8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
8930 Stanford Blvd
The Health Department does not require masks while visiting non-clinical areas while Community Levels of transmission are LOW. However, masking indoors remains a good strategy for those at high risk of complications due to COVID infection. (June 17, 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.
The Howard County Health Department Outbreaks and Surveillance team is monitoring the reported Monkeypox outbreak. Visit our Infection Prevention & Control Program page for more information.
Maryland Department of Health issued guidance for families looking for baby formula during this national shortage. Visit our WIC page for more information.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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, Child & Adolescent Health Program addresses those issues from preconception to teen years and beyond.
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.
Howard County Health Department provides Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to Howard County women, men and teens and 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!
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 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 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.
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.
|June||LHIC Receives State Award to Address Food Insecurity|
|May||Health Department Expands Suicide Prevention Campaign to Broader Audience|
|Update-Information Needed Regarding Dog Bite 5-12-2022|
|Information Needed Regarding Dog Bite 5-11-2022|
|Mar||Health Department Receives National Medical reserve Corps Readiness Award|
|Feb||LHIC Awarded CareFirst Grant for National Health Equity to Address Diabetes|
|Jan||HCHD Awards Tobacco/Vaping Use Prevention Grants|
|Nov||2021 Howard County Health Assessment Survey Reveals New Areas of Focus|
|Aug||Heat Safety Advisory|
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