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Bereavement Support Programs and Resources for Parents Experiencing Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss

Bereavement Support Programs and Resources for Parents Experiencing Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss

If you or someone you know has experienced a loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss, you can receive support through the Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program. They have put together this list of Resources for Parents Experiencing Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss. Updated September 2022, bereavement counseling and related services included here do not imply endorsement by the Montgomery County, MD Department of Health and Human Services or the Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program.

You can see individidual programs here: Programs for those Affected by Perinatal Loss

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations 2022

We celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The theme for 2022 is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.”

The reason Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is because September 15 is significant to a number of Latin American countries. It is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

You can find news, information and celebrations on the website for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

For local activities, Check the Collaboration Council website for events related to this celebration.

County Executive Elrich kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15 by issuing a proclamation to recognize the special month. The proclamation presentation video can be viewed here

Announcing Request for Proposals # 2023-77 Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach

Request for Proposals # 2023-77 Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach  

Proposals # 2023-77

Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach

Issue Date: September 7, 2022

Questions submitted in writing by September 19, 2022

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: October 7, 2022 5:00 p.m.

No submissions will be accepted after this date and time, 2022

OPEN SOLICITATION #2022-75

Purpose of Solicitation:

 

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a qualified vendor to

1) deliver care coordination services to families in the County that maintain high fidelity to the wraparound philosophy and;

2) to develop and maintain a network of service providers to deliver community-based interventions for eligible youth.

Preproposal Conference Dates:

September 22, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm

September 23 ,2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Offerors may choose to come to one or both.

All questions (either live or pre-submitted) will be answered at the conferences. Sessions will be recorded and the recording will be shared upon request.

Link for pre-proposal conferences can be attained by emailing meredith.bowers@collaborationcouncil.org with the subject heading: RFP Preproposal Conference Link

Click here for the full RFP

Getting a COVID-19 updated booster shot

Getting a COVID-19 updated booster shot

 

Last week, the FDA and CDC approved new Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 bivalent boosters that are specifically tailored to combat the two most prevalent omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. Beginning  September 7, the vaccines are widely available in the DMV.

 

The bivalent vaccines can only be used as a booster shot at least two months after the completion of the primary series – or initial required shots – or following a previous booster shot. The Pfizer bivalent vaccine is authorized for those 12 years of age and older. The Moderna bivalent vaccine is authorized for use in people 18 years of age and older. More.

  You can get an updated booster at any of the Montgomery County-sponsored clinics or at a private provider, such as a Giant or CVS pharmacy. Appointments are recommended, especially at county clinics. The federal vaccines.gov site provides information on pharmacies and other providers that have available booster appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Also see Maryland’s vaccine locator.  

For those concerned about mRNA used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Novavax offers an alternative. It’s a traditional protein-based vaccine and does not use mRNA. People aged 12 and over who have not completed another primary COVID-19 vaccine series are eligible for Novavax, which is administered in two doses three week apart.  

The county offers Novavax vaccines at its clinics by appointment only. Call the county’s COVID-19 call center at 240-777-2982 to request appointments or make an appointment online.

Montgomery Connects – Computer For You Free Computers for Residents

Montgomery County is providing 40,000 Chromebook computers to residents who do not have a computer. Eventbrite is being used to create appointment tickets to manage computer pick-ups.  Every person receiving a computer:
  • Must have an individual appointment to pick-up a computer (appointments are released Sundays at 2:00 pm);
  • MUST APPEAR IN PERSON and show photo ID to pick up the computer;
  • Must have a have a County library card number to create an appointment.
  • Must be a Montgomery County resident at least 7 years old.
  • Must be  able to honestly certify you would not have access to a computer if the County did not provide you one.
There is a limit of one computer per person.  You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen to receive a computer but you must be a Montgomery County resident.  EVERY PERSON, INCLUDING CHILDREN, MUST HAVE THEIR OWN APPOINTMENT AND APPEAR ON THEIR APPOINTMENT DAY IN PERSON WITH ID TO RECEIVE A COMPUTER (For Example:  If a parent wants a computer for the parent and two computers for two children, the parent must make 3 appointments and bring the two children with ID to receive the computers.  If you make an appointment for June 21, you cannot show up on a different day.)  The same person may not register at multiple locations to receive more than 1 total computer.  If all appointments are sold out, new appointments will be released on Sundays at 2pm.  4 to 5 events will be hosted every week through October 2022.  If you need additional information, please read below and then contact us at montgomeryconnects@montgomerycountymd.gov if you still have questions.  Do not use this email to request a computer – click on an available date below under Make Appointment for Computer and complete the Eventbrite to book an appointment.

