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It's Summertime-Almost

This is the perfect time to be outdoors in the sun, playing, hiking, biking, and enjoying lots of activities. Let's review Summer/Warm Weather Best Practices. 

Sun & Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma (the deadliest kind of skin cancer) is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light. To lower your risk of skin cancer and protect your skin, use these tips:
     * Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
     * Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
     * Wear a hat that shades the face, head, ears, and neck.
     * Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
     * Use sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and SPF15 or higher.
     * Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.  

Are you a person of color?
People of color are not immune to skin cancer. In fact, diagnosis is often delayed and found at later stages. Just one sunburn can increase your risk of cancer. To lower your risk, follow the tips above!
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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested.

The CDC offers pages of information about Hepatitis and their campaign "Know More Hepatitis". Click Here to Read More. 


May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

As part of the President's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with the federal Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to reduce teenage pregnancy and address disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates. To read more about the initiatives and resources Click Here to Read More. 


Opioid Overdose Prevention Classes - Can You Save a Life? 

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older.  Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, perform rescue breathing, give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives.  Check back for information on the next scheduled classes. 

Opioid Overdose Response Program Video Class/Written Exam Now Available Online

Howard County Health Department offers an Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone, the prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose.  In order to become certified you may either come to our class  OR you may watch the video course and take the test.   To view the online training click on the following: OORP Video Training Link .THEN schedule your class to come into the Health Department and complete the Hands-On portion of the training to receive your certificate and Naloxone kit. Please call 410-313-6202 to find out the dates of the next hands-on class.


Health Related Issues Complaint Report

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Foodborne Illness Graphic IMPORTANT: If you believe you have an llness related to eating bad food or food product, please call our Bureau of Environmental Health immediately at 410-313-1772.
After business hours, leave a message with your call back information.


 


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Contact Numbers:

Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640
 

Or you may send an e-mail to:
askhealth@howardcountymd.gov  

Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  Monday through Friday