LA PLATA, Md. — The following post was recently made on social media by the La Plata Police Department to recognize the Charles County Health Officer, Dr. Dianna Abney, during Black History Month:
“The La Plata Police Department Honors Local Community Difference Makers During #BlackHistoryMonth: LPPD honors Charles County Public Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney.
Dr. Dianna E. Abney is the Health Officer for the Charles County Department of Health. Under her leadership the health department offered a wide range of public health services, and decreased disparities by increasing access to dental, behavioral health and primary care services. Dr. Abney represented the Health Officers on the Child Environmental Health and Protection Council and on the Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations, which she chairs. She is the past chair of the Healthcare Disparities committee of MedChi, the Maryland Medical Society. Dr. Abney participates in practice-based research with the Academy of Pediatrics.
Her research interests include prevention of childhood obesity, treatment and prevention of child abuse, immunizations, and decreasing healthcare disparities. She is a co-author of 4 articles in national peer reviewed pediatric journals. Dr. Abney received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a board-certified pediatrician who has practiced in Charles County for over 25 years. She is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park and an Associate Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After leaving the Health Department she joined the staff of Children’s National Medical Center as a medical director for the Pediatric Health Network, a newly formed pediatric clinically integrated network.
During Dr. Abney’s distinguished career, she opened the Western Family Medical Clinic in Nanjemoy and brought healthcare to a part of our county that did not have a doctor for over 6 years. She also pioneered the Mobile Integrated Health Team and the great work they have done in the county.
Dr. Abney worked with the Health Department’s local law enforcement partners ensuring they were properly trained to use Narcan and equipped with Narcan kits. This Narcan initiative has saved dozens of lives over the past few years in Charles County. After training law enforcement, Dr. Abney ensured Charles County residents and businesses owners interested in the Narcan initiative were trained and equipped with a Narcan kit. The Health Department’s “Welcome Wagon,” a vision of Dr. Abney’s, provides information on substance use disorder, Narcan training, on site HIV testing, personal care kits which include first aid kits, snacks, and toiletries to some of the county’s most vulnerable population.
Dr. Abney is a fixture at community events, oftentimes speaking on topics related to health and public health. During her tenure as Health Officer, she worked diligently to ensure members of the community understood the full range of services offered by the Health Department. Like all of those who will be honored in LPPD’s #BlackHistoryMonth posts, Dr. Dianna Abney continues to make a difference here in Charles County.
The men and women of the La Plata Police Salute and thank Dr. Dianna Abney for her ongoing partnership with the agency.”