Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 800-422-0009 (toll free)  410-531-6677 (local)
Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202

Radon Awareness Week is January 21 - 27, 2018

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  For children, radon and second-hand smoke are the biggest risks for developing lung cancer later in life.  Unless you test with a radon test kit, you can't tell whether your home has radon, because radon is a gas that has no smell, no color, and can't be seen.  Many homes in Howard County fall into an area that is prime for Radon.  For more information about Radon and Radon Testing, visit the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Radon page

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!  More than 12,000 women are diagnosed each year with cervical cancer and over 4,000 women die from cervical cancer annually.  More than 50% of all new cervical cancers are in women who have never been screened or who‘s screenings lapsed five years or more.  The disease is preventable with the HPV vaccination and regular cervical cancer screenings and highly curable with early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.   

You may be eligible for breast and cervical cancer screenings at no cost to you!  If you are 40 years or older, uninsured or underinsured, and are a Maryland resident, please contact the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at (410)-313-6255 to see if you qualify to receive these services. To find out more about Cervical Cancer visit our Cancer Prevention page


In Cold Weather...

To protect yourself from the cold:

  • Cover your head and wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer. 
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect lungs from direct cold air. Cover your ears and the lower part of your face.
  • Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps keep your hands warm.
  • Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks, or two pairs of lightweight socks.
  • If you are in need of shelter, call Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at (410) 531-6677.
  • Be alert to other common winter hazards, such as carbon monoxide (CO) and injuries from heat sources.
    CO is produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood.
    This colorless, odorless gas can cause severe illness and death. Go to for CO poisoning prevention tips.
  • Do not forget about pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association has great tips for all of our four-legged family members. Visit for more information.
  • Vehicles should contain items such as heavy blankets, water, nonperishable food, a flashlight and a snow shovel.

More information about cold weather preparedness may be found at:

Seasonal Walk-in Flu Clinics
Date  Time Location
Saturday, January 20, 2018                1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Lane
Clarksville, MD  21029
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045 
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, visit our Behavioral Health page or call 410-313-6202.  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Time Place
January 22, 2018 9:00 a.m. Howard Co. Health Dept.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
Barton Rooms
 February 26, 2018 9:00 a.m.            "
 March 26, 2018 9:00 a.m.            "

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

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

Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 
The 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