Visiting Us

Hours of Operation: 8:00am-5:00pm  Monday through Friday
(Program hours may vary. Confirm specific operating hours.) 

The Health Department recommends masks when visiting the non-clinical areas of the Health Department while Howard County is in a MEDIUM level of Community COVID-19 Transmission.  If you are visiting any of our health clinics, masks ARE required (December 16, 2022).

Visit CDC Community COVID-19 levels for more information about prevention strategies while at this level.

For more information or questions, contact 410-313-6300.  For emergencies dial 9-1-1.

Interpretation services can be provided.


Topics of Interest

Mpox (Monkeypox) Information

The Howard County Health Department Outbreaks and Surveillance team is monitoring the reported Mpox outbreak. Find more information here.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Information

There are currently high rates of RSV across Maryland and Howard County, especially among children. Find information about Transmission, Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment of RSV from the Maryland Department of Health here.

Crisis Services:

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Our Programs
Access to Health Care Services

The Bureau of Access to Health Care Services facilitates enrollment into quality healthcare by: processing insurance applications for low income children under age 19 through the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP); assisting clients with applying for health insurance and providing services to help clients navigate the Medicaid system in the Administrative Coordination Care Unit (ACCU);  and scheduling transportation for Medicaid recipients to receive necessary medical treatment with the Medical Assistance Transportation Program.

Behavioral Health

The Bureau of Behavioral Health works on the promotion of mental health, resilience, and wellbeing; the treatment of mental and substance use disorders; and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities

Cancer Prevention

Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will develop Cancer at some point during their lifetime.

The goals of the Cancer Control Program at the Howard County Health Department are to:
  • Reduce cancer deaths in Howard County and to reduce the differences in cancer outcomes among whites and ethnic minorities.
  • Increase breast and cervical cancer screening among the uninsured, low income women statewide and provide follow-up diagnosis
  • Carry out public and professional education to assure the quality of screening services
  • Provide early detection of Colorectal Cancer by increasing the number of Maryland adults screened and to decrease racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Work with community partners, State agencies, healthcare entities, resource centers and other local health departments to implement proven strategies to protect Maryland residents from tobacco-related death and disease
  • Prevent youth and young adults from ever using tobacco products
  • Provide resources to assist residents who are ready to quit using tobacco
  • Eliminate exposure to harmful toxins found in second-hand smoke
  • Identify and eliminate health disparities among population groups disproportionately affected by tobacco-related death and disease
Community Outreach & Education

The goals of Community Outreach & Education 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.


The COVID-19 page provides information, resources and services related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The mission of this program is to prepare the County and its healthcare system to respond to natural and man-made public health emergencies including but not limited to: severe weather conditions, bioterrorism and disease outbreaks.

Environmental Health

The Bureau of Environmental Health has three programs that address the physical environment. Programs include: Well & Septic, Food Protection and Community Hygiene.


The Immunization Program offers information and services for adult, adolescent and childhood immunizations

Infection Prevention & Control Program

This program promotes immunizations for all ages and investigates reportable illnesses including: Foodborne illnesses, STIs, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, Meningitis, COVID-19 and other outbreaks

Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC)

The Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC) works to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Howard County. Participation is sought from individuals and organizations that seek to ensure access to programs and services that support our vision of equitable health outcomes for all.

Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health

The Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Program addresses those issues from preconception to teen years and beyond.

Nurse Monitoring Program

The goal of the Nurse Monitoring program is to help county residents to remain safe at home by connecting them with services and supports that can encourage their independence and personal well-being. This often means that individuals can live at home longer without having to consider moving to a nursing home or other facility placement.

Sexual & Reproductive Health Services

Howard County Health Department provides Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to Howard County women, men and teens and LGBTQIA+ communities. At our clinics there is no residency requirement, no one is turned away because of ability to pay, services are confidential, and there is no need for parental consent, regardless of age.

We have both onsite and telehealth services available and we always accept new patients. Call us for more information: 410-313-7500.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy foods and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five.

