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Medicaid, HealthChoice MCOs Take Steps to Prevent Opioid-Related Problems PDF Print E-mail
Medicaid, HealthChoice MCOs take steps to prevent opioid-related problems. Response follows treatment reimbursement boost in program’s renewed waiver.

Baltimore, MD (February 8, 2017) – In keeping with the Hogan administration’s leadership in fighting the opioid crisis in Maryland, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing policies reforming the opioid-prescribing process in the Medicaid program, to seek to block the prescription pathway to substance use disorders.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:37
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Maryland Urges Testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day PDF Print E-mail
Maryland urges testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. State utilizing 5-year plan for prevention, care services; builds on collaborations.
 
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2017) – Tuesday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration is encouraging all Marylanders to support HIV education, prevention, testing and care.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 16:45
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Maryland Health Department, Zach Orr Team Up Against Opioid Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Md. health dept., ex-Raven Orr ‘team up’ for public service videos on opioids. Marylanders can find treatment resources at MdDestinationRecovery.org.
 
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2017) – As part of the Hogan administration’s continued efforts to save lives and promote recovery amid the opioid crisis, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration has released a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to be shown on TV and in movie theaters.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 16:43
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Maryland Health Care Commission Awards Fifth Round of Telehealth Grants PDF Print E-mail
Maryland Health Care Commission awards fifth round of telehealth grants. Funding will demonstrate telehealth impact on care delivery in rural communities.
 
Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2017) – Maryland Health Care Commission announced today a $75,000 grant to the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health as part of a telehealth project launched this month. The program will demonstrate the impact telehealth has on increasing access to health care and on improving population health in rural communities of the Eastern Shore.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:18
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Go Red for Women this February PDF Print E-mail
Lower Eastern Shore to Host Go Red Event this February
 
Snow Hill, Md.- The Tri-County region will “Go Red” for women’s heart health with a free kick-off event 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 at the Worcester Technical High School, 6290 Worcester Hwy in Newark.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:00
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Quitline Provides Free Services to Help Marylanders Quit Tobacco PDF Print E-mail
Quitline provides free services to help Marylanders quit tobacco. Resources, plans are great tools to help people kick their habits in 2017.

Baltimore, MD (January 3, 2017) — 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. According to the American Lung Association, within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, a smoker's body begins a series of changes. The longer a person goes without using tobacco, the larger the benefit to his or her health. The start of a new year provides an opportunity for Marylanders to formalize a plan for kicking their tobacco habits and to start enjoying the benefits of healthier lives.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:06
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2016 Maryland Third-Quarter Overdose Death Data Report Released PDF Print E-mail
2016 Maryland third-quarter overdose death data report released. Heroin use and synthetic additives remain largest culprit in overdose deaths.
 
Baltimore, MD (December 29, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the third-quarter 2016 data report of fatal overdoses. According to preliminary data, from January to September, Maryland saw 1,468 deaths related to overdose. The report is posted at https://goo.gl/oNlvlz
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:05
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Federal Government Signs off on Maryland Medicaid's Waiver Renewal PDF Print E-mail
Federal government signs off on Maryland Medicaid’s waiver renewal. Efforts to expand substance-use treatment options, eligibility win approval.
 
Annapolis, MD (December 27, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene announced today that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the state’s Medicaid Waiver renewal for its HealthChoice program. For the first time, the state was able to negotiate a five-year agreement with the federal government and will employ federal dollars through initiatives that will more closely align the program with the administration’s priorities to implement cost-effective strategies that improve access to health care and health for individuals with complex conditions and needs.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:50
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Maryland Health Care Commission Awards First mHealth Grant PDF Print E-mail
Maryland Health Care Commission awards first mHealth grant. Tech effort to use mobile health to increase patient engagement secures $100,000.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (December 22, 2016) – The Maryland Health Care Commission announced the award of a mobile health (mHealth) grant, totaling $100,000, to demonstrate the impact of using mHealth in care delivery to increase patient engagement in their health care and improve health outcomes.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 13:00
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Maryland Reports First Cold Weather-Related Death of the Season PDF Print E-mail
Maryland reports 1st cold weather-related death of the season, repeats tips.
 
Baltimore, MD (December 21, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing the first Maryland death related to hypothermia this season, based on data from its Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The death involved an adult female in Baltimore City and occurred last week. No additional details will be released, to protect health privacy. There were 20 hypothermia-related deaths in Maryland during the 2015-2016 winter season. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 12:59
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Practice Preparation, Caution as Temperatures Hit Extreme Cold PDF Print E-mail
Practice preparation, caution as temperatures hit extreme cold. Find fact sheets, emergency plan on state health website.
 
