St. Mary’s City, MD – November 14, 2019 – The St. Mary’s County Health Department, in partnership with the environmental studies department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is hosting an open panel discussion on how community design and policy can improve public health and wellness.

This event will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., in the Cole Cinema, Campus Center, on the St. Mary’s College campus.

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Discussion will focus on how trails and walkable communities can be instrumental for improving public health, how policy can impact community wellness, and local action on the built environment. Panelists for this event include:

• Fred Shaffer, planning coordinator, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

• Sue Veith, urban and environmental planner, St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development

• Kwasi Bosompem, senior planner, St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management

This event is open to all St. Mary’s College students, faculty and staff, public health professionals, and community members who would like to learn more on this public health issue.