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

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health. 
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
  • Shop the season’s freshest locally grown produce at a Howard County Farmers’ Market : There are vendors at each market that accept WIC and EBT.
  • Make healthy meals: Join the Howard County Health Department at the East Columbia Branch Library for Building a Better Plate: Meal Planning Made Easy, on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm. Register online for the class at the HC Library System website .
  • Get active as a family:  Kids can get active by helping with chores such as raking leaves or cleaning their rooms.
  • Limit screen time : Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.



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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