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October 4, 2013

DNR to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

by Martha
Keynote Speaker Maria Casasco

Keynote Speaker Maria Casasco

When: Friday, October 11, at 1 p.m.

Where: Tawes Building, Room C1, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 410-260-8058
 

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting an event featuring Maria Casasco, Community Support Grant Administrator and Hispanic/ Latino Liaison to Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. 

During the program, Casasco will share her perspectives on how Hispanic ethnicity, heritage and history impact community health, family need and environmental justice. The event will also include a reading of the Governor’s Proclamation, an open dialogue and a light lunch.

Prior to her current position, Casasco served as Addictions Prevention Coordinator and Project Director of the Hispanic Initiative for Behavioral Health for Anne Arundel County. It was there that she worked to reduce health disparities ─ including chronic disease, tobacco prevention and cancer ─ within Hispanic communities. Casasco also developed bilingual information on a variety of health, family and youth issues, and created an Assistance and Referral Program, which provides Spanish-speaking county residents access to resources within the community.

Casasco has received awards that include the 1st Community Engagement Summit Award from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in 2009, Anne Arundel Community College’s President’s Community Service Award in 2000, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the City of Annapolis Human Relations Commission in 1997.

Casasco is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds a Certification in Pharmacology of alcoholism and drug abuse. A resident of Annapolis, she also serves on numerous community boards and commissions, and is the proud Mother of three children, Chiara Marie, Kevin and Gea Noel. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is held nationally from September 15 to October 15, in recognition and honor of Hispanic Americans who have made great contributions to the United States. Hispanic American cultural traditions, history and ethos span more than 20 different nation-states, national origins, ethnicities and geographical locations. This year’s theme is Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor.

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