Baltimore, MD (December 14, 2016) – The National Weather Service is calling for bitter cold winds across Maryland beginning tonight, with a potential for wintry precipitation Saturday and Sunday. A wind chill advisory, issued when wind chill temperatures are forecast to range from -5ºF to -20ºF, has been issued for Garrett County beginning 2 a.m. Thursday. While other areas of the state are not currently included in this advisory, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is cautioning residents to guard against frostbite, hypothermia and other related issues.
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Maryland Health Departments Ready to Assist Residents with Naloxone Device Recall PDF Print E-mail
Md. health departments ready to assist residents with naloxone device recall. Atomizer manufacturer finds specific lot numbers can provide insufficient dosages.
 
Baltimore, MD (November 18, 2016) – In response to Teleflex Medical Inc.’s medical device recall for specific lots of MAD Nasal Intranasal Mucosal Atomizer Device, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene urges Marylanders who have received a naloxone kit to check their atomizer for recalled lot numbers.  
Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 15:15
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Report on Tobacco Use Highlights Successes and Challenges PDF Print E-mail
Health Dept. report on smoking, tobacco use highlights successes, challenges. 60% fewer minors light up, but 20 Marylanders still die daily from related diseases.
 
Baltimore, MD (November 7, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released a report that provides an overview of “Monitoring Changing Tobacco Use Behaviors: 2000-2014.” The report details the progress Maryland has made in reducing tobacco use, as well as highlights the challenges that remain. 
Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 14:02
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Developmental Disabilities Administration Hailed as National Leader for Work Effort PDF Print E-mail
Developmental Disabilities Admin. hailed as national leader for work effort. Univ. of Mass. praises program as top performer in employment of disabled.
 
Baltimore, MD (October 13, 2016) – The University of Massachusetts Boston has recognized the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (Developmental Disabilities) top marks as the national leader in employment outcomes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 
Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2016 08:26
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Maryland Sees First Confirmed Case of Seasonal Flu, Urges Vaccination PDF Print E-mail
Maryland sees 1st confirmed case of seasonal flu, urges residents to get shots. Department Secretary, Deputy Secretary get vaccinated in Charles County.

Baltimore, MD (October 7, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing the arrival of seasonal influenza, with the first confirmed case of the 2016-2017 influenza season. The first laboratory-confirmed case of the flu has been diagnosed in an adult in the National Capitol Region. With an extended weekend in store for many Marylanders, now is a good time to get a flu shot.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 14:25
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Maryland Nets CDC Grant for Pilot Using Dentists to Screen Patients for Hypertension PDF Print E-mail
Md. nets CDC grant for pilot using dentists to screen patients for hypertension. $500,000 grant to facilitate health checks for patients who lack primary care physicians.
 
Baltimore, MD (October 3, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been selected as a recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is funding $3 million in grants during the next two years to six state health departments to strengthen intra-department collaboration between their chronic disease and oral health programs.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2016 14:53
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Avoid Flooded Roads and Heed Roadway Warning Signs and Barrels PDF Print E-mail
Avoid Flooded Roads and Heed Roadway Warning Signs and Barrels.
 
 
Friday, September 30, 2016 - Prolonged periods of heavy rainfall have caused flooding on numerous county roads in Worcester, particularly those that cross the Pocomoke River.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2016 13:02
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Rabid Bat Population Increases in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Rabid bat population increases in Maryland. 10th annual World Rabies Day promotes prevention of potentially fatal disease.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 28, 2016) – For the second consecutive year, Maryland is experiencing an increase in the number of rabid bats. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is promoting the World Rabies Day theme of “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” to increase awareness about the world’s most fatal disease and how to prevent it.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:27
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2016 Maryland Overdose Deaths Continue Grim Trend PDF Print E-mail
2016 Maryland overdose deaths continue grim trend; 920 have died so far. Health Secretary Mitchell repeats warning about fentanyl in new PSA.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the second-quarter 2016 data report of fatal overdoses. From January to June, Maryland saw 920 deaths related to overdose, 319 more than this point last year. The report is posted at https://goo.gl/oNlvlz.   
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:26
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Health Announces Suicide Prevention App PDF Print E-mail
Health announces suicide prevention app, including self-reporting app. State hosting ‘There Is Hope’ event at department headquarters Sept. 6 

Baltimore, MD (September 2, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene joins the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week, September 4-10 and will host a “There Is Hope” Suicide Prevention Week event Sept. 6 in Baltimore.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 15:09
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First Maryland Case of West Nile Virus in 2016 Confirmed PDF Print E-mail
First Maryland case of West Nile Virus in 2016 is confirmed. Residents urged to take basic steps to reduce risk from mosquito-borne disease.
 
Baltimore, MD (August 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The patient, an adult who lives in Western Maryland, survived the infection.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 14:51
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Department Launches Winnable Battles PDF Print E-mail
Dept. launches Winnable Battles, refines focus on 6 areas for Marylanders. Aligns with broader CDC campaign, seeks improved health indicators in a year.
 
