We are Committed To A Healthy County. The Health Department is committed to the health and well being of Worcester County. A staff of health care professionals provides quality services including mental health, alcohol and other drugs, maternal child health, family planning, personal health, adult health, environmental health, communicable disease, developmental disabilities, and prevention programs. These services are designed to promote health, prevent illness, and to improve a citizen's ability to lead a productive life. Some services are available every day of the week, while others are offered less frequently. To obtain health department services, it is suggested you call for an appointment. Services are available without regard to the consumer's race, color, creed, sex, or national origin. A sliding fee scale is used to determine cost of services. No one is denied services due to inability to pay. It's your Health Department, so take advantage of the friendly and concerned staff by visiting or calling the closest clinic to your home.
What is the mission of the WCHD?
The mission of the Worcester County Health Department is to promote health, well being, and a safe environment. Worcester Health 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
I have some payment and health insurance concerns, where do I...?
For most permits you must contact the Worcester County Government Offices at 410-632-1200, more information can be found on the Worcester County webpage. For restaurant inspections and food establishment licenses, please contact our Office of Environmental Health at 410-352-3234.
H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Related Questions
How can I get information to distribute to my workforce?
Contact Kelly Wenzel at 410-632-1100, x 1133, to get materials or to schedule a presentation.
My child missed the clinic at his school. How do I get him vaccinated?
You need to call the appointment line to schedule the vaccine.
When will my child get their 2nd dose of the H1N1 vaccine at school?
Call the Health Department to get the most recent dates for the H1N1 2nd dose School Clinics (times not yet finalized).
How much vaccine do you have?
We have vaccine on hand for all scheduled flu clinics.
When will I get a second dose for my child?
The second dose should be given 4 weeks or more after the first dose.
Who needs a second dose of the H1N1 vaccine?
Children under 10 years old need to receive 2 doses in order to be fully immunized. Doses should be given 4 weeks or more apart.
How do I schedule my child's 2nd H1N1 dose if he got the 1st at WCHD?
Please call the week that your child is due for the 2nd dose (4 weeks later) and and ask if vaccine is available. If it is, staff will schedule an appointment for him. If it is not, please check with your child's pediatrician to see if they have vaccine in stock. Check back with us the next week if the Dr. does not have it either.
Can I receive the H1N1 Vaccine and the Seasonal Flu
Yes, if supplies are available. The inactive, injectable shots can be given at the same time at different administration spots (ex: 1 in right arm, other in left arm). Only one dose of the nasal spray can be given at a time (either seasonal or H1N1) as it is a weak live vaccine, however you can receive the shot and nasal dosage at the same time (ex: H1N1 shot & Seasonal FluMist or H1N1 FluMist and Seasonal shot).
How do I find out about WCHD Seasonal Flu Clinics?
You can make an appointment for the seasonal flu vaccination by calling (410) 362-1100 ext. 9 or for more information visit our original web site at www.worcesterhealth.org
Communicable Disease Services
If I think I have been exposed to an STD, how do I get tested? And how much does it cost?
You could call any of the three clinical sites and ask to speak to the Nurse of the Day. The nurse will take your history, schedule an appointment for testing at the health department and arrange for a physical exam and treatment. There is no cost for STD testing and treatment. Alternately, if you do not want to come into the health department, the nurse can provide you with information about a free home testing program available through Johns Hopkins.
I think I got sick from food that I ate at a restaurant, who do I call?
Our communicable disease program works closely with our environmental health program which is responsible for restaurant inspections and food safety. You would call communicable disease at 410-632-1100 and a nurse will take the information about your illness and your food history. This information, along with the name and location of the restaurant, will be forwarded to environmental health so that they can perform an inspection of the restaurant and assure that proper food handling procedures are being followed.
I am planning on traveling out of the country in two months, what should I do to assure I have all the recommended vaccines for that country?
Contact the communicable disease program at 410-632-1100. A nurse will take your travel itinerary and research the CDC recommendations for that area. Please allow at least four weeks prior to your departure date to complete any recommended vaccinations and assure that you have had adequate time to respond to the vaccines.
I have my own insurance so can I use that to pay for treatment?
The Worcester County Health Department accepts most insurance plans and will be happy to contact your insurance provider to determine the extent of your eligibility for substance abuse treatment. Many plans require a co-pay which you will be responsible for. We will let you know all of the details when you complete your assessment.
