News
Below are the latest news releases from the Worcester County Health Department. For more information the media and public may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Check back for updates.


Families Join Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to Support Improvements in Mental Health Care in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (December 10, 2014) – Families of individuals with serious mental illness joined state health leaders to recommend today that the state implement three proposals to improve treatment for the severely mentally ill in Maryland.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:50
Read more...
 
Maryland is Nation's Most Improved State in 2014 America's Health Rankings PDF Print E-mail
ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 10, 2014) -- The UnitedHealth Foundation today released “America’s Health Rankings 2014,” which found that Maryland had the greatest improvement of any state this year.  Maryland improved eight spots from 24th last year to 16th in 2014.  Key areas of improvement cited in the report include increased immunization rates and reductions in rates of preventable hospitalizations, smoking, and binge drinking.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:26
Read more...
 
Child Fatalities Decrease 10 Percent from Previous Year, Down 43 Percent Since 2007 PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (December 12, 2014) –The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today released a report showing that unexpected deaths of children in Maryland decreased from 302 in 2007 to 171 in 2013, a decline of 43%.  Had the numbers of unexpected deaths remained at the 2007 level, more than 600 additional children would have died during this period.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:58
Read more...
 
New State Data Show Reduction in Cigarette Use in Maryland- However, Flavored Cigars and Smokeless Products Enticing Underage Smokers PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (December 8, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released a report today showing that tobacco use among Maryland public high school youth decreased by almost 40 percent from 2000 to 2013. This decline is largely attributable to a reduction in cigarette smoking. Underage use of smokeless tobacco increased between 2000 and 2013, while underage use of cigars did not change to a statistically significant degree.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:54
Read more...
 
DHMH Partners with Pharmacies to Stock Overdose-Reversing Naloxone PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (December 9, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced a partnership with Walgreens, CVS Health, Safeway and other pharmacies to stock Naloxone in stores across Maryland and to train their pharmacists on Naloxone administration. Naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person who has overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:05
Read more...
 
New Website Available on Quality of Care in Maryland Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (December 2, 2014) -- The Maryland Health Care Commission has announced the simultaneous launch of the Maryland Health Care Quality Reports website and the expanded Hospital Performance Guide. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:13
Read more...
 
35 U.S. hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers CDC trains and assesses Ebola hospital readiness in collaborative effort PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, MD (December 2, 2014)-- An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:17
Read more...
 
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Planned in Snow Hill PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, MD (November 6, 2014) -- Once a year, hundreds of thousands of people who have lost loved ones to suicide gather in their local communities around the world to memorialize those lost, find comfort among their peers, and affirm their dedication to reaching out with others like themselves whose mission is to end the scourge of suicide.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:03
Read more...
 
MD Board of Optometry Warns Consumers Non-Prescription Decrotive Halloween Contacts Illegal, Threat to Vision PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (October 30, 2014) -- As consumers prepare for Halloween, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland Board of Examiners in Optometry want to issue an alert, especially to teens and young adults, about the dangers of using non-prescription cosmetic contact lenses.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:01
Read more...
 
Gov. Announces Policy for Active Monitoring of All Returning Travelers from Countries Affected by Ebola PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (October 27, 2014) -- Governor O’Malley announced that starting Monday, October 27, Maryland will directly monitor the health of all returning travelers from the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, which are battling a serious Ebola outbreak. This effort will build on extensive outreach and monitoring already underway by the state and local health departments of the state.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:41
Read more...
 
White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy Praises Maryland Efforts on Overdose Prevention PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (October 29, 2014) – The White House Office charged with leading the country’s fight to reduce drug use is praising the efforts of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to combat substance use and its consequences in Maryland.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:10
Read more...
 
Maryland Health Officials, Hospitals Set Ebola Strategy PDF Print E-mail
ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 23rd, 2014) Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that Maryland health and hospital officials have agreed upon a coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Maryland to date. 
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 09:42
Read more...
 
