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Worcester Health Hosts 5th Annual Public Health Conference PDF Print E-mail

Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2014 by hosting its 5th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:18
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Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Snow Hill, Md. – Open enrollment for qualified health plans through Maryland Health Connection ends March 31, 2014. This is the last chance for consumers to get health insurance through the state's marketplace until the next open enrollment period. Qualified health plan applications submitted by March 31, 2014 will have coverage effective May 1, 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:29
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Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council Seeking Nominations for Prevention Honorees PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (March 7, 2014) – The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding community contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment.  The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and Council members at  the 23nd Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception.  The reception will be held at the Worcester Career and Technology High School on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. and will celebrate the 31st year of the Council’s existence.  

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TAKE A DEEP BREATH- YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING! PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (March 7, 2014) – The Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers make changes that lead to tobacco-free lifestyles.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 16:08
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Take Time To 'Share Knowledge and Take Action' On National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (March 6, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH), and local community organizations in observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. This year’s theme is “Share Knowledge, Take Action.”

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 13:09
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Maryland Provides 100,000 Fluoride Varnish Applications to Children Across the State PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 27, 2014) -- Maryland officials announced today that it reached a significant milestone – 100,000 fluoride varnish applications have been applied by medical providers through Maryland’s Mouths Matters fluoride varnish program, an initiative launched in 2009 designed to prevent tooth decay in high-risk children throughout the state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:27
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Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program March Outreach Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (February 27, 2014) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an ongoing outreach and education campaign to reach uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. The program held public and private outreach events in February to educate communities about Maryland’s health insurance exchange and the local consumer assistance program. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
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Worcester County Recognizes Alcohol Licensees Which Passed Compliance in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (February 26, 2014) – The Worcester County Health Department and the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council are hosting an Alcohol Licensee Recognition Breakfast on Friday, February 28th.  This event is held to show appreciation to 103 alcohol retailers in Worcester County for complying with the law by refusing to sell alcohol to an underage cadet. These retailers will be recognized for protecting the health and safety of residents and visitors in the community by preventing underage access to alcohol.  

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HealthConnectNow! Enrollment Event to Be Held at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
 
Salisbury, Md. (February 20, 2014)  - HealthConnectNow! Enrollment Event to Be Held at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:49
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Bernard A. Simons Appointed Director of Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (February 18, 2014) - Bernard A. Simons has been hired as director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary, today announced.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:29
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Statewide assessment reveals oral health of Maryland school children has improved over last decade PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (February 18, 2014) — The number of Maryland children with untreated tooth
decay decreased by approximately 41 percent between 2001 and 2011, according to the results of the Oral Health Survey of Maryland School Children, 2011-2012, conducted by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Office of Oral Health. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:25
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DHMH TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY FEBRUARY 7TH PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African American organizations, and local public health agencies in observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) tomorrow, February 7. NBHAAD is a national community mobilization initiative to encourage African Americans to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated for HIV/AIDS. The 2014 NBHAAD theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Health Department Sponsors Walking Tour of the Human Heart PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (February 4, 2014) - The Worcester County Health Department invites county residents to come take a walk inside the human heart and learn how it works and how to keep it healthy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:27
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February is Children’s Dental Health Month PDF Print E-mail
Berlin, Md. (February 4, 2014) – February marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day and a month long focus on Children’s Dental Health. It is a perfect opportunity to use a new educational bulletin board titled “Love That Smile” downloadable from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Oral Health website, http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/oralhealth. The free bulletin board highlights proven ways to prevent tooth decay including proper brushing and flossing, oral injury prevention, nutrition, and the importance of fluoride and sealants. 

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DHMH Releases Report on Continuity of Care for the Seriously Mentally Ill PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 21, 2014) -- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released the report of the Continuity of Care Advisory Panel. At the direction of Governor O’Malley, the Department convened the advisory panel – which included state and national behavioral health experts, consumers and stakeholders – to make recommendations to strengthen Maryland’s public behavioral health service delivery system, improve health outcomes, and address deficiencies that lead to interruptions in care for individuals with serious mental illness.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 14:34
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TAXPAYER SUPPORT BOOSTS MARYLAND CANCER FUND PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2014) –This tax season, Marylanders can join the cancer fight with a quick checkmark when completing their state income tax form, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Maryland income tax form provides state residents the opportunity to donate to the Maryland Cancer Fund which in turn supports cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment programs. Donations are its only source of funding. 

