Health outreach

With Harford County "far above the state average" in the number of cases of heart disease and other chronic health issues, representatives of Upper Chesapeake Health are working to reach out to residents, especially those who are low income, and get them the proper information and treatment.

Vickie Bands, director of community outreach for Upper Chesapeake, said Wednesday that ZIP codes in Edgewood, as well as Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, have the highest incidents of heart disease and other health problems, based on admissions to Upper Chesapeake's hospitals in Bel Air and Havre de Grace.

"We came here tonight hoping that this might be an entry for us," she said of the desire of the provider's staff to work with Edgewood community representatives.

Bands said Upper Chesapeake provides a number of services, including mobile clinics, and is already working with the Havre de Grace Housing Authority to reach residents in the most need.

She said Upper Chesapeake staffers want to "really be able to reach the people that we need to be reaching, to get them better educated, get them screened and get them medical care if needed."

More information can be found online at http://www.uchs.org, in Maryland's Health Matters, the quarterly magazine published by the University of Maryland Medical System, or by calling Upper Chesapeake's HealthLink division at 1-800-515-0044.

Community magazine

Maureen Eller, who lives in Forest Hill but resided in Edgewood for about 10 years, introduced her forthcoming publication Wednesday, Southern County Magazine.

Eller, who will be publishing the free quarterly magazine, plans to release the first issue in late August. The publication will highlight human interest stories about communities south of I-95, including Joppa/Joppatowne, Edgewood and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

"It is a magazine that talks about the wonderful things in the community... I'm hoping that it will encourage tourism into your area, and tourism includes people who live there as well," Eller said.

She said she has been working with Guthrie and members of the council in recent weeks to promote the magazine and get it up and running.

She encouraged local businesses to advertise, and members of the community to help with writing articles, contributing photographs, distributing copies and developing story ideas.

Eller said she was inspired by reading about council initiatives to change the perception of Edgewood, such as the upcoming EdgeWoodstock music festival this summer.

"I do want to be part of the change that's happening here as well," she said.

Robinson said Edgewood, home to the military's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center for researching methods of protection from chemical and biological attacks, is poised to become the national center for chemical and biological research.

"This is an opportunity to share with the best and brightest... that Edgewood, the southern part of Harford County, is a good place to live work and play," he said of the magazine.