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Building Bridges to Better Health


Bridges is an outreach program of Frederick Regional Health System that builds collaborative partnerships with Frederick County’s faith-based, cultural, social, senior, and service organizations. The goal is to provide these groups with current Information on health, safety, smart decision making, and the responsible use of health resources using the services of volunteers called Lay Health Educators.

So far, 42 people from a broad cross section of Frederick’s multifaceted community have been trained as Lay Health Educators, including volunteers from the Hispanic, African American and African, Asian Indian, Muslim, and Deaf communities. These health advocates are now serving Frederick County’s neediest people to improve their access to care, reduce visits to the Emergency Department, and provide important information on Advanced Directives, stroke identification, heart health, and breast cancer.

The fourth class of Lay Health Educators begins on September 8, and is already starting to fill. If you are interested in bringing the Bridges program to your community, or in joining this vital group of health educators, please contact Program Coordinator Sue Eyler at or Director Janet Harding at

To learn more about the Bridges Program, click here.