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DHMH Warns of Potent and Deadly Drug Combination PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2014) --- Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
(OCME) reports an increase in the number of deaths linked to a potent and deadly batch of
heroin that is tainted with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, DHMH announced today.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 13:56
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New Report Provides Health Data and Resources for Maryland’s Black or African American Community PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 31, 2014) — The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released a new report, “Blacks or African Americans in Maryland: Health Data and Resources,” the fourth in a series to raise awareness of health conditions and provide educational resources for minority populations in the state.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 16:33
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Health Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers - Generator Safety Precautions Can Help Prevent Poisoning PDF Print E-mail

Snow Hill, Maryland- January 21, 2014.  The Worcester County Health Department advises the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 12:37
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Tri County Go Red Planning Committee Seeks Recipes for Cooking Demonstration PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (December 20, 2013) - The Tri County Go Red Planning Committee will sponsor its’ 10th Annual Tri County Go Red Event on Wednesday, February 5th from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Avery Hall Educational Center located at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  The purpose of the event is to educate women about heart disease, risk factors, and prevention.  This year’s event will feature a cooking demonstration by a registered dietitian.  

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Take a deep breath- you can quit smoking! PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (December 20, 2013) – With the arrival of the new year, it is a great time to make healthy lifestyle behavior changes. January is a good time for those who are still struggling with a smoking habit to treat themselves and their loved ones to a healthier future. 

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State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Launches for Healthcare Providers PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (December 20, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced the launch of healthcare provider access to Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The goal of the PDMP is to assist providers, public health professionals and other stakeholders in reducing the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. 

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The Maryland Tobacco Quitline Provides the Gift of Support Free Services Help Tobacco-users Quit for the New Year PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 18, 2013) — Quitting tobacco use is the single most important step a tobacco user can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. Quitting tobacco can be hard, so a good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal. Five steps that can help: 

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Statement from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board PDF Print E-mail
(BALTIMORE) December 6, 2013 -- On behalf of the Board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, board Chairman Joshua M. Sharfstein today released the following statement: 

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DHMH Begins Extreme Cold Weather Monitoring and Reporting; First hypothermia-related death for the season confirmed PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 4, 2013) — The first Maryland death related to hypothermia this season has been reported, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH). The death was an adult male (aged 18-65 years) in Prince George's County. No additional details will be released to protect the privacy of his family.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:14
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Worcester Health Encourages Flu Vaccination PDF Print E-mail
 
SNOW HILL, Md. (December 4, 2013) –In celebration of National Influenza Vaccination week that begins December 8,2013, the Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2013-2014 seasonal flu.
   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:40
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Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program December Outreach Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (December 3, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an extensive outreach and education campaign planned that will reach hundreds of uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in December.

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DHMH to Commemorate World AIDS Day's 25th Anniversary Dec. 1st PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (November 26, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) World AIDS Campaign, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in supporting the 25th anniversary observance of World AIDS Day this Sunday, December 1st.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:33
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Community Resource Day for the Homeless PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (November 24, 2013) – The Worcester County Homeless Committee will host a Community Resource Day for homeless people or people at risk of homelessness from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on December 4 at Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 Main Street in Berlin. 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:02
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The Maryland Tobacco Quitline Provides Free Medication for Residents to Support Tobacco Cessation during the Great American Smokeout® PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (November 20, 2013) — November 21, 2013, is the Great American Smokeout® – providing Maryland residents who need help quitting tobacco the perfect opportunity to make the decision to enroll in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Maryland Tobacco Quitline.
 
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New Times for Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (November 18, 2013) – Changes have been made to the previously published listing of November outreach events for the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 11:42
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State Issues New Parental Consent Form for the Use of Indoor Tanning Devices by Minors PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (November 15, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has finalized revisions to the form that tanning facilities must use to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian before a minor may use a tanning device. State law enacted in 2008 prohibits tanning facilities from allowing minors to use tanning devices without written consent from a parent or legal guardian.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 11:30
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DHMH Working with FDA to Trace Recalled Products Due to Listeria Contamination PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (November 8, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Maryland local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to trace and recall products potentially contaminated with the Listeria bacteria. Listeria are bacteria that can be found in dust, soil, water, sewage, and in the environment. Listeria can multiply in refrigerated food that is contaminated.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:17
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Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program November Outreach Events PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 31, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an extensive outreach and education campaign planned that will reach hundreds of uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties in November.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:22
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Community Resource Day for the Homeless PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 31, 2013) – The Worcester County Homeless Committee will host a Community Resource Day for homeless people or people at risk of homelessness from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on November 1 at Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City.
   