Maryland’s First Seasonal Flu Case Reported PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (October 9, 2012) - Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with a confirmed case, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced today. The first laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been diagnosed in an adult on the Eastern Shore. The individual was hospitalized but has been released. The flu strain was A (H3). This year's influenza formation includes the A (H3N2) strain. Last season, the first confirmed case of influenza was reported on October 3, 2013.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:22
Read more...
 
DHMH Reminds Marylanders to Get Flu Shots PDF Print E-mail
 Baltimore, MD (October 1, 2014) – Influenza season has begun. Though no influenza cases have been confirmed yet in Maryland, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reminds all Maryland residents that now is the time to get vaccinated against the flu.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:26
Read more...
 
Maryland is Awarded $3.5 Million to Drive Down Chronic Disease in Communities PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 25, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announces today that Maryland was awarded a grant of $3.5 million to target diabetes and heart disease prevention activities in five communities—Baltimore City; Washington, Allegany/Garrett; Caroline/Dorchester; and Somerset/Wicomico/Worcester counties. 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:59
Read more...
 
Presence of EV-D68 Confirmed in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 24, 2014) -- Today the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Maryland. The virus, which has been associated with respiratory infections in children across the country, was identified in a specimen collected from a hospitalized child in suburban Maryland and was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.*
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:43
Read more...
 
State Recognizes National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week with Car Seat Checkup Events PDF Print E-mail
 Baltimore, MD (September 15, 2014) -- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration almost 4,000 children were killed and an estimated 613,000 were injured in traffic crashes between 2008-2012. In Maryland, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) “Injury Report Book – 2011” cites traffic crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children aged 5 -14 years old and the second leading cause of injury-related death for 0 – 4 year olds.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:22
Read more...
 
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS NIGHT AT THE SHOREBIRDS “BE A FORCE OF NATURE, BE READY.” PDF Print E-mail
Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:44
Read more...
 
NEW SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MARYLAND KINDERGARTEN AND 7TH GRADE STUDENTS PDF Print E-mail
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:28
 
Worcester County Health Department Sponsors “Life Saving” Program in Snow Hill - Reduce Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Today PDF Print E-mail
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.  
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:03
Read more...
 
West Nile Virus Surveillance Begins PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE (July 17, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun tracking West Nile virus (WNV) and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes for the 2014 season. Maryland residents should take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites in order to prevent West Nile Virus. The Department also tracks cases of imported mosquito-borne diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue viruses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:19
Read more...
 
GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ESTABLISHES OVERDOSE PREVENTION COUNCIL TO COMBAT OVERDOSES IN MARYLAND PDF Print E-mail

Martin O’Malley announced the formation of the Overdose Prevention Council to counter an increase in the number of overdose deaths in an executive order released today. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state has added drug and alcohol overdose deaths to theAdministration’s 16 strategic goals and is currently working to drive down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 15:31
Read more...
 
DHMH Announces First Heat Deaths of the Season PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 25, 2014) – The first heat-related deaths of the 2014 season have occurred, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. Both people who died were adults over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. One was a female in Harford County and the other a male in Baltimore County. Both deaths occurred during the week of June 17 to June 23.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:06
Read more...
 
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day "Maryland is Greater Than AIDS" PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 23, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) will join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Greater Than AIDS campaign, and state and local partners to observe National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2014. This year’s theme is “Maryland is Greater Than AIDS.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:26
Read more...
 
Youth Sexual Health - HIV Prevention Summit to Be Held PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 18, 2014) -The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) Infectious Disease Bureau (IDB) joins the Baltimore City Health Department, the Family League of Baltimore and The After-School Institute in sponsoring the 2014 Youth Sexual Health - HIV Prevention Summit.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:34
Read more...
 
DHMH Secretary Directs Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments to Report Suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Cases, Take Protective Measures: PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (June 17, 2014) – On June 16, 2014, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein signed a directive and order for health care providers and local health departments to report suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and follow infection prevention measures to prevent person-to-person spread.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:17
Read more...
 
FDA Proposes E-Cigs Be Regulated Like Traditional Tobacco Products PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (June 6, 2014) — The FDA recently filed a proposed rule that would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, meaning the companies making them would have to comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including the amendments from the Tobacco Control Act.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 13:39
Read more...
 