Baltimore, MD (July 14, 2016) – Today the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launched Winnable Battles, a statewide effort to address emerging public health challenges. The effort also capitalizes upon organizational opportunities for department employees to contribute to a focus area tied to their interests.  
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 14:46
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Maryland's Minority Health Office Nets $1 Million Grant, Largest in its History PDF Print E-mail
Maryland’s Minority Health office nets $1 million grant, largest in its history. Funds from U.S. HHS to boost healthcare access in Prince George’s County.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2015) – The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) has received its largest grant since its establishment in 2004. MHHD received a five-year grant award totaling $1million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health’s State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:16
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Maryland Sees First Confirmed Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Residents are reminded to take precautions to reduce risk during summer, fall
 
Baltimore, MD (August 18, 2015) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today is announcing the first confirmed and locally acquired case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult who lives in the Baltimore Metropolitan region. In addition, WNV also has been detected in mosquito pools collected in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. A mosquito pool is a group of mosquitoes collected at one of several trap sites across the state.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 14:06
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On World Hepatitis Day, DHMH Urges Marylanders to Get Tested, Treated PDF Print E-mail
Hepatitis C is most common chronic, blood-borne viral infection in the state
 
Baltimore, MD (July 28, 2015) – On World Hepatitis Day, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) is calling for increased awareness of Hepatitis C.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:19
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State Warns Not to Use Bo-Ying Compound Because of Lead Concerns, PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (April 8, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is warning consumers about lead contamination found in Bo-Ying Compound manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong), a powdered product marketed for the treatment of a wide array of conditions in infants and children. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 11:10
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DHMH, HSCRC Seeking Proposals to Fund Partnerships for Health System Transformation; Up to $2 Million Will Aid Data Analysis, Care Coordination, Health Improvement, More PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 18, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) are seeking proposals for the development of Regional Partnerships for Health System Transformation in support of Maryland’s new all-payer model. A $400,000 award will be provided to up to five partnerships across the state to advance reforms to Maryland’s health care delivery system.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 14:56
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Maryland Shows Significant Progress in Reducing Infant Mortality, Obesity, Tobacco Use and Other High-Priority Health Measures PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 5, 2015) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released a report showing significant improvement  on several priority health measures as part of its ongoing State Health Improvement Process (SHIP).
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:11
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For Cervical Health Awareness Month, DHMH Urges Maryland Women to get Pap Tests, HPV Vaccinations for Boys and Girls PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 16, 2015) – Of all cancers that affect women, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and other cancers. For Cervical Health Awareness Month, Maryland is recommending that women get Pap tests and that preteens get HPV vaccinations.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 15:39
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Cold Weather Issues and Concerns PDF Print E-mail
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds residents that there are many serious health issues to consider during cold winter weather. As a result of exposure to cold, individuals may experience low body temperature, which may lead to hypothermia and even death. Freezing of exposed skin and tissues, such as the ears, nose, feet and face, may lead to frostbite, frostnip and trench foot. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:56
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DHMH Launches New Administrative Services Organization for Maryland's Public Behavioral Health System PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (January 1, 2015) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today launched the Behavioral Health Integration, which creates a single financing structure for mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Medicaid.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 09:10
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DHMH Oral Health Report Details Gains in Dental Care Access PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 30, 2014) – Maryland continues to perform significantly above the national Health Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) average for children’s dental services utilization, at 68.3 percent, more than 19 percentage points higher than the 2012 HEDIS average of 49.2 percent. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has shared these data this week with the Governor and General Assembly.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:45
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DHMH Submits to General Assembly a Report on Safety Standards for Outpatient Oncology, Rheumatology Offices PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 17, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has submitted a report by the Safety Standards workgroup to the General Assembly. The workgroup was tasked with studying appropriate national safety standards for mixing, reconstituting and performing similar, routine acts by or under the supervision of an oncologist, rheumatologist or hematologist in an outpatient setting.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:27
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 15:47
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.  

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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
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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
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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
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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. 

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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.  

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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
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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
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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
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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!” 

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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
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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. 

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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
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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. 

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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
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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
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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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: 

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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: 

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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.
 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.
    
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.
 
 
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Baltimore, MD (February 8, 2017) – In keeping with the Hogan administration’s leadership in fighting the opioid crisis in Maryland, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing policies reforming the opioid-prescribing process in the Medicaid program, to seek to block the prescription pathway to substance use disorders.
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Maryland urges testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. State utilizing 5-year plan for prevention, care services; builds on collaborations.
 
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2017) – Tuesday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration is encouraging all Marylanders to support HIV education, prevention, testing and care.
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Md. health dept., ex-Raven Orr ‘team up’ for public service videos on opioids. Marylanders can find treatment resources at MdDestinationRecovery.org.
 
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2017) – As part of the Hogan administration’s continued efforts to save lives and promote recovery amid the opioid crisis, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration has released a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to be shown on TV and in movie theaters.
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