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:06
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WORCESTER COUNTY REPORTS FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF RABIES IN FAMILY PET FOR 2013 PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL (Oct. 28, 2013) - Worcester County Health Department confirms that a dog from the Snow Hill area has been laboratory confirmed positive for rabies.  The dog, a family pet, had a fight with a raccoon several weeks ago, prior to the development of symptoms of rabies last week.   Once rabies symptoms developed in the dog, the owner notified Worcester County Animal Control.  Based on those symptoms and the reported exposure to a raccoon, the Health Department was contacted and the dog was euthanized and sent for rabies testing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Rabies Laboratory.  The positive results were received late Friday.  A number of individuals, mostly family, were exposed to the rabid dog and appropriate medical assessments were initiated on Friday for those exposed and post exposure rabies treatment started.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:01
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CHRC RELEASES FY 2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS; PUBLIC INFORMATION CALL SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT 10 AM PDF Print E-mail
Annapolis (October 24, 2014) - The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) today issued its annual Call for Proposals to solicit grant proposals to increase access to health care, address health disparities, and help reduce hospital admissions and readmissions. The Commission will award a total of $2.85 million this year.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 11:01
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You Can Become a Non-Smoker PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 23, 2013) - November 21 is National Great American Smokeout Day.  For individuals thinking about quitting smoking, this may be the best day to do it.   The Great American Smokeout may offer just the support you need by knowing that other smokers are also giving up cigarettes for the day. 
   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:34
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MARYLAND MEDICAID LAUNCHES NEW TELEMEDICINE PROGRAMS PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (October 22, 2013)— The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program will now reimburse approved health care providers for services delivered via telemedicine.

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The Maryland Health Connection Tour Bus Visits the Lower Eastern Shore PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 21, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is partnering with Maryland Health Connection to host mobile education and enrollment sessions in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties October 24-26.
    
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Worcester County Holds Operation Medicine Drop PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (October 18, 2013) – Operation Medicine Drop, a one-day drug take back effort, has been slated for Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Worcester County residents are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused, or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications to several locations throughout the county. 
   
Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:03
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First Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day Planned For Worcester County PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 16, 2013)  Since 1999, those who have lost loved ones to suicide have gathered the weekend before Thanksgiving to find comfort from others who share the same tragedy.  On Saturday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Snow Hill branch of the Worcester County Public Library (307 North Washington Street), the first annual International Survivors of Suicide Day has been scheduled.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:15
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WORCESTER SCHEDULES FLU VACCINATION CLINICS PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, Md. (October 8, 2013) – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2013-2014 seasonal flu. Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with the first laboratory-confirmed case identified in a child from the National Capital Region who was briefly hospitalized and is now recovering, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:26
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STATE HOSTS MINORITY HEALTH EQUITY SUMMIT ON FRIDAY PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (Oct. 11, 2013) — The tenth annual Maryland Health Disparities Conference will be held Friday, October 11, on the Eastern Shore and features speakers from MDs General Assembly and state health partners.

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The Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Berlin Parks Commission Partner to Promote Just Walk Berlin PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 7, 2013) – Fall in to fitness this November and participate in the 2nd Annual Just Walk Berlin event to be held on Saturday, November 9 (rain date: November 16) at Stephen Decatur Park, Rt. 113 and Tripoli Street, Berlin.
   
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 15:27
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MARYLAND WIC IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, Md. (October 4, 2013) -- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today reminded Marylanders that, despite the federal government shutdown, the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is continuing operations. All Maryland WIC clinics are open for business, and all authorized Maryland WIC vendors are accepting and honoring WIC checks.

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FIRST MARYLAND INFLUENZA CASE OF 2013-14 SEASON CONFIRMED PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (October 3, 2013) - Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with the first laboratory-confirmed case identified in a child from the National Capital Region who was briefly hospitalized and is now recovering, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. The flu strain detected was type A (H1N1) influenza. Last season, the first case of influenza was reported on October 19, 2012.

