Puppets educate families about MD’s secondhand smoking law


Baby in car seat

Aetna Better Health of Maryland joined the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission Head Start/Early Head Start Program and the Allegany County Public Schools Judy Center as those organizations discussed the dangers of secondhand smoke with parents of local children. The health plan attended the event and shared benefit information with participants about the Ted E. Bear, M.D. Club Smoking Cessation Program.

Held at the South Penn and Beall Elementary Schools in Cumberland, the events educated parents about changes in the state law about smoking around children and brought together various county resources, including those that can help with smoking cessation. Read more here


Aetna Better Health of Maryland provides help for the HopeFul

Volunteers by Aetna van

Recently, Aetna Better Health of Maryland employees wrapped up a very special and spirited two-week toiletry drive campaign on behalf of Love the HopeFul. Love the HopeFul (LTH), a community-based nonprofit, provides education, food, clothing and inspiration to the homeless — some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens. Founder and CEO, Cynthia Brinkley Scott, purposefully uses the term “HopeFul” when referring to the people the organization serves as a way of reinforcing the organization’s goal to provide “HOPE to those in homeless shelters and on the streets of Baltimore City.”

Read more here.


There is a free AACME program co-sponsored by Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Medicaid Pharmacy Program and Health Information Designs, LLC (HID), in conjunction with St. Agnes Hospital on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The title of the program is "HIV Management in Primary Care." The deadline for the online registration is October 20, 2018. The link for more information and online registration is

HIV Management in Primary Care


Health plan employees help an urban food desert thrive



Aetna Better Health of Maryland Volunteers

This year, Aetna Better Health of Maryland has “adopted” the Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA) Urban Oasis project. The Urban Oasis project is a 9-month, annual community gardening effort that promotes sustainability and the benefits of the local food movement, along with neighborhood beautification, in an urban food desert area of Baltimore. Through this partnership, PHCHA will be able to provide fresh vegetables to community residents generated from the 2-acres of gardening space.

Recently, Aetna Better Health of Maryland employees participated in the "Big Dig" kick-off event to turn over the soil to prepare for upcoming planting. Employees will continue to provide support throughout the gardening season, with planting, pruning, harvesting and distribution of the crops.