Bureau of Child Health

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Adolescent Health

Youth Mental Health Resource Guide - In Howard County, from 2014-2016, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19.  The link above accesses a local guide to mental health resources for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. 

 I Want The Kit (IWTK) - Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing kit available free of charge at all HCPSS High Schools. In Howard County, the number of cases of both chlamydia and gonorrhea have nearly doubled in teens ages 15 and up. One in every two sexually-active young people will contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) before age 25, and many are not even aware they are infected or of the significant risks to their health.

In response, the Howard County Health Department (HCHD) and Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) launched a campaign to inform high school students about the risks of STIs and offer free, confidential screening tests and access to treatment. This initiative, “I Want the Kit” (IWTK), is co-sponsored and funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).

STI testing kits will be available to students free of charge in the nurse’s office in every high school, ARL, and the Homewood Center.  Students requesting the test kit and receiving test results will remain confidential. Test results will be shared only with the student, and if positive, with the Howard County Health Department. The information will not be reported to HCPSS, the student’s parents, or any other person or organization.

Teen Health Matters -  TeenHealth Matters is a Howard County Health Department project, that connects teens & parents to resources to stay safe, happy and healthy.  Topics like stress management, mental and physical health are mixed with blogs and podcasts about teen issues and health. Visit TeenHealthMatters.org

Teen Health Matters podcast episode "Coping with Back to School Stress" is now live.  To listen, go to dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/e/coping-with-back-to-school-stress/ 

Child Health Programs

Child Health Programs offered by the Howard County Health Department include the Infants and Toddlers Program, WIC, Child Advocacy Center, Case Management for children with elevated blood lead. In addition, outreach, information and referral services are offered. Hearing and vision screenings are offered to students in specific grades within Howard County public and private schools. For more information about Children's Health Programs call 1-410-313-7500 or toll free at 1-866-313-6300 or e-mail askhealth@howardcountymd.gov

The Bureau of Child Health Has a Website for Teens

Howard County Health Department’s Bureau of Child Health launched a teen health website. TeenHealthMatters.org is aimed at teens and the role they can play in their own health decisions. It brings information and resources to teens about whole health, body and mind. Topics incorporated into the new site include: Stress, Feeling Down, Nutrition & Well-being, Sex, Sexuality & Safe Relationships, Drugs & Alcohol and Parents & Teens. Visit the new website at TeenHealthMatters.org.

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Howard County Adolescent Mental Health Symposium - Youth Panel

Did you miss the Howard County Adolescent Mental Health Symposium?  In this video a panel of teens speak about stress, drug use and what adults don't really know.  Click below.