Programs and Resources for Parents

MCPS Parent Resources can be found for those families looking for

Department of Health and Human Services Family Planning / Reproductive Health

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services offers resources for those looking for information on Family Planning/Reproductive Health.

Visit this link for information on providers, how and where to apply for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services.

Visit this link on infoMONTGOMERY for Family Planning Programs

Summer Programs and Resources for Students

MCPS is planning a wide range of summer programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in summer 2022, at no cost to students. Most programs will span the month of July, with the exception of high school credit courses and the Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) program in Title I elementary schools, which run slightly longer. Generally, in-person programs will take place in the morning, through midday. Afternoon programs sponsored by county and municipal agencies and outside providers will be available in selected schools. For more information, please visit the MCPS Summer Programs webpage or contact your local school.

Montgomery County Recreation offers a wide variety of exciting summer programs throughout the County with an emphasis on safety, convenience, affordability, and most of all fun. We offer a ton of summer programs that are designed to appeal to a variety of campers. With such a broad range of programming, and experienced and innovative staff, there is something for everyone. Check out the Summer Camps Guide

Other summer programs:

  • Online tutoring with MCPS staff and external providers available to all students, on flexible schedules and available 24/7.
  • Summer RISE for rising MCPS juniors and seniors to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer.
  • Montgomery Can Code: Free summer coding camp for middle school students.
  • Other “Out of School Time” program opportunities.
  • Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families (Local Management Board) Seeks Board Members

    The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is Seeking Applications for Community Board Members
    Apply Online at This Link:
    OnBoard2 | Montgomery County MD>
    Please carefully read the new online application instructions at
    Boards, Committees and Commissions – Montgomery County, MD (montgomerycountymd.gov)
    The deadline for application is May 4, 2022
    See full announcement here:  

    Summer RISE Host Registration is now open through Friday, April 1st

    Summer RISE Host Registration is now open through Friday, April 1st

    The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Partnerships Unit is seeking businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions and nonprofits to participate as hosts for the 2022 Summer RISE program. Summer RISE is a program for MCPS rising high school juniors and seniors to learn about a career during the month of July.

    • Highlights of Summer RISE 2022:
    • Host Registration: Open now through Friday, April 1, 2022
    • Summer RISE: July 5-29, 2022
    • Closing Ceremony: Friday, July 29th
    • Flexible schedule | 50 hours over 4 weeks | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Opportunities can be in-person, virtual or hybrid
    • The Partnerships Unit is offering virtual courses to supplement the 50 required hours, if needed
    • For detailed information about Summer RISE, visit www.MCPS-SummerRISE.org Hosting a Summer RISE student: If you/your company is interested in becoming a host, please see the information below and attached:
    • Read the Summer RISE Host Agreement
    • Preview the Host registration before you register (see attached)
    • Review the summary of industries for which we are seeking hosts
    • Register to be a host using https://bit.ly/Host2022
    • Questions? Join an information session or have your colleagues attend to learn more about hosting a Summer RISE student. Please keep checking the link as additional sessions may be added.
    • Bring a colleague to an information session
    • If you are interested in hosting a personalized information session for your office/organization or with industry partners, please let us know and we will be happy to coordinate.
    Student registration is launching this Wednesday, February 16th and we anticipate having over 1,100 students registering this year. With your help, we will be able to offer Summer RISE to more students.
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