Bureau of Health Promotion

 

The Bureau of Health Promotion's goals are to implement wellness initiatives that reduce health risk factors, improve wellness and safety, and maintain a productive and active Howard County community and work force. 

This is accomplished this by:

  • Providing health education in Howard County communities, schools, worksites, and health care settings
  • Providing health information to the Howard County community about Health Department services and resources
  • Improving Howard County tobacco retailers’ awareness and compliance with Maryland tobacco laws
  • Partnering with community agencies to deliver effective health promotion and illness prevention
    services in Howard County
November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled. Diabetes can affect anyone.

In 2017, more than 100 million U.S. adults were living with diabetes or prediabetes according to a Center for Disease Control report. The report found that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans, 9.4% of the U.S. population, has diabetes. 

The good news is people who are at high risk for Type 1 or 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include eating healthy and increasing physical activity.  In addition, managing diabetes requires:
     a. Knowing what resources are available to you, such as the Living Well programs.
     b. Having support from family and friends
     c. Monitoring your blood sugar (if you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes)

Keep an eye on our social media pages for more helpful tips and information about diabetes.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 

HCHD Participation in Your Health Event

Click HERE to complete a Health Education Request form!

Howard County Health Department (HCHD) is committed to helping educate the community we serve.  We proudly participate in a variety of local health fairs, educational series, and community events throughout the year.  

If you are interested in having the Howard County Health Department present at your next event, please complete this online Community Health EducationRequest form at least 30 days prior to the event date. Participation at your event is based on HCHD staff availability and alignment with HCHD Mission and Vision. 

Questions about our Community Health Education request process may be directed to askhealth@howardcountymd.gov.


Population Health Initiatives

CAREAPP  
An innovative county-wide, web-based initiative led by the Howard County Health Department aims to improve individual access to health-related social needs of community residents and directly connect them to existing support services and resources through County agencies, the CAREAPP Network Providers

CAREAPP is powered by Healthify, a web-based platform that features:  

  • a live, searchable Howard County resource database
  • a needs assessment screening tool;
  • a bi-directional referral tracking system; and
  • data analytics that will be used by a network of partner organizations in the County.                  

For more details, watch this CAREAPP video and visit the CAREAPP website at www.hccareapp.org


Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition
(HCLHIC) 
The HCLHIC works to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Howard County. We have participants from several organizations who bring a variety of perspectives to our work. We also seek participation from individuals who have direct experience withHCLHIC Logo health disparities issues. The mission and achieveme
nts of the HCLHIC are directly related to the participation and commitment from all the members in making all of our goals a reality.  For more information, visit the HCLHIC website at www.hclhic.org


Journey to Better Health
Journey to Better Health (J2BH) is a health improvement initiative aimed at increasing the identification and management of chronic disease in Howard County residents by leveraging the existing relationship between residents and their places of worship.  Operated by Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) with funding from the Howard County Health Department (HCHD), the J2BH program aims to: 

  • Partner with Faith-based Organizations: Collaborate with Howard County faith-based organizations of any denomination to offer strategies for improving the health of their members.  
  • Chronic Disease Screenings and Education:  Conduct screenings for hypertension, obesity and pre-diabetes and classes on chronic disease self-management within the congregations.  
  • Member Care Support Network:  Train volunteers from congregations and the community to become Community Companions.  Pair Community Companions with other members after a significant health event such as a hospitalization. 

For more details, watch this video


Community-based Program to Reduce Youth Tobacco Usage and
Sales of Tobacco Products
 

In an effort to prevent and reduce youth usage of tobacco products, the Howard County Health Department has implemented a multi-faceted community program that includes the following: 

  1. Face-to-face Howard County tobacco retailer education
  2. Youth tobacco education for school youths referred from schools as a suspension-alternative when found to be using tobacco products
  3. Faith-based leadership engagement to promote awareness, support, and motivate community action
  4. Undercover tobacco retailer compliance checks by Tobacco Enforcement Officers with Youth Tobacco Investigators

For more details visit www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/Health-Promotion/Tobacco-Sales-Enforcement


Howard County Health Department Workplace Wellness and

Healthiest Maryland Businesses
HCHD is a member of the Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB) and has proactively developed a Wellness Committee with organizational wellness policies and activities.  HMB is a state-funded program that connects with small, medium and large businesses to promote and support worksite programs that encourage healthy living for employees. The goal of this program is to assist businesses in creating wellness policies, implementing comprehensive programs, increasing employee engagement, and ultimately, setting the standard for high-quality, sustainable wellness-initiatives. 
 
The HCHD workplace wellness program, Balance, aims to support and engage HCHD employees in opportunities for healthy activities in the workplace.  

Goals include: 

  1. Conduct annual employee needs-assessments for wellness program planning; 
  2. Preserve and strengthen the employee-centered HCHD Wellness Committee; 
  3. Customize wellness programs to meet the interests and health needs of employees; 
  4. Promote and recommend policies to enhance health and well-being of HCHD employees; 
  5. Enrich the working environment to foster personal motivation for healthier living; 
  6. Engage employees in opportunities for healthy behavior modification.  

For more information on Healthiest Maryland Businesses, visit: www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org