About the Health Department
"Building a Model Public Health Community"
The Health Department will be CLOSED on Friday, May 24, 2013 for a Service Reduction Day and on Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:00a.m.
All State of Maryland Offices will be closed during this time thus, no birth certificate services will be available.
Partners Collaborate on Telephone Survey to Attack Howard County Health Needs Despite Being Healthiest in State
The Howard County Health Department and partners Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital and Columbia Association announced the results of the first biennial Howard County Health Assessment Survey, a comprehensive telephone survey conducted over the course of several months during the Summer and Fall of 2012. Click here to read more about the results of the survey and to get additional resources.
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. It kicks off with Melanoma Monday, which is the first Monday in May. Click HERE to read more about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from skin cancer. There are also valuable tools to help check your skin for areas that might be worth a second look by a professional.
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Selects Healthy Howard, Inc to Educate and Enroll Uninsured Residents and Small Employers in Western Maryland
Healthy Howard, Inc. will receive grant funding to provide education, outreach, eligibility and enrollment services for individuals and small employers in Howard, Carroll, Frederick Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties. Read the Press Release here. For more about The Door to HealthCare and Healthy Howard, Inc visit www.healthyhowardmd.org
Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus
Sporadic human cases of infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) continue to be reported in China, but the increase in case counts has fallen off from the month of April, when multiple cases were being reported each day. As of the latest report on May 8, there were 131 confirmed cases of H7N9 with 32 deaths. CDC continues to take proactive preparedness measures in response to the public health threat posed by the emergence of this new virus.
For more information about the Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus click on the following:
For Health Care Professionals, click on the following links for information:
Are You Traveling Abroad?
Before you go, check the CDC website for travel information, News & Announcements and Travel Notices. Click HERE to visit their site.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic Information
The 2012-2013 Immunization Clinics are still underway. CLICK HERE for locations, dates and times
To Request the Health Department at Your Next Health Event
Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300
Columbia Health Center: 410-313-7500
North Laurel Health Center: 410-313-0630
Behavioral Health Services/Substance Abuse Services: 410-313-6202
Environmental Health: 410-313-2640