanding academic record as well as a detailed record of school and community engagement in various activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, endorsements and recommendations by a high school official, an essay, and near perfect SAT or ACT scores.
“Growing up, I was always encouraged to do my best in school,” said Maggie. “I worked hard to achieve my goals and learned that preparation was the key to success. I’ve always enjoyed math and science; I attended coding summer camps when I was younger and this past summer I was a leader for a week-long STEM camp for students at the local elementary school. Leading up to the PSAT exam date, I used some of my extra time on weekends to do practice problems, using resources like Khan Academy. Next fall, I plan on studying at an engineering school in the Northeast.”
Abbey adds, “I have always worked hard in my classes and done well in school. When I was younger, my parents encouraged me to excel academically. They supported me as I developed my interests and set different goals for myself. I would not have been able to achieve this if it weren’t for them. In school, I gravitate towards anything related to STEM, so I plan on majoring in engineering at college.”
English teacher Morey Weimer, who is also the advisor of the new chess club the Millers co-founded, recalled their individual impact in his class, “Maggie’s writing on Margaret Atwood inspired me to not only read a handful of Atwood novels over the summer, but to dive deeply into the realm of cli-fi (re: climate fiction) and to reconsider how stories can function as a sort of looking glass into a world where current issues are taken to an extreme. Abbey’s writing on Ray Bradbury offered insight into the relationship between science, technology, and storytelling. In fact, one of Abbey’s essays inspired an entire unit in my “From Stories to Science” [in the Anthropocene course] about engineering and the power of stories to influence the sort of world that we design and build. Maggie and Abbey both aren’t afraid to ask for help. They take constructive criticism well and consistently make an effort to improve their writing.”
“Abbey and Maggie are not just superior students, but also superior citizens,” shared Gunston’s Head of School John Lewis, “They have excelled throughout their career in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in their service to others. As a school, we are deeply proud of their accomplishments.”
Founded in 1911, The Gunston School is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory high school located in Centreville, Maryland. Visit gunston.org for more information.

Willow Construction Joins For All Seasons Leadership Circle

Our most personal firsthand experiences can often be the impetus behind our philanthropic giving. Such was the case with the owners of Willow Construction, who recently became founding members of the For All Seasons Leadership Circle. Mike Hiner, President, and Andy Cheezum, Vice President, both had experiences in the past with family members having anxiety and realize the extent of the mental health needs in our community.

“Mental health struggles are important issues that families face, and time is of the essence in seeking treatment. I experienced this firsthand in dealing with this in my own family,” comments Hiner.

“As parents, we often think we can deal with challenges when they come up, but sometimes, we need help. Talking to other parents and becoming more aware of mental health issues here, our company realized the urgency of these needs in our community for mental health services, especially since the pandemic and among our youth,” adds Cheezum.

While Willow Construction has been a donor to For All Seasons in the past, it wasn’t until recently that the business increased its commitment to investing in the agency’s mission and reach on the Mid-Shore. First, through a 2020 renovation project of For All Seasons headquarters building on Talbot Street, where they offered their services at a reduced cost. And most recently, this summer, when Cheezum attended an event where President/CEO Beth Anne Langrell shared For All Seasons’ role in building community resilience.

“We admire Beth Anne’s ability to share the organization’s vision for a healthy community as a whole and the organization’s leadership in finding solutions for our community issues. That night, her talk struck a chord with me, and the business decided to commit to a matching gift for this year, making us a Leadership Circle founding member,” Cheezum states.

Tithing has always been at the core of Willow Construction’s business philosophy and they have supported a number of local nonprofits – mostly with a focus on youth-oriented giving.

Hiner adds, “Willow Construction has built its reputation on more than 48 years of leadership and outstanding service. We’re also proud to be actively engaged in our community, supporting a variety of local causes. We have contributed our time, funding, and materials to building neighborhood relationships and fostering community fellowship.”

“This year, we have been particularly blessed with work, despite the pandemic, and we wanted to share these blessings with For All Seasons.”

“We are thrilled to have Willow Construction as a Leadership Circle founding member and as a business partner. They continue to recognize the importance of mental health services in our community and have stepped up in significant ways to help us in meeting the needs that exist today,” comments Beth Anne Langrell, President/CEO.

For All Seasons’ Leadership Circle is comprised of an exceptional group of individuals and leaders in the business community who give generously and lend their talents, expertise, and connections to the forward momentum of the agency. Members of the Circle are critical partners in For All Seasons’ life-saving work, playing an instrumental role in building the agency’s capacity to meet the demands of the current mental health crisis. Entrance to the Leadership Circle begins with contributions of $10,000 per year and extends into more significant, six-figure gifts. Multi-year commitments are especially impactful for the agency.

