The Howard County Health Department will be CLOSED on Friday, April 19, 2019 in observance of Good Friday.  There will be no birth certificate services at this location.  However, other State of Maryland offices will be open.  For birth certificate information, contact the Maryland Department of Vital Records at 410-764-3038.


Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
Walk-in Assistance 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days/Week at Grassroots Crisis Center 
Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202 

For additional information and resources click above or visit HoCoOpioidHelp

Measles Information & FAQsinfant with measles rash

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.  Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. 

For more information, fact sheets and resources about Measles go to our Health Alerts and Recalls page.

Howard County Named 10th Healthiest Community in the United States 

U.S. News and World Report released its annual Healthiest Communities edition on March 26, 2019.  Howard County ranked #10 of nearly 3,000 jurisdictions.  Click here to read the announcement by County Executive Calvin Ball.  To read the U.S. News & World Report article on Howard County, click here.

Breaking the Cycle of Youth Suicide in Howard County

Youth Suicide Prevention Program Uses Multiple Tactics to Help Save LivesSpeakers at Youth Suicide Prevention Media Event

Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in 2017.  In Howard County, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 between 2014-2016.  According to the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 6 high school students and 1 in 5 middle school students have “seriously considered attempting suicide”. 

On February 28, 2019, County Executive Ball and the Howard County Health Department  announced a plan to reduce youth suicide in Howard County. Strategies include increasing awareness and reducing the stigma around suicide/mental health, educating the community about how to recognize risk factors and warning signs, demonstrating how to talk to someone about suicide, and linking youth to appropriate resources. The evidence-based plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, encourages both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention. 

Health Department staff will be working in the community to provide specialized presentations and training for those who would like to bring Youth Suicide Prevention Program components to their organizations and groups.  A Teen Mental Health Ambassador program will be implemented in high schools throughout the county.  Mother and Daughter with It's OK to Ask suicide prevention campaign information

It’s OK to Ask” campaign materials, additional information, resources and training are available at, or by contacting Kayla Blasher, Health Department Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 410-313-6240.

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact: 

  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at 410-531-6677 or
  • text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)

Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting 


Photos and video of the Youth Suicide Prevention campaign announcement may be found at:

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Walk-In hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.
Wednesday clinics are 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045


Lead Information & Resources

Visit the following Health Department pages:

 The Doctor Is In - Episode Three - Public Health 101 

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The third episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In is now available on Howard Community College’s Dragon Digital Radio.  It is no surprise that the words public health conjure up images of health inspectors investigating restaurants or perhaps a clinic for mothers and their babies.  While both are accurate, there is much more to public health than meets the eye.  In fact, it is often said that when public health is working, it is invisible. We’ll talk to three people working in very different areas of public health. You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: 

Featured Video

The Bonavitacola Family shares their experience with opioid overdose  and how it can happen in any family.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  Opioid Overdose Response (Narcan) Training is now provided on a "drop-in" basis twice a month.  For questions or more information call 410-313-6202 or contact  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

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Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

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8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

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Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones


Apple App Store:

Google Play Store:


Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 

Ttwo female vet techs with dog on exam tablehe Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus.
Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Location:  8576 Davis Road
                  Columbia, MD 21045  
Time:  Every 3rd Thursday
    Between the hours of
12:00pm and 1:30pm

Cost: $5.00 cash or check
Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.
•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at 
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at 
(410) 313-2780

Food-borne Illnesses

Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product, contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business cartoon of a tomato inundated by bacteria hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.

Calendar of Events

April 1-7 National Public Health Week 
April 2ORP Drop-In Training
                Showing of the film Angst at Howard High School
April 4 - Showing of the film Angst at Hammond High School
April 9 - Showing of the film Angst at Glenelg High School
April 10 – Columbia Association Team Member Health Fair
                   Showing of the film Angst at Mt. Hebron High School
April 11 - Kids in Hot Cars Safety Presentation - Lobby of HCHD
April 23 - Board of Health Meeting
April 25ORP Drop-In Training
April 27National Drug Take Back Day
                   Ducketts Lane ES Health, Home and Harvest Festival
April 27 - May 4 - National Infant Immunization Week
April 30 – Safetalk Training, HCHD Barton

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