Contact:
 Berlin Health Center
 Pocomoke Health Center

 
 Phone: 410-629-0164
 
 Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


altWomen's Health services support the health of women during the span of their reproductive years, with sensitivity to the special needs of adolescents. Examples of services include well women visits for reproductive health, screening for sexually transmitted infections, birth control, education on a variety of health issues, and pregnancy testing. During pregnancy, our free childbirth classes and Early Care program also focus on newborn health and safety. Center for Clean Start is designed to meet the special needs of women with drug or alcohol use during and after pregnancy. We understand that males have an important role in health of women, so males can also receive services for screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, attend childbirth classes and receive Early Care services. Women who are interested in mental health counseling can receive services listed under Mental Health Services on our website. For domestic abuse or suicidal thoughts after regular business hours, call 211 or 410-749-HELP and for concerns about Human Trafficking call 1-888-373-7888.


Early Care

Early Care is a home based community visiting service dedicated to promoting a healthy pregnancy and healthy birth outcome.  Eligibility includes pregnant women and infants less that one year old with high risk needs which may include concerns with domestic violence, housing or transportation; present or past alcohol or drug use in the family, a teenage or first time parent, or concerns with depression in the mother.  This is a free program designed to provide educational support and linkages to community resources based on the individual needs of the woman.

The goals of Early Care Program include:

  • reduction of infant mortality and low birth weight babies
  • elimination of the racial disparities in perinatal outcomes
  • promotion of maternal-infant health and safety
  • fostering infant growth and development

We serve all of Worcester County. Call 410-629-0164 for more information.
 

Who can get this service?

This service is available to pregnant women and infants younger than one year of age who are residents of Worcester County and who have high risk needs.

Where is this service provided?

Services are provided in the convenience of the client’s home or at any of the health department sites if requested.

How much does this service cost? 

This service is FREE.

 

SIDS Prevention:

Decrease your baby's chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Please always place your baby on his or her back, alone and in his/her crib for sleeping and napping. If you do not have an approved infant sleep surface for your baby, please call us. We have a limited supply of pack-n-plays available if you meet eligbility requirements. Call 410-629-0164 and ask to speak with the Early Care Program.

 

Free Childbirth Classes

FREE local childbirth classes taught by a nurse midwife for residents of Worcester and Somerset Counties who are first time moms regardless of insurance, teen moms,and women who have Maryland Medical Assistance or who are uninsured. Classes are available at both the Berlin and Pocomoke locations. Transportation is available for those who have no other option. Call for more information and to register for the class. 410-629-0164. 

 




Adolescent

Adolescents have special needs regarding pregnancy prevention, pregnancy support, and parenting support. County Health nurses assist teens, age 17 and under, in these areas.
Telephone: 410-632-1100


Additional Support and Information for Women

 

 

Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health patients are eligible to receive education on all contraceptive methods, a physical examination, and the birth control method. Other services include screening, education, treatment, and/or referral for HIV, and STD evaluation for male and female patients. Pregnancy testing is also available.   Anyone of child-bearing age may receive confidential Family Planning services at the Health Department.
 

 

Services

• Reproductive Health Services are available to assist individuals with the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children.
• Screening for cervical cancer

• Colposcopy referrals for abnormal paps.
• Screening for sexually transmitted infections.
• Contraceptive information and services.
• Pregnancy testing and referral.
• Health promotion/disease prevention education and referrals as needed.
• Level 1 infertility services
• Emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex.
• Easy appointment scheduling - can typically schedule new appointments within a week.

Who can get this service?

• Services are available to both males and females. 
• These services are available to any Worcester County resident in need of contraception.
• Due to Federal law, teens can receive confidential reproductive health services without parental permission.  We do encourage teens to involve their parent/guardian in all health care choices.

 


Hours and Locations:

Berlin Health Center
9730 Healthway Drive
Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-629-0164
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Pocomoke Health Center
400-A Walnut Street
Pocomoke, MD 21851
Phone: 410-957-2005
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.

FAQs

 

How much does it cost?
Charges for services may be covered by your insurance (call the number on the back of your insurance card to ask). If you do not have insurance, we can help you apply for it and/or have your charges "slid" (adjusted) based on your provided proof of income. Payment plans are available. Services are not denied based on inability to pay.

If I am a teen, do I need my parent’s permission for services?
Due to Federal law, teens can receive confidential reproductive health services without parental permission.  We do encourage teens to involve their parent/guardian in their health care choices. 

 

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program


Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) on the Eastern Shore
Do you or someone you know on the Eastern Shore need to be screened for cancer? The Maryland BCCP on the Eastern Shore provides breast and cervical cancer screenings at NO COST to women across the shore!
The three programs listed below coordinate breast and cervical cancer screening services for all Eastern Shore residents. Please contact one of the three programs for more information about no cost screenings and to schedule your appointment.


Upper Shore Region
Kent County Health Department
125 S. Lynchburg Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-778-7970

Mid-Shore Region
Caroline County Health Department
403 S. 7th Street Rm 268
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-8080

Lower Shore Region
Wicomico County Health Department
108 East Main Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
(mailing address)
410-548-5175
 

Center 4 Clean Start

Center 4 Clean Start  is an intensive program for pregnant and post-partum women who are experiencing difficulty with alcohol and/or drugs. Is a cooperative project between the Health Departments in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Provides dual diagnosis and family education services, as well as transitional housing for some of the women. Childcare is available on-site and transportation can be provided.

This service is provided by the Addictions Program.

Center 4 Clean Start
926 Snow Hill Road, Cottage 200
Salisbury, MD  21801

Phone: 410-742-3460

8:30-4:30 p.m.






 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Snow Hill, MD – The Worcester County Health Department is requesting mini-grant proposals from community-based organizations, workplaces, churches, or other interested organizations for youth teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education: Promoting Health Among Teens-Comprehensive education (PHAT-C). To be eligible for up to $2,500 in grant funding, your program must be an organization which serves young people in Worcester County. Funded organizations will be expected to deliver the PHAT-C education program to a minimum of 12-15 Worcester County youth ages 12-19.

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Snow Hill, MD-The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) requests smoking cessation, education and enforcement proposals for grant funding through Cigarette Restitution Funds by way of the Maryland Department of Health. Community-based organizations, churches, private groups, non-profits, and workplaces are encouraged to apply.

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(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Learn more tips for staying cool and safe during extreme heat by clicking the image below

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 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program