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Columbia, MD 21045
8930 Stanford Blvd
Update 11/29: Continued testing indicated no detection of Cryptosporidium in our drinking water samples. The County's DPW will continue to conduct weekly testing of our public water system to confirm the quality of our water through December. We will update this page as needed.
The region’s water remains safe for the general public to consume. At this time, we are advising people with severely weakened immune systems to continue to drink bottled water, boil water for one minute (and allow to cool completely) before consuming, or use filtered tap water out of an abundance of caution.
You can view a map of the affected areas and more information about the Howard County response on the County Cryptosporidium webpage.
The risk to the general population is small. However, even low levels of Cryptosporidium can cause serious illness in people who have weakened immune systems.
Those with weakened immune systems are advised to:
For more information about Cryptosporidium visit:
For information about warming centers and shelter assistance in Howard County or for tips to prevent cold-weather related illness, visit our Emergency Preparedness Program page.
Masks are NOT required at the Health Department (May 24, 2023), but are welcome. If you are sick (not related to why you are coming to the Health Department), please consider rescheduling your appointment.
For more information or questions, contact 410-313-6300. For emergencies dial 9-1-1.
Interpretation services can be provided.
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 goal of the Community Engagement Team is to achieve health equity in Howard County by identifying and reducing health disparities through collaborative partnerships and building trusting relationships with the community.
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
The IPC Program monitors, investigates, responds to, reports, and provides prevention guidance to limit the spread and duration of illnesses caused by infectious diseases.
The IPC Program does not perform immunizations. Please contact our Health Clinic at 410-313-7500 for more information about Immunization services.
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 Assessment Evaluation and Review Services (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.
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.
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.
|September||Walktober Website Makes It Easy for Community to Get Moving and Stay Healthy|
|CAREAPP Mobile App Goes Live, Putting Resources at Residents' Fingertips|
|Howard County Issues a Heat Alert in Response to High Temperatures|
|August||Community Garden Project Provides Fresh Produce and Nutrition Education Opportunities for Students and Residents|
|July||Howard County Issues a Heat Alert in Response to High Temperatures|
|Connections to Prenatal, Postpartum Resources Streamlined Through Howard County Health Navigation Program|
|April||HCLHIC Launches Interactive Food Map|
|February||HCLHIC Receives State Funding to Continue Food Security Initiatives|
|2022||December||HCHD Awards Tobacco/Vaping, Diabetes and Chronic Disease Prevention Grants|
|October||Howard County School-Based Wellness Centers Expand Services for Students|
|September||Howard County Encourages Community to Get Moving for Walktober|
|August||Public Notification: Sewage Overflow 8-29-2022|
|Howard County Issues Health Advisory in Response to High Temperatures|
|July||Public Notification: Sewage Overflow 7-29-2022|
|Howard County Medical Reserve Corps Unit Receives $25,000 National Award|
|HCHD Awarded Funds to Address Health Disparities by Employing Local Organizations and Community Health Workers|
|Howard County Issues a Heat Warning in Response to High Temperatures|
|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|
Stay tuned for new funding opportunities!
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