Organizational Structure

The Worcester County Health Department is led by Health Officer Rebecca L. Jones. The department is divided into six programs, listed below, each with a program director.

altOur behavioral health and ambulatory care programs are fully accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent  nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health organizations and programs in the United States.

Our behavioral health and ambulatory care programs are re-evaluated and accreditation is renewed every three years. The programs have maintained accreditation for 24 years.

Information about the safety and quality of accredited behavioral health and ambulatory care organizations is available to the public at www.qualitycheck.org.

Public Health Accreditation Board: As of 2014, Worcester County Health Department has received additional accreditation, with a primary focus on the provision of top quality core public health services, under the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)


The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standardsalt against which the nation’s more than 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.

 



Below are the programs at the health department: 

altAddictions Program
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs provide Worcester County residents with different levels of treatment, at several sites, based on the individual needs of the client.  Read more...

 

altCase Management Program
The Case Management Unit offers a variety of services including assistance with obtaining entitlements, assistance with locating housing, as well as locating community resources to meet individual needs.  Each individual that qualifies for services will be assigned a Case Manager to assist with meeting their needs. Read more...
 

altCommunity Health
The Community Health Program provides a variety of services including immunizations, family planning assistance, HIV, STD and TB monitoring. The program also contains the Maryland Access Point staff. The Community Health Program is also responsible for the Emergency Preparedness functions of the Health Department and led the response to the H1N1 Flu pandemic. Read more...

alt Dental
The Worcester County Dental Center serves patients who are uninsured, underinsured or enrolled in Maryland Healthy Smiles Program AND are under 21 OR  pregnant.    The Worcester County Dental Center is located at 107 William Street in Berlin.  
Phone: 410-641-0240  Cost varies with Service.  Sliding scale based on income.


  altEnvironmental Health Program
The Environmental Health Program is responsible for licensing and inspection of food establishments, pools and spas, and body piercing establishments and piercers. They are also responsible for food borne illness outbreak investigations, rabies exposure and animal bite investigations, and health related nuisance complaint investigations. Read more...

altMental Health Program
The Mental Health Program provides mental health counseling and referral. Services include individual, group, and family counseling, in-school programs for youth, summer programs, in-home services for the chronically mental ill, and a Crisis Response Team designed to provide 24-hour-a-day response for individuals with a psychiatric or substance abuse disorder who are in crisis. Read more...

altPrevention Program
The Prevention Program promotes healthy practices by providing educational programs, trainings, screenings, and resource materials. Some sample programs include smoking cessation, nutrition counseling, the Just Walk program, blood pressure screening, cancer screening,  lunchtime fitness programs, diabetes support groups, and child safety seats. Services are available to community groups, youth groups, schools, churches, and worksites. Read more...

altPlanning Program

The Planning Program leads the Health Department's Quality Assurance initiatives, strategic planning, certification projects, and data collection and tracking. The Planning Program also contains the Core Services Agency staff. Read more...


altAdministration Program
The Administration Program provides support functions for the rest of the organization including Accounting, Billing, Facilities Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Read more...
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

 MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Worcester County Health Department is to promote health, well being, and a safe environment.

The Health Department does this by:

Assessing community needs

Developing appropriate policy to promote health and well being

Providing, or assuring the provision of needed quality health services

WCHD News

As part of Pocomoke City’s 4th Friday on Sept. 27, the Worcester County Health Department will lead a free 1-mile fun walk through the historic downtown district. Registration begins at 5 pm and the walk starts at 5:30 pm.

Click the image below to register for the walk. 

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The Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk. Movement of a quarter of a million people joined by local participants in Ocean City, MD.

Ocean City, MD − Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Worcester County are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the United States to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention. The 8th annual Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. As in years past, walkers will gather at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk, with registration beginning at 9am. After opening remarks, the procession will walk to the Inlet, turn and walk to 5th Street, then back to Caroline Street.

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Worcester Health partners with Ocean City Fire Department on “Safe Station” project
Station offers 24/7 access to recovery services

Ocean City, MD- Where would you go if you needed help with addiction right now? The Worcester County Health Department, in partnership with the Town of Ocean City Fire Department, has launched a “Safe Station” in Ocean City at the 15th Street Fire Station for those seeking immediate help getting into recovery. The station is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for any individuals seeking treatment services.

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In the event of a storm or power outage, it is important to know safety information about food storage and operating generators. Follow the links below for tips about food and generator safety.

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(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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