February 2, 2016

Healthcare is more available now than at anytime in the past. The Affordable Care Act and Montgomery County’s Safety net clinics make primary health care available at unprecedented levels. Two County programs, Montgomery Cares and Care for Kids programs, provide subsidies to p...

August 6, 2015

Results from July 2015 Civic Engagement Focus Groups

 

In July CHEER convened two focus groups to look at the barriers to civic participation in Takoma Park and Long Branch and how to overcome them. The groups included both low income and immigrant residents. Below is a consolidated list...

July 2, 2015

Back in April CHEER was awarded a $50,000 Healthcare Initiative Foundation grant to conduct a pilot outreach and referral program that has two major goals.

  • First is to get low income uninsured people in Long Branch and Takoma Park into primary care treatment.

  • Second is to help p...

December 25, 2014

On a cold February day in 2012, we heard that a long line of people were waiting for health care at Mobile Med’s medical van at the Long Branch Community Center. Dozens of people waited for more than an hour in the cold to be seen by a doctor. Unfortunately, this scene has been repeated...

May 1, 2014

What Does an Efficient Local Democracy Look Like? A good democracy has many voices representing the whole community making better decisions that produce better outcomes for everyone.  Finding and practicing a process that facilitates this is part of the CHEER community improvement proce...

November 28, 2013

The Leadership Team at Essex House, a 135 unit high rise rental property on Maple Avenue, has developed robust leadership capacity over the past several months and recently achieved recognition from the building owners and is now for the first time managing its own budget.  Since beginn...

October 31, 2013

CHEER has hired three new staff members and moved into office space in the Central Square Shopping Center in Long Branch on Piney Branch Road and Arliss Street (8545B Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901). The office is located in the interior of the shopping center next to IMPACT...

February 28, 2013

In 2012 CHEER moved forward in creating healthy, thriving communities in Long Branch and Takoma Park, Maryland, by completing a Community Strategic Plan and advancing community priorities by forming coalitions, circles, and leading major initiatives, such as the creation of a Health Ent...

December 28, 2011

2011 was a fabulous year for CHEER and 2012 will be even better.  Below are the Details of our recent accomplishments, plans, and volunteer needs.

 

Accomplishments:

 

The Takoma Park Income Gap: In the beginning of November CHEER reported that Takoma Park had experienced a 15% decline in t...

October 1, 2011

CHEER just completed showing three episodes of “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?”  to Latin American Mothers who participate in the Linkages to Learning Program at Rolling Terrace Elementary School.  Each showing was followed by a discussion in which participants related...

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