Child & Adolescent Health

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Health Department Child/Adolescent Health Programs Include:


Adolescent Health

Youth Suicide Prevention

In Howard County, from 2014-2016, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19.   The Health Department developed an evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan to address the many components of the issue.  
Mother and daughter with It's OK to Ask suicide prevention campaign information teenhealthmatters.org

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact: 

  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at 410-531-6677 or
  • text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)


For more detailed information and to learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation, visit teenhealthmatters.org 
 

Prevention Program Information and Materials

Community-based Training, Presentations, Materials and Information:

Materials:

Youth Mental Health Resource Guide -  The link to the left accesses a local guide to mental health resources for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. 


Sexually Transmitted Infection PreventionI Want the Kit graphic

 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 Website

Teen Health Matters -  TeenHealthMatters is a Howard County Health Department project, that connects teens & parents to resources to stay safe, happy and healthy.  The Bureau of Child Health launched TeenHealthMatters.org which 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 website at TeenHealthMatters.org.

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


Measles Information & Resources

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Resources:

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.