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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

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Behavioral Health Issues & Population Health - Maryland Public Television “Your Health” 

Monday,September 23, 2019, 7pm

One in five people suffer from behavioral health issues; two of the most common being anxiety and depression. Behavioral health issues are among the priorities for the Harford County Local Health Improvement Coalition and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. With its plans for a new medical campus in Aberdeen, UCH plans to offer a full array of critically needed inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services.

Historically, hospitals have delivered “sick” care instead of “health” care and we have trained an entire country to use the emergency room as an entry to the system. The future is really around developing “health” care, both in Maryland and across the country. Keeping our population healthy demands new services that are community-based and, as appropriate, away from hospitals and emergency rooms. Upper Chesapeake Health has developed a number of services over the last several years aimed at keeping our population healthy on both the physical medicine side of the aisle as well as the behavioral health side

On September 23rd, Dr. Richard Mathew Lewis, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Regional Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, and Rod L. Kornrumpf Regional Executive Director-Behavioral Health, will be discussing how Upper Chesapeake Health is addressing these issues.

Do you have a general question about behavioral health issues or population health? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to