Bureau of Population Health

The Bureau of Population Health'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

February is American Heart Month

Heart Disease was the 2nd leading cause of death for Howard County Residents in 2018. The most common risk factors for heart disease that can be changed by health behaviors fall into two categories:

  1. Medical: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
  2. Behavioral: physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyle, smoking tobacco, unmanaged chronic stress, and poor diet.

Learn how to be heart healthy at any age!

  • Know Your Numbers: Ask your doctor about your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar level.
  • Eat Healthy: Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit sugary foods and drinks, fatty or processed meats, and salt.
  • Get Active: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week.
  • Stop Smoking and vaping: If you currently use tobacco, pick a quit day! Learn more about the Health Department’s free cessation class and other resources.
  • Manage Stress: Find a healthy hobby that helps you release stress in a safe and healthy way, such as exercising, walking, dancing, laughing, singing, spending time with a loved one, meditating, cleaning, drawing, painting, listening to music, volunteering, etc.
  • Recognize the Warnings Signs of a Heart Attack: If you notice signs of a heart attack in yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chances of surviving a heart attack are better the sooner emergency treatment begins.


Check out our heart health activity calendar to see what small changes you can make for big improvements in your overall health.

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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

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
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