STATE YOUTH SURVEY IDENTIFIES TRENDS IN TEEN BEHAVIOR PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2014)—Maryland teens are more physically active now than in 2005, and rates of bullying and alcohol consumption have gone down in the past eight years, announced the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today. These are just some of the health trends highlighted by the 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 13:37
Read more...
 
DHMH Reminds Marylanders to Stay Safe in Hot Weather PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2014) – As temperatures in Maryland start heating up, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds Marylanders to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 14:25
Read more...
 
New Guide to Maryland Resources for Cancer Patients PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (May 30, 2014)  – Sunday, June 1, 2014 is National Cancer Survivors Day. A cancer survivor is anyone who is living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 14:01
Read more...
 
DHMH Launches New State Health Improvement Process Website on Network of Care Platform PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (May 21, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has launched the new State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) website hosted by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC on the Network of Care platform at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:04
Read more...
 
DHMH to Convene Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup - Members of the public invited to participate PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (May 20, 2014) – Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein has appointed Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin to chair the Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup created by House Bill 1510. Ms. Rebbert-Franklin is currently the Acting Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and will assume the Deputy Director position for Population-Based Behavioral Health in the new Behavioral Health Administration on July 1, 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 07:10
Read more...
 
Maryland, Get Ticked-Off for Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore (May 12, 2014) – As the spring and summer seasons approach and people and their pets begin enjoying more time outdoors, the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is at its peak. In recognition of this, Governor O’Malley has proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month. (Proclamation copy attached) The Maryland Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Agriculture (MDA) join the Governor to remind Marylanders to enjoy the outdoors, but to keep ticks off.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:22
Read more...
 
Successful Turnout for Town Hall Meeting to Address Underage Binge Drinking PDF Print E-mail

May 8, 2014, Snow Hill, Md. - Over 80 parents, youth, educators, school administrators, and representatives from prevention, behavioral health, law enforcement, non-profits, and interested community members attended the Town Hall type meeting held on Monday, May 5th at Stephen Decatur High School.  Underage binge drinking was the topic discussed and was sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department, the Worcester County Public Schools and the Stephen Decatur Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club.

Attachments:
Download this file (Town Hall Meeting- Drinking.pdf)Town Hall Meeting- Drinking.pdf[ ]588 Kb
Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 15:47
Read more...
 
Binge-Drinking Prevention is Focus of a Town Hall Meeting at Stephen Decatur High School PDF Print E-mail

The Worcester County Health Department is partnering with Stephen Decatur High School and the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club to hold an informational meeting for parents, youth, and concerned citizens to discuss the issue of underage binge-drinking and its prevention.  This is being described as a Town Hall Meeting.  Data will be reviewed; a video will be shown about hosting parties at home; resource information will be shared; and an opportunity for open discussion will be provided.  A light meal will be served.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 15:41
Read more...
 
Worcester County walks to end child abuse PDF Print E-mail

April 15, the Commissioners joined representatives of The CRICKET Center of Berlin, an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, to recognize April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month and to encourage the public to participate in two upcoming events, with proceeds to benefit the CRICKET Center, Worcester County’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC), in the fight to support children and families.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:02
Read more...
 
Worcester Health Hosts 5th Annual Public Health Conference PDF Print E-mail

Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2014 by hosting its 5th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:18
Read more...
 
Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Snow Hill, Md. – Open enrollment for qualified health plans through Maryland Health Connection ends March 31, 2014. This is the last chance for consumers to get health insurance through the state's marketplace until the next open enrollment period. Qualified health plan applications submitted by March 31, 2014 will have coverage effective May 1, 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:29
Read more...
 
Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council Seeking Nominations for Prevention Honorees PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (March 7, 2014) – The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding community contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment.  The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and Council members at  the 23nd Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception.  The reception will be held at the Worcester Career and Technology High School on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. and will celebrate the 31st year of the Council’s existence.  

Read more...
 
