Comments Requested on the Marcellus Shale Project

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.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the Compton Science Building at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. The second meeting will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. At each meeting, members of the public are invited to present their views and suggestions for the project.

Using money from the State that became available in April 2013, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) asked DHMH to engage experts to prepare a public health report and oversee the work. University of Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (UMIAEH) agreed to prepare the report. This effort is part of the study that MDE and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in consultation with an Advisory Commission, are conducting as part of the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative.

In preparation for the report, the UMIAEH project team is asking for a wide variety of stakeholders and interested parties to share their questions, suggestions, comments, and concerns with the team. They intend to ask for this input at the two meetings.

The UMIAEH is directed by Dr. Donald Milton, MD, DrPH, who will also lead the project. Dr. Milton is an internationally recognized expert in occupational and environmental medicine, and has extensive experience leading large collaborative research projects. The project team also includes experts in toxicology, public health, epidemiology, anthropology, and environmental justice.

The report is scheduled to be presented in its final version to the state in Summer, 2014.

###


Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH or www.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH


 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department is requesting mini-grant proposals from community-based organizations, workplaces, churches, or other interested organizations for youth teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education: Promoting Health Among Teens-Comprehensive education (PHAT-C). To be eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding, your program must be an organization which serves young people in Worcester County. Funded organizations will be expected to deliver the PHAT-C education program to a minimum of 12-15 Worcester County youth ages 12-19.

Read more ...

 

Snow Hill, MD-The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) requests smoking cessation, education and enforcement proposals for grant funding through Cigarette Restitution Funds by way of the Maryland Department of Health. Community-based organizations, churches, private groups, non-profits, and workplaces are encouraged to apply.

Read more ...

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

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

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

Read more ...

Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department will host a free summer program for girls entering middle school, grades 6 and 7. The Just for Girls summer program will be held Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 23 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Worcester County Health Department, located at 6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, MD 21863. Participants will learn life skills, ways to improve their self-esteem, attend field trips, receive abstinence only education and much more.

Read more ...

(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program