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Committee, Coalitions and Groups

Working together for a healthier tomorrow!
Kendra McLaughlin

Kendra McLaughlin

Director of Health Education

Phone: 301-334-7730
FAX: 301-334-7701

Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri. 8:00am – 5:00pm

Outreach Web
Drug Free Communities Support Program

The Garrett County Drug Free Communities Coalition and the Garrett County Health Department have a five year, $625,000 Drug Free Communities grant to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol use among youth. The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program is a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The objectives of the Garrett County DFC grant are as follows:

  • Increase the effetiveness of the Garrett County Drug Free Communities Coalition.
  • Decrease the percentage of Garrett County 12th graders and Garrett College students that report past 30 day prescription drug use.
  • Decrease the percentage of Garrett County high school age youth and Garrett College students that report past 30 day marijuana use.
  • Increase the perception of risk of marijuana use among high school age youth.

Drug Free Garrett County Website
Drug Free Communities Support Program
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Community Planning Groups

Community Planning Groups (CPG) are community-based groups made up of volunteers, both youth and adults, who plan and carry out drug-free activities for youth and their families. There are currently six CPGs, each of which relies on mini-grants to conduct their community activities. The mini-grant funds come from a mix of sources from grant year to grant year.

CPG Groups

If you are interested in applying for grant funds or becoming a member of an existing group please contact Sandy Miller or Brenda Sisler at the Garrett County Health Department, Health Education & Outreach, 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111.

List of Groups:

  • Accident Community Planning Group
  • Club 21550
  • Crellin Outreach Partnership
  • Deer Park Eliminators
  • Friendsville Community Watch
  • Kitzmiller Empowerment Group
Youth in Action Groups


Youth in Action Groups will conduct peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism aimed at preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, tobacco use, marijuana use, and misuse of prescription drugs.

There are currently four Youth in Action groups in Garrett County:

  • Southern High School
  • Northern High School
  • Southern Middle School
  • Northern Middle School

For more information about Youth in Action groups contact Brenda Sisler at 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111.

STEPS to Better Health Committee

The Steps to Better Health Committee has been in existence since the spring of 2003. The mission of the committee is to promote good health, prevent chronic diseases and encourage well-being in Garrett County and the surrounding region.

The primary accomplishment of the Steps Committee is coordination of the annual Garrett County Health Fair.The next Health Fair will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the CARC.

Health Fair

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