TAKE A DEEP BREATH- YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING! PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (March 7, 2014) – The Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers make changes that lead to tobacco-free lifestyles.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 16:08
Read more...
 
Take Time To 'Share Knowledge and Take Action' On National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (March 6, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH), and local community organizations in observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. This year’s theme is “Share Knowledge, Take Action.”

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 13:09
Read more...
 
Maryland Provides 100,000 Fluoride Varnish Applications to Children Across the State PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 27, 2014) -- Maryland officials announced today that it reached a significant milestone – 100,000 fluoride varnish applications have been applied by medical providers through Maryland’s Mouths Matters fluoride varnish program, an initiative launched in 2009 designed to prevent tooth decay in high-risk children throughout the state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:27
Read more...
 
Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program March Outreach Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (February 27, 2014) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an ongoing outreach and education campaign to reach uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. The program held public and private outreach events in February to educate communities about Maryland’s health insurance exchange and the local consumer assistance program. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
Read more...
 
Worcester County Recognizes Alcohol Licensees Which Passed Compliance in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (February 26, 2014) – The Worcester County Health Department and the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council are hosting an Alcohol Licensee Recognition Breakfast on Friday, February 28th.  This event is held to show appreciation to 103 alcohol retailers in Worcester County for complying with the law by refusing to sell alcohol to an underage cadet. These retailers will be recognized for protecting the health and safety of residents and visitors in the community by preventing underage access to alcohol.  

Read more...
 
HealthConnectNow! Enrollment Event to Be Held at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
 
Salisbury, Md. (February 20, 2014)  - HealthConnectNow! Enrollment Event to Be Held at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:49
Read more...
 
Bernard A. Simons Appointed Director of Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (February 18, 2014) - Bernard A. Simons has been hired as director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary, today announced.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:29
Read more...
 
Statewide assessment reveals oral health of Maryland school children has improved over last decade PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (February 18, 2014) — The number of Maryland children with untreated tooth
decay decreased by approximately 41 percent between 2001 and 2011, according to the results of the Oral Health Survey of Maryland School Children, 2011-2012, conducted by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Office of Oral Health. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:25
Read more...
 
DHMH TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY FEBRUARY 7TH PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African American organizations, and local public health agencies in observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) tomorrow, February 7. NBHAAD is a national community mobilization initiative to encourage African Americans to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated for HIV/AIDS. The 2014 NBHAAD theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” 

Read more...
 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Health Department Sponsors Walking Tour of the Human Heart PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (February 4, 2014) - The Worcester County Health Department invites county residents to come take a walk inside the human heart and learn how it works and how to keep it healthy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:27
Read more...
 
February is Children’s Dental Health Month PDF Print E-mail
Berlin, Md. (February 4, 2014) – February marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day and a month long focus on Children’s Dental Health. It is a perfect opportunity to use a new educational bulletin board titled “Love That Smile” downloadable from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Oral Health website, http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/oralhealth. The free bulletin board highlights proven ways to prevent tooth decay including proper brushing and flossing, oral injury prevention, nutrition, and the importance of fluoride and sealants. 

Read more...
 
DHMH Releases Report on Continuity of Care for the Seriously Mentally Ill PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 21, 2014) -- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released the report of the Continuity of Care Advisory Panel. At the direction of Governor O’Malley, the Department convened the advisory panel – which included state and national behavioral health experts, consumers and stakeholders – to make recommendations to strengthen Maryland’s public behavioral health service delivery system, improve health outcomes, and address deficiencies that lead to interruptions in care for individuals with serious mental illness.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 14:34
Read more...
 
TAXPAYER SUPPORT BOOSTS MARYLAND CANCER FUND PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2014) –This tax season, Marylanders can join the cancer fight with a quick checkmark when completing their state income tax form, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Maryland income tax form provides state residents the opportunity to donate to the Maryland Cancer Fund which in turn supports cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment programs. Donations are its only source of funding. 

Read more...
 
DHMH Warns of Potent and Deadly Drug Combination PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2014) --- Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
(OCME) reports an increase in the number of deaths linked to a potent and deadly batch of
heroin that is tainted with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, DHMH announced today.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 13:56
Read more...
 
