The Howard County Health Department is open for essential services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Appointments must be made in advance. To schedule an appointment call 410-313-6300.
For information and resources about the flu, visit our Seasonal Flu Information page.
For more information about Behavioral Health, click HERE or click on the Behavioral Health tab on the left.
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Electronic smoking devices (ESDs) contain harmful chemical that cause lung disease and possibly death. They also contain addictive nictoine that can damage your brain. For more information about the dangers of vaping and the effects it can have on teens and young adults, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.
***For clinician information, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.***
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”.
An evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, was created to encourage both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention. Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting teenhealthmatters.org
The second phase of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program began in November 2019 with the implementation of the Sources of Strength Program. Sources of Strength is a best-practice youth suicide prevention project. Student peer leaders and adult advisors design and share Hope, Help and Strength-based messages with youth in the community to prevent suicide, bullying and substance use.
How does Sources of Strength work?
Follow the HCHD Sources of Strength Program on Facebook and Instagram. Watch a video about Sources of Strength in action in Howard County here.
“It’s OK to Ask” and Sources of Strength campaign materials, information, resources and training are available at teenhealthmatters.org, or by contacting Colleen Nester, Health Department Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 410-313-0613.
For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page. Virtual Opioid Overdose Response (Narcan) Training is now provided twice a month. For questions or more information call 410-313-6202 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.)
Thursday, September 24, 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Tuesday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Thursday, October 29, 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
Tuesday, November 10, 3:00 p.m. Click here to register
For online naloxone training visit Next Naloxone's website HERE. An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is also 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
***Due to COVID-19, Howard County Rabies Clinics are CANCELLED until further notice.***
Howard County Health Department and the Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center hold monthly vaccination clinics to protect your dog, cat or ferret from the rabies virus.
8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Monthly - 3rd Thursday
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 old to receive a vaccination.
• For a 3-year vaccine, bring a copy of rabies vaccine history from a veterinarian. Otherwise, a 1-year vaccine will be administered.
• A County license for your pet may be obtained at an additional charge ($6.00 for altered, $24.00 for unaltered.) Proof of spa