Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published October 21, 2011


Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), will participate in events TODAY/Friday, October 21 that help engage students in cybersecurity education and jobs, provide health and community opportunities for 50+ individuals in Howard County, and celebrate the great strides Maryland has made in expanding oral health care to children across the state. The following events are open to media coverage:

8:30AM – Opening Remarks at the Inaugural Maryland Cyber Challenge & Conference
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The inaugural Maryland Cyber Challenge & Conference (MDC3) gives teams of students and professionals the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity and develop practical skills for defending computers while competing for scholarships and prizes in a fun environment. The goal is to encourage young Marylanders to pursue education and careers in cybersecurity.

Media credentials for the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Conference may be reserved by contacting Lindsay Hebert at or 410-296-0800. To arrange interviews with the founding partners, conference speakers or with representatives from the teams competing, please contact Gina Kazimir or Lindsay Hebert at 410-296-0800.

10:00AM – Greet Attendees at the Howard County 50+ Expo
Wilde Lake High School
5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, Maryland 21044

The Howard County 50+EXPO targets adults age 50 and older, caregivers, family members and health care professionals, and will feature over 140 exhibitors, workshops, a living green fair, great food, healthy aging seminars, career and life skills workshops, and seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Admission is free.

For a complete schedule or for more information, visit the Howard County Office on Aging webpage at or contact the Office at 410-313-6410.

12:15PM – Concluding Remarks at the Inaugural Maryland Oral Health Summit
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, Terrace Ballroom
10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland 21044

A two-day event, the Maryland Oral Health Summit celebrates Maryland's many successes in oral health that have occurred since the tragic death of 12-year old Deamonte Driver in 2007, from a tooth infection that spread to his brain. Senator Cardin will receive the 2011 Legislative Oral Health Hero Award for his work to guarantee dental benefits for children.

Since 2006, Maryland increased access to care by 28 percent and increased the number of dental providers participating in the Maryland Medicaid Program by 44 percent. The Pew Center on the States, a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has also ranked Maryland as the top state in the nation for meeting the dental needs of children, based on eight key benchmarks.

According to the Children’s Health Dental Project, more than a quarter of children born each year will have cavities by the time they are toddlers, and more than half will have cavities by the time they reach second grade. Children living in poverty face additional challenges and as a result, suffer twice as much tooth decay as middle- and upper-income children.

For more information, contact Penny Anderson, Maryland Dental Action Coalition Executive Director at 410-884-8294 or email: To review the Summit Agenda or to learn more about oral health, visit