About the Health Department
"Building a Model Public Health Community"
Howard Health Dashboard
Introducing our new Health Dashboard which will give you an idea of the health of the County based on five ares: Access to Health Care, Healthy Weight, Behavioral Health, Healthy Living and Communicable Disease Surveillance. While our Dashboard is not "real-time" or "up to the minute", it provides recent health statistics and will be updated quarterly. Click on the Dashboard graphic above or CLICK HERE to see an introduction and breakdown of the many indicators used to evaluate our health!
Howard County Opens Its First School-based Wellness Center at Bollman Bridge Elementary School
Bollman Bridge Elementary School is the site of Howard County's first pilot school-based wellness center. The Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to child health and wellness. Healthcare professionals staffing the Wellness Center treat common illnesses, address mental health concerns and manage chronic diseases. The services offered at the Wellness center facilitate children missing less time away from the classroom and parents missing less time from work.
The center is staffed by: a full-time pediatric nurse practitioner who is the clinician providing the medical services; a full-time medical office assistant that registers patients, performs health measurements and obtains specimens; a full-time licensed social worker who provides mental health services; and a part-time physician who will oversee the medical care.
In addition to providing convenient and accessible services, the Wellness Center offers additional services not often found on-site in a pediatric provider’s office. The Bollman Bridge Elementary School Wellness Center will offer full-time behavioral health services to address mental, emotional and behavioral problems.
Health Department Services formerly Located at the Gateway Faclilty Are NOW AT 8930 STANFORD BLVD in Columbia
Health Department services and programs once located at COlumbia Gateway are now ALL located at 8930 Stanford Blvd in Columbia (off of Snowden River Parkway). The building may be accessed via the Red Route on Howard Transit. The telephone numbers remain the same.
- Health Department Main Number - 410-313-6300
- Columbia Health Center - 410-313-7500
- WIC - 410-313-7510
- Environmental Health - 410-313-2640
- Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse - 410-313-6202
- Healthy Howard - 410-988-3737
- North Laurel Health Center - 410-313-3630
Seasonal Flu Clinics
More clinic dates have been added in December. Click here to see the date and location most convenient for you!
Affordable Care Act Resources for Enrollment
The Affordable Care Act went into effect October 1, 2013. With many systems still working out new system challenges, it is easiest to come to the Door to HealthCare and have an enrollment specialist walk you through the process answering your questions and addressing your concerns along the way.
Door to HealthCare
The Door is open from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m helping residents to enroll in health care
Maryland Health Care Connection
The White House800-318-2596
The Flu is in Maryland as Reported by Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Seasonal influenza officially arrived in Maryland, according to a Press Release issued by DHMH on October 3, 2013. Seasonal Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot:
All persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually, with rare exceptions. (Talk to your health care professional)
Good Health Habits to Prevent the Flu:
1. Avoid close contact. - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands - Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
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