Maryland State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness

New Health and Wellness Council

​On April 11, 2017, Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 38 into law, establishing the new State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness.
The new Council takes effect October 1, 2017. Its duties include providing guidance on Statewide chronic disease prevention and control and the promotion of evidence-based programs for healthy lifestyles and the prevention, early detection and treatment of chronic disease.


The Council will consist of 34 voting members appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health (MDH). Initial members will be appointed to staggered terms not to exceed four years. Subsequent terms will be four years in length. Each member will also serve on at least one of the Council’s Committees: Arthritis, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Physical Fitness.
Sixteen member organizations will be represented: 
  • Department of Health
  • State Department of Education
  • Department of Aging
  • Department of Disabilities
  • Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Maryland Association of County Health Officers
  • American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
  • Arthritis Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • American Diabetes Association, Maryland Chapter
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society
  • University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Maryland Nurses Association
  • Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
The Council will include 18 members from the general public as outlined below:
  • Individuals with a chronic disease or family members of an individual with a chronic disease
  • Licensed healthcare providers
  • Individuals with a physical fitness background
  • Employers or representatives of the business sector
  • Representatives of health insurers
  • Representatives of community-based organizations
  • Individuals with expressed interest in health and wellness


The Council will meet at least twice annually. Committees will convene at least four times annually. The first Council meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2017. Reasonable accommodations will be made for any attendee with a disability who provides advance notice.


Contact Christine Boyd at or 410-767-8827