Terry Forde, interim president & CEO of Adventist HealthCare, and Kevin Young, president of Adventist Behavioral Health, joined Montgomery County Government officials, local health leaders and Healthy Montgomery community partners on April 7, 2014, to announce Montgomery County’s action plans to address behavioral health and obesity.

Kevin Young and George Leventhal

Kevin Young and George Leventhal

Launched in 2009, Healthy Montgomery’s vision is to ensure the health and well-being of every Montgomery County resident.  The release of the new action plans on behavioral health and obesity marks a call for implementing strategies that can tackle two of the most prominent health issues.

County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmember George Leventhal and County Health Officer Dr. Ulder J. Tillman, kicked off the news conference with opening remarks emphasizing the importance of active participation and collaboration between community partners and health-care providers in building an integrated system of care to improve population health.

“This approach will ensure there is ready access to the various behavioral health programs and support services offered in our county and increase communication between an individual’s primary care provider, behavioral health provider and other caregivers,” said Kevin Young of Adventist Behavioral Health, who also serves on the Healthy Montgomery Behavioral Health Work Group. “More importantly, an integrated system of care will lead to earlier identification and treatment of mental illness.”

Through its two new action plans, Healthy Montgomery calls for the expansion and enhancement of prevention programs and services that can help improve access to care, especially for vulnerable populations most at risk for poor health.

“Healthy Montgomery’s initiatives directly align with Adventist HealthCare’s commitment to addressing community needs and priorities through disease prevention and improvement of health status,” said Terry Forde of Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest health-care provider in Montgomery County. “The release of Healthy Montgomery’s Obesity and Behavioral Health Action Plans is a powerful springboard to collaborate with other health-care providers to transform the health of our community.”

Learn more about Healthy Montgomery’s action plans by visiting www.healthymontgomery.org.