New Report Provides Health Data and Resources for Maryland’s Black or African American Community PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2014) — The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released a new report, “Blacks or African Americans in Maryland: Health Data and Resources,” the fourth in a series to raise awareness of health conditions and provide educational resources for minority populations in the state.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 16:33
Read more...
 
Health Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers - Generator Safety Precautions Can Help Prevent Poisoning PDF Print E-mail

Snow Hill, Maryland- January 21, 2014.  The Worcester County Health Department advises the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 12:37
Read more...
 
Tri County Go Red Planning Committee Seeks Recipes for Cooking Demonstration PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (December 20, 2013) - The Tri County Go Red Planning Committee will sponsor its’ 10th Annual Tri County Go Red Event on Wednesday, February 5th from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Avery Hall Educational Center located at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  The purpose of the event is to educate women about heart disease, risk factors, and prevention.  This year’s event will feature a cooking demonstration by a registered dietitian.  

Read more...
 
Take a deep breath- you can quit smoking! PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (December 20, 2013) – With the arrival of the new year, it is a great time to make healthy lifestyle behavior changes. January is a good time for those who are still struggling with a smoking habit to treat themselves and their loved ones to a healthier future. 

Read more...
 
State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Launches for Healthcare Providers PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (December 20, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced the launch of healthcare provider access to Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The goal of the PDMP is to assist providers, public health professionals and other stakeholders in reducing the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. 

Read more...
 
The Maryland Tobacco Quitline Provides the Gift of Support Free Services Help Tobacco-users Quit for the New Year PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 18, 2013) — Quitting tobacco use is the single most important step a tobacco user can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. Quitting tobacco can be hard, so a good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal. Five steps that can help: 

Read more...
 
Statement from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board PDF Print E-mail
(BALTIMORE) December 6, 2013 -- On behalf of the Board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, board Chairman Joshua M. Sharfstein today released the following statement: 

Read more...
 
DHMH Begins Extreme Cold Weather Monitoring and Reporting; First hypothermia-related death for the season confirmed PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 4, 2013) — The first Maryland death related to hypothermia this season has been reported, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH). The death was an adult male (aged 18-65 years) in Prince George's County. No additional details will be released to protect the privacy of his family.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:14
Read more...
 
Worcester Health Encourages Flu Vaccination PDF Print E-mail
 
SNOW HILL, Md. (December 4, 2013) –In celebration of National Influenza Vaccination week that begins December 8,2013, the Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2013-2014 seasonal flu.
   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:40
Read more...
 
Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program December Outreach Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (December 3, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an extensive outreach and education campaign planned that will reach hundreds of uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in December.

Read more...
 
DHMH to Commemorate World AIDS Day's 25th Anniversary Dec. 1st PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (November 26, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) World AIDS Campaign, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in supporting the 25th anniversary observance of World AIDS Day this Sunday, December 1st.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:33
Read more...
 
Community Resource Day for the Homeless PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (November 24, 2013) – The Worcester County Homeless Committee will host a Community Resource Day for homeless people or people at risk of homelessness from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on December 4 at Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 Main Street in Berlin. 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:02
Read more...
 
The Maryland Tobacco Quitline Provides Free Medication for Residents to Support Tobacco Cessation during the Great American Smokeout® PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (November 20, 2013) — November 21, 2013, is the Great American Smokeout® – providing Maryland residents who need help quitting tobacco the perfect opportunity to make the decision to enroll in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Maryland Tobacco Quitline.
 
Read more...
 
New Times for Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (November 18, 2013) – Changes have been made to the previously published listing of November outreach events for the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 11:42
Read more...
 
State Issues New Parental Consent Form for the Use of Indoor Tanning Devices by Minors PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (November 15, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has finalized revisions to the form that tanning facilities must use to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian before a minor may use a tanning device. State law enacted in 2008 prohibits tanning facilities from allowing minors to use tanning devices without written consent from a parent or legal guardian.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 11:30
Read more...
 