I am unemployed right now and really don’t know how much I can afford to spend on treatment?
The Worcester County Health Department offers a sliding fee scale to all clients based on their income. We ask you to prove your income level upon admission but will work with you so that you can participate. We also have information on publicly-funded insurance programs that you might qualify for to take care of your fees and will give you this information during your assessment.
If I come into your program how much time will I spend going to groups or other requirements?
When you first come in you will participate in a complete assessment of your background with a certified counselor. Based on the information you give we will help you decide on a course of treatment that best suits your needs. Generally, the more intense your alcohol or drug use the more intense will be the number of groups and individual sessions you will participate in.
If I feel I have an substance abuse or gambling problem, or someone in my family does, who should I call to seek help?
You may call any office of the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 for behavioral health intake and assessment. We will be happy to connect you with a counselor.
Can I do community service with you?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis or as a volunteer if you are over 16 years old, unless you are remanded by court in which case you cannot.
Can I get college field placement - will you pay me?
Often staff will take on students in Addictions, Social Work, Nursing, Public Health and Graphic Design as volunteers for internship or summer work experience. There is no pay at this time.
Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS)
Who can make a referral?
Referrals are accepted from any concerned individual by phone, fax, mail, e-mail, or in person.
What does the comprehensive evaluation consist of?
It consists of a medical/nursing, environmental, financial and psychosocial assessment.
How does AERS assist?
AERS (nurse and/or social worker) provides a comprehensive evaluation in the home or another. Upon completion of the evaluation, a plan of care is developed which recommends services needed to help the individual remain at home or the least restrictive environment. Every effort is made to obtain appropriate services to address the needs of each individual evaluated.
What does AERS stand for?
Adult Evaluation and Review Services.
Emergency Preparedness Program
How does a private or public business or service become prepared?
Assess and acknowledge possible hazards and threats. Activate a coordinated strategy for sustainability, recovery, and return to normalcy. Determine resource priority needs. Make a plan. Plan(s) should include; workforce sustainability strategies, cross-training of staff, protective measures, medical screening, utilization of volunteers. Examine pre-arranged methods of emergency communication, support for employees, their families and the community.
What is Continuity of Operations?
Continuity Of Operations Planning [COOP] is intended to ensure the performance of essential functions across a wide range of all-hazard possibilities that may confront an organization, agency or business through the course of normal operations. The objective of COOP is to provide a basis by which the necessary viable capabilities exist to continue essential functions in the wake of potential emergency situations. Of particular importance is the real or perceived threat to the primary facility of operations.
Key elements include: Continuous performance of essential functions, Protection of life, Protection of facilities / equipment / records, Reduction and Mitigation of disruption to normal operations, Succession of Office, Reduction of damage and losses, Relocation designation, Recovery strategizing, Resumption of full service.
How can we support our staff and their families so that we can continue business during a public health emergency?
Identify a Plan Coordinator. Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation. Identify critical; resources, functions, inputs & outputs. Share your Plan. Clearly communicate expectations. Establish an emergency communications plan. Exercise your plan. Look for glitches. Strategize to overcome obstacles.
Environmental Health Program
How do I report an animal bite?
To report an animal bite, please call our office at 410-641-9559 during regular office hours. After hours, weekends, and holidays, please call your local law enforcement agency or dial 410-632-1311 for further assistance. If your animal has been attacked by a wild animal, please do not touch your pet with bare hands; wear a barrier, such as gloves or plastic bags, to protect yourself from indirect exposure. Go to our Environmental Health page for more Rabies Exposure and Animal Bite Information.
Where can I get your application forms and how do I know which ones to get?
Please click on the PDFs of our applications forms here: Applications and Forms. Or call our office at 410-641-9559 for questions.
How do I file a complaint?
Please call our office at 410-641-9559 if you have any complaints or concerns, as we are unable to follow up on email complaints.
Hospital and Nursing Facility Outreach Program
How can I be referred for this program?
You must be admitted to the local hospital or nursing facility and ask to speak with the Hospital and Nursing Facility Outreach Program nurse.
Are there certain criteria for this program?
There are criteria that an individual must meet for this program. They must be at risk for nursing home placement, meet financial criteria and functional criteria.