Other Health Department Services
About Us

The Mission, Vision & Values of the Howard County Health Department

Birth Certificates

Birth certificates for those born in Maryland after 1939 are available from the Health Department Administrative Offices.

Job Opportunities

The Howard County Health Department has numerous programs and services that work to improve the health and well being of those who live, work, play and study in the County.  

In order to accomplish this, we rely on a large group of dedicated and talented people.  Our staff includes medical personnel, social workers, counselors, nutritionists, environmental health inspectors, as well as, administrative, clerical, fiscal and facilities staff.


The Health Department has several volunteer opportunities available for those who wish to give their time in the service of others.

Public Information Act Requests

Public Information Act (PIA) requests grant people the right to access to public records. 

Use the links below to access the appropriate request form. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Public Health Accreditation

Public Health Accreditation is a voluntary national program developed to measure health department performance against an established set of nationally recognized, practice-focused, and evidenced-based standards. Public Health Accreditation is overseen by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Health Boards

Members, Meetings & Minutes for the Howard County Board of Health and the Howard County Local Behavioral Health Authority.

Reports & Data

Howard County Health Department continuously monitors and evaluates health-related data to ensure a safe, healthy Howard County community. As part of this analysis, the Health Department produces periodic reports examining significant health factors to the community.

Health Department Request Forms
Health Department Funding Opportunities

Check back for additional funding opportunities.

HCHD Social Media Comments Policy

The purpose of HCHD's social media accounts is to present matters of public interest to Howard County, including our many residents, businesses, partners, stakeholders and visitors. We welcome questions and concerns, either publicly, as private messages here, or via email at [email protected]. However, they are not moderated online discussions. To reach our team most efficiently, we encourage you to email us directly.

We reserve the right to report or hide, at our sole discretion, public comments on these accounts that contain vulgar or threatening language; propose or promote illegal activity; include protected, personally identifiable information (doxxing); or that present misinformation.

We ask that you do not share protected, personally identifiable health information, such as your social security number, case number, or specific diagnoses, here.

Please note that, while we strive to be as responsive as possible, our accounts are not monitored 24/7. If you require immediate emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1 (24/7). If you or someone you love is in crisis, please call 2-1-1 Press 1 (24/7).

The content posted on these accounts by Howard County Health Department reflect the opinions and positions of the Howard County Health Department. Public comments or posts do not reflect the opinions and position of the Howard County Health Department or its officers and employees. If you have any questions concerning this account, please contact us directly at [email protected].


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Health Department Leadership

Maura J. Rossman, MD
Health Officer
Antigone Vickery, MPH
Deputy Health Officer
Kelly Russo, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Oluwafunmilola Bada, MD, FACOG
Clinical Director for Sexual & Reproductive Health Services
Linda Ashburn, MPH
Director, Bureau of Assessment, Planning and Community Engagement
Michael J. Davis, LEHS
Director, Bureau of Environmental Health
Connie Ford, BSN, RN
Director, Bureau of Access to Healthcare
Ilise D. Marrazzo, MPH, BSN, RN
Director, Bureau of Health Services & Director of Nursing
Lenora Painter, MS, RN
Director, Bureau of Infection Control & Public Health Readiness
Roe Rodgers-Bonaccorsy, PhD, LCADC, LCPC, NCC, CRC
Director, Bureau of Behavioral Health
Erin Anderson, MS, RN
Deputy Director Bureau of Health Services; Assistant Director of Nursing,
Shereen Cabrera-Bentley, LCSW-C
Deputy Director, Bureau of Behavioral Health
Lynn Moretz, RN
Deputy Director, Bureau of Infection Control & Public Health Readiness
Jeffrey Williams, MS, LEHS
Deputy Director, Bureau of Environmental Health
Moenik Blue, BS
Director, Fiscal Services
Lisa M. de Hernández, CCPH, MPIO
Director, Communications & Public Information
Shelley English, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director, Human Resources
Barry A. Graham
Director, Technology Services
Christopher Hughan
Director, Contract Management & Purchasing

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