DHMH Working with FDA to Trace Recalled Products Due to Listeria Contamination PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (November 8, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Maryland local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to trace and recall products potentially contaminated with the Listeria bacteria. Listeria are bacteria that can be found in dust, soil, water, sewage, and in the environment. Listeria can multiply in refrigerated food that is contaminated.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:17
Read more...
 
Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program November Outreach Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 31, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an extensive outreach and education campaign planned that will reach hundreds of uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in November.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:22
Read more...
 
Community Resource Day for the Homeless PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 31, 2013) – The Worcester County Homeless Committee will host a Community Resource Day for homeless people or people at risk of homelessness from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on November 1 at Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City.
   
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:06
Read more...
 
WORCESTER COUNTY REPORTS FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF RABIES IN FAMILY PET FOR 2013 PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL (Oct. 28, 2013) - Worcester County Health Department confirms that a dog from the Snow Hill area has been laboratory confirmed positive for rabies.  The dog, a family pet, had a fight with a raccoon several weeks ago, prior to the development of symptoms of rabies last week.   Once rabies symptoms developed in the dog, the owner notified Worcester County Animal Control.  Based on those symptoms and the reported exposure to a raccoon, the Health Department was contacted and the dog was euthanized and sent for rabies testing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Rabies Laboratory.  The positive results were received late Friday.  A number of individuals, mostly family, were exposed to the rabid dog and appropriate medical assessments were initiated on Friday for those exposed and post exposure rabies treatment started.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:01
Read more...
 
CHRC RELEASES FY 2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS; PUBLIC INFORMATION CALL SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT 10 AM PDF Print E-mail
Annapolis (October 24, 2014) - The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) today issued its annual Call for Proposals to solicit grant proposals to increase access to health care, address health disparities, and help reduce hospital admissions and readmissions. The Commission will award a total of $2.85 million this year.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 11:01
Read more...
 
You Can Become a Non-Smoker PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 23, 2013) - November 21 is National Great American Smokeout Day.  For individuals thinking about quitting smoking, this may be the best day to do it.   The Great American Smokeout may offer just the support you need by knowing that other smokers are also giving up cigarettes for the day. 
   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:34
Read more...
 
MARYLAND MEDICAID LAUNCHES NEW TELEMEDICINE PROGRAMS PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (October 22, 2013)— The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program will now reimburse approved health care providers for services delivered via telemedicine.

Read more...
 
The Maryland Health Connection Tour Bus Visits the Lower Eastern Shore PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 21, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is partnering with Maryland Health Connection to host mobile education and enrollment sessions in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties October 24-26.
    
Read more...
 
Worcester County Holds Operation Medicine Drop PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 18, 2013) – Operation Medicine Drop, a one-day drug take back effort, has been slated for Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Worcester County residents are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused, or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications to several locations throughout the county. 
   
Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:03
Read more...
 
First Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day Planned For Worcester County PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 16, 2013)  Since 1999, those who have lost loved ones to suicide have gathered the weekend before Thanksgiving to find comfort from others who share the same tragedy.  On Saturday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Snow Hill branch of the Worcester County Public Library (307 North Washington Street), the first annual International Survivors of Suicide Day has been scheduled.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:15
Read more...
 
WORCESTER SCHEDULES FLU VACCINATION CLINICS PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, Md. (October 8, 2013) – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2013-2014 seasonal flu. Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with the first laboratory-confirmed case identified in a child from the National Capital Region who was briefly hospitalized and is now recovering, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:26
Read more...
 
STATE HOSTS MINORITY HEALTH EQUITY SUMMIT ON FRIDAY PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (Oct. 11, 2013) — The tenth annual Maryland Health Disparities Conference will be held Friday, October 11, on the Eastern Shore and features speakers from MDs General Assembly and state health partners.

Read more...
 
The Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Berlin Parks Commission Partner to Promote Just Walk Berlin PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 7, 2013) – Fall in to fitness this November and participate in the 2nd Annual Just Walk Berlin event to be held on Saturday, November 9 (rain date: November 16) at Stephen Decatur Park, Rt. 113 and Tripoli Street, Berlin.
   
