March 10, 2021

County’s African American Health Program Expands COVID-19 Testing and Offers Help with Vaccine Preregistration

The Montgomery County African American Health Program (AAHP) has moved its targeted COVID-19 testing efforts indoors to partner with Black faith organizations and Black Greek letter organizations. To encourage COVID-19 testing, AAHP is providing participants with free on-site services such as vaccine preregistration, groceries, other wrap around services and a pandemic “swag” box containing masks, gloves, a digital thermometer and hand sanitizer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 testing helps slow the transmission of the disease and AAHP provides COVID-19 testing at multiple locations weekly, targeting Black residents.   

Since its efforts began in November, AAHP has tested 6,000 residents for COVID-19, with the goal of testing 15,000 African American residents by July. The tests are noninvasive and self-administered. No appointments are needed.

A short video, “Don’t Stress, Take the Test,” shares the unique AAHP COVID-19 testing experience with the help of AAHP’s community partner, Fit Fathers. The campaign also includes a celebrity public service announcement from sportscaster James Brown, host of The James Brown Show, The NFL Today on CBS Sports and Thursday Night Football on CBS Sports Network and NFL Network.

The program outreach provides participants with access to wellness services, mental health counseling, referrals to Black physicians and other resources.

For detailed information regarding the free testing locations and resources, visit