Ellicott City Flood Recovery

  • For Ellicott City flood recovery health/safety information and resources for residents, businesses and food service establishments, visit our Environmental Health page.

Picture of hand coming out from under white blanket. One Opioid Overdose is too many.

Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 800-422-0009 (toll free) 410-531-6677 (local)
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

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, which often impacts ones decision making, social interactions, and coping strategies. Those that suffer from poor mental health can also see a decline in physical health, ultimately leading to shorter life spans and higher rates of suicide. 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
• Over 70 percent of Black or African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition
• Almost 25 percent of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino
• Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups
• In the past year, nearly one in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide
• In the past year, one in seven Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness

While self-help may be beneficial, it is still important to seek professional treatment. Listed below are some accessible options of organizations throughout the state of Maryland that work with minority groups to address mental health: 
Black Mental Health Alliance
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Maryland
Maryland Crisis Connect - Call 211, Press 1
It is important to recognize that mental illness is both preventable and treatable. During this month of July, we aim to bring awareness to mental health in order to reach optimal health in minority communities.

(Information from Maryland Office if Minority Health and Health Disparities)

Hot Weather Returns

The high temperatures combined with high humidity can make outside temperatures feel even hotter than what the thermometer says. Caution should beThermometer used in extremely hot weather when planning any outdoor activity. 

Take a common sense approach to the heat and take the following precautions to prevent heat related illness: 

  • Increase fluid intake; drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids
  • If possible, stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm
  • Pace yourself and take frequent breaks
  • If you must be out in the heat, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen 
  • Take a cool shower or bath if you are unable to move to an air-conditioned place
  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a parked car or other hot environment.
  • Check regularly on infants, elderly, family and neighbors with health conditions as they are more vulnerable to heat-related illness.  


Health Department Podcast - The Doctor Is In The Doctor Is In logo

The first episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In airs on Howard Community College’s Radio station beginning this month.  This episode looks at the state of the opioid crisis.  It features the very personal story of a Peer Support Specialist helping others into recovery and a view of what the State is doing to address the issue.  You can listen at:  https://dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/category/the-doctor-is-in 
 Teen Health Expo to be Held at Columbia Mall Teen Health Expo flier

The Health Department and Teen Health Matters will present a Teen Health Expo at the Mall in Columbia on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Information and resources about cancer prevention, mental health awareness, tobacco cessation and more will be available on the plaza area near the Starbucks.  The Healthmobile will be on location to provide STD/HIV testing. There will be raffles and gift card giveaways throught the afternoon.  

Featured Video
Howard County Health Department Peer Support Specialist, Scott Sheldon, talks about his experience with substance misuse and the purpose of the Good Samaritan Law.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, call 410-313-6202 or contact orpresponse@howardcountymd.gov.  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

July 23, 2018 9:00 a.m.  Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045                 
August 20, 2018  9:00 a.m.                       "

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

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/there-is-hope/id1122136102?mt=8

Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextlogik.grassroots&hl=en

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 12pm 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.