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 15:27
Read more...
 
MARYLAND WIC IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, Md. (October 4, 2013) -- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today reminded Marylanders that, despite the federal government shutdown, the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is continuing operations. All Maryland WIC clinics are open for business, and all authorized Maryland WIC vendors are accepting and honoring WIC checks.

Read more...
 
FIRST MARYLAND INFLUENZA CASE OF 2013-14 SEASON CONFIRMED PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (October 3, 2013) - Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with the first laboratory-confirmed case identified in a child from the National Capital Region who was briefly hospitalized and is now recovering, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. The flu strain detected was type A (H1N1) influenza. Last season, the first case of influenza was reported on October 19, 2012.

Read more...
 
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Update PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md.  (October 1, 2013) - The State of Maryland is committed to serving the 100,000 families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for as long as possible during the government shutdown. All Maryland WIC operations are open for business. All authorized Maryland WIC vendors are accepting and honoring Maryland WIC checks.
 
 
Out of the Darkness Community Suicide Awareness Walk raises more than $35,000 PDF Print E-mail
Ocean City, Md. (October 1, 2013) – The second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Ocean City has raised more than $35,000 doubling the amount raised at last year’s walk.

Read more...
 
The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Announces Outreach Events for the Month of October PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 1, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is happy to announce the launch of their strategic outreach and public awareness for the month of October, with the purpose of educating residents of the tri-county area about health insurance options offered via Maryland Health Connection.

Read more...
 
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Posts Revised Proposal for Modernization of Maryland’s All-Payer Hospital System for Comment PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 27, 2013)—Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and John M. Colmers, Chair of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, today posted for public comment a revised proposal for modernization of Maryland’s unique all-payer hospital system.

Read more...
 
MHCC Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Improve Insurance Rate Reviews PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 26, 2013)- The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has been awarded a nearly $2.9 million grant to enhance Maryland’s All Payer Claims Database (APCD), which contains health insurance claim information from private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid. MHCC will develop new systems to more quickly collect claim information and, working with the Maryland Insurance Administration, will develop tools that allow the Insurance Administration to better assess whether proposed premium increases are justified.

Read more...
 
DHMH Tests Public Health Emergency Plans in Statewide Exercise PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (September 26, 2013) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Preparedness and Response this week held a large-scale statewide Strategic National Stockpile Distribution Exercise to evaluate preparedness for potential public health emergencies. DHMH sponsors and participates in a variety of drills and exercises throughout the year in order to test various emergency response measures.

Read more...
 
Maryland Recognizes “World Rabies Day” PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 26, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) on September 28, 2013, will join partners in Maryland and around the world to recognize the seventh annual World Rabies Day, a worldwide event to raise awareness about the impact of rabies in humans and animals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:59
Read more...
 
Lower Shore Call Center for Health Insurance Assistance PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 25, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has launched a public hotline, 855-445-5540, to help residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties apply for affordable health insurance options offered though the state health insurance exchange, Maryland Health Connection.

Read more...
 
WORCESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AWARDED BOTH AMBULATORY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 25, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has earned prestigious Joint Commission accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in both ambulatory and behavioral health care. Achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission is a team effort that brings confidence to patients and provides a framework for the best care possible.
Read more...
 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Out of Darkness – Suicide Awareness Walk PDF Print E-mail
 
Ocean City, Md. (September 25, 2013) – The public and media are invited to participate in the second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to promote awareness about suicide prevention. 
Read more...
 
Maryland Health Care Commission releases 2013 report measuring quality and performance among commercial health benefit plans in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 23, 2013) The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has released its 2013 Health Benefit Plan Quality and Performance Report: Measuring the Quality and Performance of Maryland’s Commercial Health Benefit Plans which presents quality and performance information on individual and authorized combinations of health maintenance organization (HMO) plans, point of service (POS) plans, preferred provider organization (PPO) plans, and exclusive provider organization (EPO) plans operating in Maryland. This report will also be available to consumers through a link on Maryland Health Connection.
Read more...
 
NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY IS SEPTEMBER 27TH PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, Maryland (September 23, 2013) - On September 27, 2013 the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), will join the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Greater than AIDS” Campaign, and state and local partners to observe National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). This years’ observance will include holding a community forum at the Enoch Pratt Central Library and providing free HIV testing at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Read more...
 
WORCESTER COUNTY SCHEDULES TWO 2013 FALL RABIES CLINICS PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, Md. (September 23, 2013) – Pet owners, mark your calendars and take advantage of the inexpensive rabies vaccination clinics offered this fall by the Worcester County Health Department and Animal Control.  These low cost rabies clinics are offered in order to assist residents in protecting their pets from this deadly disease, as required by law. 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 12:31
Read more...
 
Informal Comments Requested on Draft Proposed Regulations for Naloxone Overdose Response Program PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2013) -- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
announces that draft proposed regulations to implement an Overdose Response Program (ORP)
are posted for public comment. These regulations, authorized under legislation passed in May
2013, allow trained individuals to administer naloxone to reverse opioid-related overdose when
medical services are not immediately available.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 12:29
Read more...
 
Comments Requested on the Marcellus Shale Project PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 18, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announces two public meetings to receive public input regarding the study of potential public health impacts associated with the possible development of the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland. DHMH is overseeing the study, which will be performed by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health.
Read more...
 
Worcester County Health Department sponsors FREE “Life Saving” Program PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (September 16, 2013) – Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with a free 16-week program offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., beginning October 7, 2013 at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 409 Oxford Street in Pocomoke City.   
   
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 15:37
Read more...
 
State Receives $6.4 M in Federal Funding to Expand Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Services PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced today that the DHMH Office of Family Planning and Home Visiting has been awarded a two year $6.4 million “Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) Expansion” grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The aim of the grant is to expand the availability of home visiting programs to improve outcomes and reduce health and developmental disparities for at risk expectant families and families with young children. Maryland is one of 13 states to receive this competitive award which is renewable for another year. For the last three years, Maryland has also received an annual MIECHV formula grant of $1.3 million.

Read more...
 
Governor Martin O'Malley Announces Appointments to Maryland's Medical Marijuana Commission PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 12, 2013) - Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed eleven members to the Medical Marijuana Commission as designated by HB 1101. The legislation, passed during the recent General Assembly session, creates a Commission that has the authority to permit academic research centers to design and implement programs that make marijuana available for medical purposes to defined groups of patients.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:26
Read more...
 
Worcester County Sees Increase in Calls Regarding Bats in Homes PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 12, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has received an increase in calls related to bats in homes over the past few weeks.  This is the time of year that bats may be leaving the colony location and can occasionally be found on the outside of homes or buildings or in unsecured openings in homes.  
Read more...
 
Take a Deep Breath – You Can Quit Smoking! PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 11, 2013) - The Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers establish new behavior patterns that can lead to a tobacco free lifestyle and are encouraging smokers to join one of the FREE “Motivation to Quit” smoking cessation group classes.  Classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. on October 1 at the Berlin Health Center and on October 3 at the Pocomoke Health Center.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:01
Read more...
 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 3

WCHD News

Baltimore, MD (December 12, 2014) –The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today released a report showing that unexpected deaths of children in Maryland decreased from 302 in 2007 to 171 in 2013, a decline of 43%.  Had the numbers of unexpected deaths remained at the 2007 level, more than 600 additional children would have died during this period.

Read more...
 
ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 10, 2014) -- The UnitedHealth Foundation today released “America’s Health Rankings 2014,” which found that Maryland had the greatest improvement of any state this year.  Maryland improved eight spots from 24th last year to 16th in 2014.  Key areas of improvement cited in the report include increased immunization rates and reductions in rates of preventable hospitalizations, smoking, and binge drinking.
Read more...
 
 
Baltimore, MD (December 10, 2014) – Families of individuals with serious mental illness joined state health leaders to recommend today that the state implement three proposals to improve treatment for the severely mentally ill in Maryland.
Read more...
 


           CLICK HERE

Web Mastering by
 www.WheatleyComputers.com