$273,000 to be donated for health programs

The Baltimore Sun

The Horizon Foundation was to give Howard County officials a check for $273,000 for health department programs today at Oakland Manor in Columbia.

Most of the money, $200,000, is to help pay for planning in case a flu pandemic strikes.

"Countywide pandemic planning is critical, as it will enable us to upgrade readiness for the most profound health challenge that the county may face," Richard M. Krieg, Horizon's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

In addition, $42,000 will pay for marketing and research for health officer Peter L. Beilenson's Healthy Howard program to improve the health of county residents in a variety of ways.

The final $31,000 is to pay for the transfer of administering a group of more than 50 doctors and other health professionals who have volunteered to help first responders in an emergency. The group is called the Medical Reserve Corps.

Horizon is a $92 million foundation dedicated to health and wellness issues.

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