Transforming Healthcare in Howard County; New Opportunities for Improved Health

The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition is bringing an opportunity for health care providers and any community member to learn about growing hospital and community partnerships that will lead to the improved health and well-being of those in Howard County. 

  • Find out about new Howard County health programs in our community
  • Participate in community health efforts

The keynote speaker will be Mr. Rick Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association who will speak about Health Care Transformation


Thursday, October, 27, 2016
  8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

                         Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
                10431 Twin Rivers Rd.
              Columbia, MD  21044

                              Click on the link below

For more information contact Amy Skaggs at or 410-313-6204

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.  Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women (excluding skin cancer)

  • Mortality rates during the same period have decreased for both black and white females at a rate of -2.4% annually.
  • For Hispanic females breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death
  • Maryland woman are surpassing the healthy people 2020 target for breast cancer screens with 83% of women aged 50-74 having received breast cancer screenings in the last 2 years
  • Maryland had 4418 women diagnosed with breast cancer from 2008-2012. Incidence rate per 100,000 was 129.9. While this number is declining for the state, Maryland is still above the United States average of 123.0.
  • Howard County ranks 8th in the State of Maryland with 130.3 women diagnosed with Breast Cancer per 100,000 residents. Howard County ranked 7th in the last reporting period (2007-2011) so, this shows an improvement.
  • Maryland has the 6th highest female breast cancer mortality rate in the nation for reporting years 2007-2011.
    One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime  

Howard County Health Department has served 390 clients in 2016

  • 399 mammograms performed
  • 48 required additional follow up
    • 378 Clinical Breast Exams

For more information about how the Howard County Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) call 410-313-4255 and visit the BCCP page.

Tree of Hope Event
October 3, 2016

Maryland sees 1st confirmed case of seasonal flu, urges residents to get shots

The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming ill with the influenza (flu). Yearly vaccinations are important because the strains of influenza that circulate change over time. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is especially important for people who are at high risk for influenza-related complications and severe disease including:

  • Children younger than 5 years old,
  • People 65 and older,
  • Pregnant women,
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities,
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives,
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions
  • People undergoing therapy or with a condition that may weaken their immune systems.

People caring for someone in these groups should be vaccinated to avoid spreading the disease to them. These include health workers and household contacts of people at risk for complications from the flu. 

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

(Click above to get more information about the app.)

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Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information on substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page

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

Location More Information
Monday, October 24, 2016  10:00 a.m. HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 
Monday, November 21, 2016 10:00 a.m.  HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 
Monday, December 19, 2016  10:00 a.m.  HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045 
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 

Foodborne 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 hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.

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