Organizational Structure

The Worcester County Health Department is led by Health Officer Rebecca L. Jones. The department is divided into six programs, listed below, each with a program director.

altOur behavioral health and ambulatory care programs are fully accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent  nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health organizations and programs in the United States.

Our behavioral health and ambulatory care programs are re-evaluated and accreditation is renewed every three years. The programs have maintained accreditation for 24 years.

Information about the safety and quality of accredited behavioral health and ambulatory care organizations is available to the public at www.qualitycheck.org.

Public Health Accreditation Board: As of 2014, Worcester County Health Department has received additional accreditation, with a primary focus on the provision of top quality core public health services, under the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)


The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standardsalt against which the nation’s more than 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures.

 



Below are the programs at the health department: 

altAddictions Program
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs provide Worcester County residents with different levels of treatment, at several sites, based on the individual needs of the client.  Read more...

 

altCase Management Program
The Case Management Unit offers a variety of services including assistance with obtaining entitlements, assistance with locating housing, as well as locating community resources to meet individual needs.  Each individual that qualifies for services will be assigned a Case Manager to assist with meeting their needs. Read more...
 

altCommunity Health
The Community Health Program provides a variety of services including immunizations, family planning assistance, HIV, STD and TB monitoring. The program also contains the Maryland Access Point staff. The Community Health Program is also responsible for the Emergency Preparedness functions of the Health Department and led the response to the H1N1 Flu pandemic. Read more...

alt Dental
The Worcester County Dental Center serves patients who are uninsured, underinsured or enrolled in Maryland Healthy Smiles Program AND are under 21 OR  pregnant.    The Worcester County Dental Center is located at 107 William Street in Berlin.  
Phone: 410-641-0240  Cost varies with Service.  Sliding scale based on income.


  altEnvironmental Health Program
The Environmental Health Program is responsible for licensing and inspection of food establishments, pools and spas, and body piercing establishments and piercers. They are also responsible for food borne illness outbreak investigations, rabies exposure and animal bite investigations, and health related nuisance complaint investigations. Read more...

altMental Health Program
The Mental Health Program provides mental health counseling and referral. Services include individual, group, and family counseling, in-school programs for youth, summer programs, in-home services for the chronically mental ill, and a Crisis Response Team designed to provide 24-hour-a-day response for individuals with a psychiatric or substance abuse disorder who are in crisis. Read more...

altPrevention Program
The Prevention Program promotes healthy practices by providing educational programs, trainings, screenings, and resource materials. Some sample programs include smoking cessation, nutrition counseling, the Just Walk program, blood pressure screening, cancer screening,  lunchtime fitness programs, diabetes support groups, and child safety seats. Services are available to community groups, youth groups, schools, churches, and worksites. Read more...

altPlanning Program

The Planning Program leads the Health Department's Quality Assurance initiatives, strategic planning, certification projects, and data collection and tracking. The Planning Program also contains the Core Services Agency staff. Read more...


altAdministration Program
The Administration Program provides support functions for the rest of the organization including Accounting, Billing, Facilities Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Read more...
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

 MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Worcester County Health Department is to promote health, well being, and a safe environment.

The Health Department does this by:

Assessing community needs

Developing appropriate policy to promote health and well being

Providing, or assuring the provision of needed quality health services

WCHD News

 

(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Flu season is fully underway but it's not too late to reduce your risk. Flu vaccines are still available in Worcester County and simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands, staying home when you're sick, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the flu. To learn more call 410-632-1100 or click the image below to visit the CDC page on flu prevention. 

 

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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