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Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Update PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md.  (October 1, 2013) - The State of Maryland is committed to serving the 100,000 families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for as long as possible during the government shutdown. All Maryland WIC operations are open for business. All authorized Maryland WIC vendors are accepting and honoring Maryland WIC checks.
 
 
Out of the Darkness Community Suicide Awareness Walk raises more than $35,000 PDF Print E-mail
Ocean City, Md. (October 1, 2013) – The second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Ocean City has raised more than $35,000 doubling the amount raised at last year’s walk.

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The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Announces Outreach Events for the Month of October PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (October 1, 2013) – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is happy to announce the launch of their strategic outreach and public awareness for the month of October, with the purpose of educating residents of the tri-county area about health insurance options offered via Maryland Health Connection.

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Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Posts Revised Proposal for Modernization of Maryland’s All-Payer Hospital System for Comment PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 27, 2013)—Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and John M. Colmers, Chair of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, today posted for public comment a revised proposal for modernization of Maryland’s unique all-payer hospital system.

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MHCC Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Improve Insurance Rate Reviews PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 26, 2013)- The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has been awarded a nearly $2.9 million grant to enhance Maryland’s All Payer Claims Database (APCD), which contains health insurance claim information from private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid. MHCC will develop new systems to more quickly collect claim information and, working with the Maryland Insurance Administration, will develop tools that allow the Insurance Administration to better assess whether proposed premium increases are justified.

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DHMH Tests Public Health Emergency Plans in Statewide Exercise PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (September 26, 2013) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Preparedness and Response this week held a large-scale statewide Strategic National Stockpile Distribution Exercise to evaluate preparedness for potential public health emergencies. DHMH sponsors and participates in a variety of drills and exercises throughout the year in order to test various emergency response measures.

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Maryland Recognizes “World Rabies Day” PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 26, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) on September 28, 2013, will join partners in Maryland and around the world to recognize the seventh annual World Rabies Day, a worldwide event to raise awareness about the impact of rabies in humans and animals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:59
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Lower Shore Call Center for Health Insurance Assistance PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 25, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has launched a public hotline, 855-445-5540, to help residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties apply for affordable health insurance options offered though the state health insurance exchange, Maryland Health Connection.

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WORCESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AWARDED BOTH AMBULATORY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 25, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has earned prestigious Joint Commission accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in both ambulatory and behavioral health care. Achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission is a team effort that brings confidence to patients and provides a framework for the best care possible.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Out of Darkness – Suicide Awareness Walk PDF Print E-mail
 
Ocean City, Md. (September 25, 2013) – The public and media are invited to participate in the second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to promote awareness about suicide prevention. 
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Maryland Health Care Commission releases 2013 report measuring quality and performance among commercial health benefit plans in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 23, 2013) The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has released its 2013 Health Benefit Plan Quality and Performance Report: Measuring the Quality and Performance of Maryland’s Commercial Health Benefit Plans which presents quality and performance information on individual and authorized combinations of health maintenance organization (HMO) plans, point of service (POS) plans, preferred provider organization (PPO) plans, and exclusive provider organization (EPO) plans operating in Maryland. This report will also be available to consumers through a link on Maryland Health Connection.
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NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY IS SEPTEMBER 27TH PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, Maryland (September 23, 2013) - On September 27, 2013 the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), will join the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Greater than AIDS” Campaign, and state and local partners to observe National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). This years’ observance will include holding a community forum at the Enoch Pratt Central Library and providing free HIV testing at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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WORCESTER COUNTY SCHEDULES TWO 2013 FALL RABIES CLINICS PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, Md. (September 23, 2013) – Pet owners, mark your calendars and take advantage of the inexpensive rabies vaccination clinics offered this fall by the Worcester County Health Department and Animal Control.  These low cost rabies clinics are offered in order to assist residents in protecting their pets from this deadly disease, as required by law. 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 12:31
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Informal Comments Requested on Draft Proposed Regulations for Naloxone Overdose Response Program PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2013) -- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
announces that draft proposed regulations to implement an Overdose Response Program (ORP)
are posted for public comment. These regulations, authorized under legislation passed in May
2013, allow trained individuals to administer naloxone to reverse opioid-related overdose when
medical services are not immediately available.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 12:29
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Comments Requested on the Marcellus Shale Project PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 18, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announces two public meetings to receive public input regarding the study of potential public health impacts associated with the possible development of the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland. DHMH is overseeing the study, which will be performed by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health.
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Worcester County Health Department sponsors FREE “Life Saving” Program PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, Md. (September 16, 2013) – Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with a free 16-week program offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., beginning October 7, 2013 at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 409 Oxford Street in Pocomoke City.   
   