For further information on supporting For All Seasons, contact Lauren Weber, Vice President of Philanthropy and Education, at lweber@forallseasonsinc.org or call 410-822-1018.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown to step down

Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Board of Directors have recently announced Sandy Brown is stepping down after serving as the nonprofit legal assistance organization’s longest standing Executive Director for the last 13 years.

“Every organization’s natural evolution is for the first generation to give way to the second,” said Brown. “After months of thought and introspection, I feel it is time for me to make this move and allow the energy and vision of MSPB’s next Executive Director to carry the organization.”

“Sandy has been a highly effective and steadfast leader for more than 13 years and has been central to the organization’s growth,” said Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board of Director President Tim Abeska. “She is continuing her role through December to help identify and onboard the incoming Executive Director.”

Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of New York at Binghamton, and has spent most of her career in leadership and sales roles. She says her greatest achievements at Mid-Shore Pro Bono include expanding the organization’s reach on the Eastern Shore, and leading the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brown says the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater demand for pro bono legal services on the Eastern Shore, citing MSPB assisted more than 3,000 people in 2020 with legal issues ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to personal bankruptcy.

MSPB and a network of lawyers provide free or reduced-fee legal services for those who need help, and are committed to ensuring equal access to legal assistance for people in the local communities.

“With less than 1% of practicing Maryland attorneys living on the Eastern Shore, access to legal services is critical,” says Brown.

“Serving the local community is the central tenet of our mission,” said Abeska. “The persistence of COVID on the Eastern Shore has created more hardships for more people. We’re here to help with legal assistance for all matters, while we seek our new Executive Director.”

“Every member and client of MSPB has encouraged and inspired me, and our staff, to do the most for those with the most need, and often the least opportunity,” Brown commented. “I am forever grateful for, and proud of Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s tireless staff and the resilient communities we work with.”

Mid-Shore Pro Bono was established in 2005 by local judges and lawyers to create a local agency dedicated to helping the Mid-Shore’s low-income residents obtain access to legal assistance. Now MSPB serves residents of the Eastern Shore with offices in Easton, Chestertown, and Salisbury, and a mission to ensure equal access to legal assistance in local communities, with more at midshoreprobono.org.

Choptank Health expands school-based dental health

Choptank Community Health recently added school-based dental services to Kent, and Queen Anne’s County public school student enrollees. Choptank Health’s dental services are already provided in Dorchester County Public Schools, with dental and medical services available to students enrolled in the school-based health programs of Caroline and Talbot County Public Schools.

Choptank Community Health’s Chief Dental Officer Sandra Garbely- Kerkovich, DMD and Community Based Program Director Chrissy Bartz, PAC, MMS oversee the school-based dental program, with Pre-K through 12th-grade students enrolled in each school are eligible to receive care at any location.

Registered dental hygienists provide on-site dental screenings, fluoride treatments, sealant applications, and dental hygiene education. The free dental screenings include examinations of the teeth and all soft tissues of the mouth—along with instruction on brushing and flossing, and education on the importance of eating healthy foods in good oral hygiene.

“Strong partnerships with the area’s local school systems are critical to the impact our School-Based Health Centers have on the wellness of all students,” said Choptank Community Health CEO Sara Rich. “We are thankful for the commitment of each school and county for recognizing the importance of this program in helping to provide access to health care for all.”

Choptank Community Health operates 12 medical school-based health centers, located in each Caroline County Public School and in Talbot County Public School’s Easton Elementary, Easton Middle, and Easton High Schools.

“School-Based Health Centers improve attendance by limiting the amount of time students and staff miss from school and work by providing the care they need, and then allowing them to return to school as appropriate,” says Bartz. “It’s a great service to our students, their parents, our schools, and ultimately our entire communities.”

Each medical health center is staffed by licensed advanced practice clinicians, including Certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, and function like a typical doctor’s office. Choptank Health is offering telehealth and curbside visits at the schools for COVID testing, with quarantining protocols and separate well-child spaces on premise.

According to the School-Based Health Alliance, school-based health care is a powerful tool for achieving health equity among children and adolescents who unjustly experience disparities in outcomes simply because of their race, ethnicity, or family income.

The Alliance says school-based health care is also a commonsense idea gaining currency across the country as it places critically needed services like medical, behavioral, dental, and vision care directly in schools so that all young people, no matter their zip code, have equal opportunity to learn and grow. More about the Alliance is at sbh4all.org.

Choptank Community Health System’s mission is to provide access to exceptional, comprehensive, and integrated health care for all. Choptank Health’s vision is to improve the health and well-being of people in the communities served by providing outstanding care experiences while being an exceptional place to work and make a difference.

Parents and guardians can enroll their students in Choptank Community Health’s School-Based Health Centers by calling their school’s health staff or Health Center, with more at choptankhealth.org

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