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
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
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.
How Do I Get a COVID-19 Test in Montgomery County?
How Do I Get a COVID-19 Test in Montgomery County?Testing Clinic locations
Seniors and people with disabilities: get a free ride to your COVID-19 testing clinic
Visit one of the county run or sponsored Testing clinics for PCR testing for anyone who lives, works, or regularly visits Montgomery County.
We test people of all ages. If you bring young children, we may ask you to help them get tested. . Appointments are available, or Walk-in on a First-Come, First-Serve basis
Testing is free. If you have insurance, we will ask for your information, but there are no co-pays or deductibles.
We do not require a government ID or a doctor’s order.
Our clinics provide nasal swab tests. You take the sample yourself. The tests are molecular tests, also called PCR tests. These diagnostic tests detect genetic material of the COVID-19 virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). We do not offer antibody testing at our clinics.
At-home rapid tests
Order free rapid tests for at-home delivery from the US government. Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
Limit of one order per residential address
One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
Orders will ship free starting in late January
Get rapid test kits at any one of 19 Montgomery County Public Library branches.
Rapid test kits are free to Montgomery County residents.
Bring a form of proof of residency. Examples include a Driver’s license, ID, or a bill that shows you are a resident of Montgomery County.
Providers can request rapid test kits for their organization or private school. Request COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits for your organization
Excel Beyond The Bell Announces our Spring 2022 Schedule!
Excel Beyond the Bell is currently in eight Montgomery County middle schools: Argyle in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente in Germantown, A. Mario Loiederman, Francis Scott Key in Silver Spring, Forest Oak in Gaithersburg, Neelsville in Germantown, Odessa Shannon in Silver Spring and Montgomery Village in Montgomery Village. At no cost to families, the program provides students with immediate access to after-school recreational and social programming, academic support, hot nutritional meals, and bus transportation home.
EBB is open to any student from the identified schools and operates four days a week in two sessions from the end of the school day until 5:30pm. Activities include career exploration; leadership and civic engagement; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, creative arts; social-emotional learning; sports & physical activity; health and wellness. Through the encouragement of healthy leisure choices, students are exploring new interests, building successful positive relationships, and increasing involvement with their school and community.
Youth Sports Initiative 2021
On September 15, 2020, the Montgomery County Council appropriated CARES Act funding to the Collaboration Council to help carry out the Youth Sports Initiative in partnership with the Montgomery County Recreation Department and Montgomery County’s Office of Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF).
Many thanks for the collaboration and support of representatives from the Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame, Montgomery County Public Schools Athletics Department, and Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Student and Family Support and Engagement (Counseling and Restorative Justice Units)–and a big thanks to Councilman Gabe Albornoz, who led the charge in funding this initiative! Our partners showcase their work here:
COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Olds
COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Olds
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for 5- to 11-year-olds. MCPS is partnering with the county’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Holy Cross Hospital to offer a number of free vaccination clinics for children at schools and county sites.
Check this page for updates on clinics
Due to limited appointment availability, information about how to register for an appointment at weekday vaccination sites are being shared with school communities by each school’s respective principal.
Two-thirds of the doses for children 5 to 11 will be provided by pharmacies, pediatricians and other healthcare providers, and about one-third will be provided by the health department. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous sources that are providing vaccinations. Montgomery County health officials said they’re expecting a shipment of 40,000 vaccines for up to 12 middle and elementary schools and six community vaccination sites.
The county is also ramping up a campaign to inform parents. “We will be using Whatsapp and other media platforms to get notification and information regarding the efficacy of the vaccines,” Dr. James Bridgers, a county health official, told reporters Thursday.
The county’s department of health is working with schools to identify and prioritize students who are immunocompromised. The department is also contracting teams to provide rotating pop-up clinics in areas of the county of greatest need on behalf of the African American Health Program and other minority health initiatives.
Dr. Earl Stoddard, the county’s chief administrative officer, told reporters Thursday they’re working to make sure vaccines are accessible to all communities.
“We’re obviously keenly aware of the fact that we have continued to keep kids educated while at schools and so many of these hours are going to be at nights and weekends,” Stoddard said.
Here are the schools and community sites that will be offering vaccination clinics. Their days and hours of operations have not yet been finalized:
For a map of sites click here
Argyle Middle School
Banneker Middle School
Dennis Ave Health Center
East County Recreational Center
Eastern Middle School
Forest Oak Middle School
Francis Scott Key Middle School
Julius West Middle School
Loiederman Middle School
Montgomery College Germantown Campus
Montgomery College Rockville
Montgomery Village Middle School
Roberto Clemente Middle School
Silver Spring Civic Building
Coming Soon! COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year Old
Coming Soon! COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 to 11 Year OldsPfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5-to-11-year-olds is expected to be authorized for emergency use in the coming days. MCPS is partnering with the county’s Department of Health and Human Services and Holy Cross Hospital to offer a number of free vaccination clinics for children at schools and county sites once the vaccine is available. Clinic dates, times and locations will be released soon. Parents/guardians who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine and would like one, or those who need a booster, will be able to do so at these clinics as well.
- Read the full message here
- Please indicate your interest in having your child vaccinated by completing this form.
Preparing to Return to School
As summer winds down, we are prepping for a return to school and, for many, a return to in-person work at the office. Events in the news and the changing landscape of the pandemic have given us real reasons to feel an incredible range of mixed emotions. Excitement for our children to return to critical social settings. Anxiety for their safety. Relief for some normalcy. Yearning to provide our children with the tools they need to thrive.
EveryMind is here to support you and your children. Reach out to us for supportive listening and resources, including trainings to identify signs of mental health distress in your kids, yourself, and your loved ones.
Please share our hotline information with your children and teens. Many have anxieties about returning to school after nearly 18 months away, and we are here for them, too.
EveryMind Hotline Call or Text: 301.738.2255 Chat: Every-Mind.org/chat/