How does the Hospital and Nursing Facility Outreach Program help?
The Hospital and Nursing Facility Outreach Program can assist by having a nurse provide comprehensive evaluation on the individual that is admitted to the local hospital or local nursing facility. Upon completion of the evaluation, a plan of care is developed which recommends services needed to help the individual safely return home or in the least restrictive environment. Every effort is made to obtain appropriate services to address the needs of the individual evaluated.
Maryland Access Point Program (MAP)
Where is your office located?
Our office is located in the Charles and Martha Fulton Senior Center, 4767 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill.
What population does Maryland Access Point serve?
Adults and individuals with disabilities.
What agencies are involved with Maryland Access Point?
Worcester County Department of Social Services (DSS), Worcester County Health Department and Worcester
County Commission on Aging.
Medical Assistance Personal Care Program
What criteria need to be met to apply for services?
The individual must be a Medicaid recipient who has a chronic illness, medical condition or disability and have the need for
personal care services.
How are individuals assessed for the program?
The Health Department nurse case monitor performs an assessment of the personal care needs.
What types of services are provided by this program?
Services include assistance with the following activities of daily living: Bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, mobility and meal preparation. Services for individuals who need help with activities of daily living may also receive help with: Household services related to medical needs, food shopping, escort services to a medical appointment and personal hygiene.
Mental Health Program
How do I make an appointment?
Current clients need only to call the Health Department office in Snow Hill or Berlin and to make an appointment. For new clients, call the Snow Hill at 410-632-1100 and ask to schedule a Mental Health Intake.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
The following items could be helpful, but don’t worry if you don’t have them.
Proof of income
List of medications
Do you accept insurance?
The Health Department accepts Medical Assistance, Medicare, Primary Adult Care and many private insurances. Please check with your insurance provider to determine if we are “in network”. If your insurance deems the Health Department as “out-of-network”, we will provide you a list of other options.
I don’t have insurance, can I get services?
Absolutely, the Health Department will work with you to determine if you are eligible for entitlement programs.
I need some data on county health...
Contact the Planning unit at 410-632-1100 x 1230 or see if the data is available on our website.
Reproductive Health Services
How much does it cost?
We accept insurance, but if you are uninsured, cost is based on a sliding scale. Be sure to bring with you proof of income (last two paycheck stubs). There is no charge for services for teens. Services are not denied based on inability to pay.
If I am a teen, do I need my parent’s permission for services?
Due to Federal law, teens can receive confidential reproductive health services without parental permission. We do encourage teens to involve their parent/guardian in their health care choices.
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the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m.
Representatives from local health departments, emergency management agencies, and
volunteer organizations will host exhibit booths promoting emergency preparedness
before and during the baseball game.
Come out to the ballpark to support the Shorebirds and learn how you can be better
prepared for life’s curve balls.
The event is co-sponsored by the health departments and emergency management offices
of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Ocean City and the Maryland
and Delaware Offices of Emergency Management.
Snow Hill, Maryland- August 1, 2014. Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill. The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Baltimore, MD (August 11, 2014) --State and local officials have been working since last year to prepare Maryland parents and schools for new school immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade this fall. All kindergartners must have had two chickenpox (varicella) vaccinations. All 7th graders must receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) and dose of meningitis vaccines. School officials and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are urging parents to make sure their child is appropriately immunized against these diseases prior to the start of school. Children may be excluded from school if they do not have these vaccinations.
“We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements," said Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary for DHMH Public Health Services. "We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.”
Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest triumphs. With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy-- not even the creation of antibiotics--has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease. Despite the availability of safe and effective immunizations, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases occur in the United States every year. Consider the following facts about varicella, pertussis and meningitis:
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be spread before a person knows they have the disease.
Chickenpox can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and brain damage.
One out of five people who get meningococcal meningitis experience serious complications, such as the loss of limb(s), permanent hearing loss, or mental impairment.
In recent years, adolescents (11-18 yrs) and adults (19 yrs and older) have accounted for an increasing proportion of pertussis cases.
Infants who are at highest risk for complications and death due to pertussis are often infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
In preparation for the new requirements, local health departments are holding special back-to-school clinics throughout the state. Parents should call their doctor or local health department to learn if their child needs any of the school-required vaccinations and make arrangements to receive the missing vaccines so their child will not be excluded from school.