CHEER - A guest of African Community Forum

October 25, 2016

This past summer Vineda Myers was one of four guests on Episode 16 of African Community Forum, which is a TV series that began in April of 2015 and aims to inform and engage the African Immigrant community, as well as bridge the gap between organizations, government officials, and individuals.  This TV series is a 2015 Monty Award winner,  and can bee seen on DCTV, in Fairfax County, VA, and in Montgomery County, MD.  


The topic of Episode 16 was Health in Montgomery County, and the other contributors to the discussion included Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner, and Rev. Adrian Ngudiankama, MPHIL., PhD.   


Vineda shared information about the role that CHEER plays in helping community members meet their health needs, and an overview of how our work benefits the community.  You can watch the video here:

 Below is sneak peak at CHEER’s contribution to the episode:


CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research) is a nonprofit that does community development in Takoma Park and Long Branch (which is located on the border of Silver Spring and Takoma Park, next to Langley Park).  

  • Our work began in 2008, and includes the areas of Health, Housing, Civic Engagement, and Youth Development.  

  • CHEER’s mission is to provide people with the knowledge and ability to create healthy & thriving communities.


The demographics in our area is largely Hispanic and African Immigrants, and we have found that the most common health issues in our community are:

  1. Diabetes

  2. Alcohol & Substance Abuse

  3. Pediatric Asthma

  4. Health Care Access


In 2014, CHEER hired six Community Outreach Specialists to connect community members to health and wellness resources.

  • They are from the communities where they work, and four are Hispanic and speak Spanish and English, two are Ethiopian and speak Amharic and English, and one is from the Congo and speaks French, Swahili, and English.  

  • Our Community Outreach Specialists receive training in specific areas of health, such as preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes prevention, & health