altThe purpose of the Tri-County health planning board is to improve the health of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester county residents through increased accessibility, continuity, and availability of quality cost-effective health services.


Tri-County Health Planning Board: Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester counties

The Planning Board has been providing input into the development of local (lower shore) and statewide health planning documents since 1993. As a part of state wide health improvement process the planning board also developed Tri-County Health Improvement Plan (T-CHIP) by identifying top two health priorities common to all three counties.

The Board usually meets the last Wednesday of the months of January, May and October rotating between the three counties. For information call 410-632-1100 and ask for the Planning Program. All meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Minutes:


To join the tri-county obesity or diabetes advisory groups or a county group with a focus on another specific disease or condition, or for other questions, contact Matey Barker for Somerset, Brenda Williams for Wicomico and Jennifer LaMade  for Worcester.
For a listing of members of the individual county boards, health department staffs, regional interested parties, please click: Listing of Planning Board Members

Resources & Publications:
For more information about the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP): http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship
Maryland Community Health Resource Commission List of Grantees, February 2013
Tri County Report on Implementation of Health Improvement Plan, November 28, 2012
Tri County Health Improvement Plan, Feb. 29, 2012
Local Health Improvement Council Priorities Spreadsheet
Charts of Selected Black vs. White Chronic Disease SHIP Metrics (Eastern Maryland)
2009 Tri-County Community Health Assessment
County Health Ranking

 

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Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

 

Snow Hill, MD–The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment. The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and council members at the 27th Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception and celebrating the 35th year of the Council’s existence. This will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Worcester Career and Technology High School.

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Fatalities related to intoxication down in Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico in 2017

Snow Hill, MD- Deaths related to drug and alcohol intoxication, including opioid overdoses, are down in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, according to 3rd Quarter 2017 Overdose Data released by the Maryland Department of Health last week. From January through September 2016, compared to the same period in 2017, intoxication fatalities are down 20-percent in Somerset County, 42-percent in Worcester County, and 32-percent in Wicomico County. The drop-off in the Tri-County region comes at a time when overall drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland are on the rise.

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Public Education to Combat Statewide Opioid Epidemic

 Baltimore, MD (January 26, 2018) — The Maryland Department of Health today announced two multi-media advertising campaigns to help raise awareness and combat the state’s opioid epidemic.

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Proposed legislation, increased bed capacity, more positions will mitigate decade-long issue and improve care


Baltimore, MD (January 23, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Health today announced proposed departmental legislation, as well as administrative actions, to address longstanding systemic issues involving court-ordered placements for individuals requiring mental health treatment. The Department has worked diligently to reverse a nearly decade-long problem of backlogs for justice system-involved individuals who require court-ordered placement for mental illness treatment at its hospitals.

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Directs Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers; Announces Plans to Convert Former City Jail into a Secure Treatment Facility, Enhance Data Sharing Among First Responders, Strengthen Volume Dealer Law to Include Fentanyl

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today unveiled a series of executive actions and proposed legislation to continue the administration’s aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid crisis. The governor also authorized the Attorney General to file suit against select opioid manufacturers and distributors on the grounds that they have misled the public and helped to create the addiction crisis gripping Maryland and the nation.

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