8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
8930 Stanford Blvd
The Health Department has resumed limited, in-person, walk-in services with no appointment required.
Masks are required for anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated or for anyone receiving health services in our clinical areas. Masks are welcome for anyone who feels more comfortable using them.
For more information or questions, contact 410-313-6300.
Interpretation services can be provided.
The Bureau of Access to Health 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.
The goal of the AERS 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.
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
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 COVID-19 page provides information, resources and services related to the coronavirus pandemic.
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 .
To carry out this mission, Howard County Health Department continually develops and exercises plans in cooperation with other County, State and Federal agencies to reduce the effects of, prepare for, respond to and recover from a public health emergency. Comprehensive emergency response and preparedness plans are developed and federally funded through a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health's (MDH) Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R).
The Bureau of Environmental Health has three programs that address the physical environment. Programs include: Well & Septic, Food Protection and Community Hygiene.
Howard County Health Department provides Reproductive Health Services to Howard County women, men and teens, including the LGBTQ community.
We see uninsured or underinsured clients. Payments for services are based on a sliding fee scale. We accept Medical Assistance Plans and Managed Care Organizations (MCO), Visa, Mastercard, Discover or cash. Commercial insurances are accepted, but HCHD is out-of-network with all commercial insurances.
Services are confidential. We always accept new patients!
This program promotes immunizations for all ages and investigates reportable illnesses including: Foodborne illnesses, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Lyme disease, Meningitis and other outbreaks
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.
The Maternal and Child Health Program addresses those issues from preconception to teen years and beyond.
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.
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy foods and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five.
The Mission, Vision & Values of the Howard County Health Department
Birth certificates for those born in Maryland after 1939 are available from the Health Department administrative Offices.
The Howard County Health Department has many public and population health initiatives that promote healthy behaviors, assure that our residents have access to quality health services, that we prevent the spread of disease, protect against environmental hazards and ensure our emergency preparedness readiness.
In order to accomplish all of this, we rely on a large group of dedicated and talented people. Some of the types of positions found within the Health Department are: medical personnel, social workers, counselors, nutritionists, environmental health, administrative and clerical staff.
The Health Department has several volunteer opportunities available for those who wish to give their time in the service of others.
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.
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