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 15:37
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State Receives $6.4 M in Federal Funding to Expand Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Services PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2013) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced today that the DHMH Office of Family Planning and Home Visiting has been awarded a two year $6.4 million “Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) Expansion” grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The aim of the grant is to expand the availability of home visiting programs to improve outcomes and reduce health and developmental disparities for at risk expectant families and families with young children. Maryland is one of 13 states to receive this competitive award which is renewable for another year. For the last three years, Maryland has also received an annual MIECHV formula grant of $1.3 million.

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Governor Martin O'Malley Announces Appointments to Maryland's Medical Marijuana Commission PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (September 12, 2013) - Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed eleven members to the Medical Marijuana Commission as designated by HB 1101. The legislation, passed during the recent General Assembly session, creates a Commission that has the authority to permit academic research centers to design and implement programs that make marijuana available for medical purposes to defined groups of patients.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:26
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Worcester County Sees Increase in Calls Regarding Bats in Homes PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 12, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has received an increase in calls related to bats in homes over the past few weeks.  This is the time of year that bats may be leaving the colony location and can occasionally be found on the outside of homes or buildings or in unsecured openings in homes.  
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Take a Deep Breath – You Can Quit Smoking! PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 11, 2013) - The Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers establish new behavior patterns that can lead to a tobacco free lifestyle and are encouraging smokers to join one of the FREE “Motivation to Quit” smoking cessation group classes.  Classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. on October 1 at the Berlin Health Center and on October 3 at the Pocomoke Health Center.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:01
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The Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Snow Hill Partner to Promote Snow Hill Safe and Healthy Walk PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (September 11, 2013) – Fall in to fitness this October and participate in the inaugural Snow Hill Safe and Healthy Walk to be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2nd at Byrd Park on Market Street in Snow Hill. This is a FREE event co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Snow Hill. The first 50 participants will receive a free personal flashlight.
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DHMH JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ON SUICIDE PREVENTION PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (September 10, 2013) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th – 14th.   This year's campaign encourages people to reach out through their community circles on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to highlight prevention efforts and link to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.facebook.com/800273TALK.

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Prevent West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Risk PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, Md. (August 28, 2013) – The Wicomico and Worcester County Health Departments received updated test results from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in southern Worcester County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  In Wicomico County, there was one pool that tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), one pool that tested positive for EEE, and an additional pool tested positive for both.  The pools were sampled in remote, low lying areas of the counties, usually known to have standing water year round. This is in addition to the single sample of mosquitoes from Ocean Pines that tested positive for WNV last week.  

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Two Grants Provide Care for Children with Special Needs PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (August 27, 2013) - The Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD), in coordination with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), has been awarded two grants to help improve the identification and care of children with autism spectrum disorders, other developmental disabilities and epilepsy. The grant funding is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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West Nile Virus Detected in Maryland Residents PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (August 23, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced that three West Nile Virus (WNV) cases have been confirmed. These are the first confirmed cases of WNV in Maryland in 2013. All three infected individuals are adults who live in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. West Nile virus has also been detected in mosquito pools collected in Montgomery County and Worcester County. A mosquito pool is a group of mosquitoes collected at one of several trap sites across the State.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 12:26
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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed in Maryland Horse PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (August 16, 2013) – A case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed in a horse in Worcester County. The horse tested positive for EEE which, like West Nile virus, is spread by mosquitoes. Officials remind Marylanders to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
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Worcester County Health Department Sponsors Free Diabetes Support Groups in Pocomoke and Snow Hill PDF Print E-mail
Snow Hill, MD (August 14, 2013) - Do you or a family member have diabetes and need additional resources and support?  The Worcester County Health Department sponsors a monthly diabetes support group in Pocomoke and Snow Hill.  Anyone interested in learning more about diabetes and its treatment is invited to attend.  
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Prevent West Nile Virus Risk PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, MD (August 14, 2013) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification that a single sample of mosquitoes from the Ocean Pines area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first West Nile virus positive mosquito sample for Worcester County this year. West Nile Virus was first identified in Worcester County in 2003.
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Emergency Preparedness Night at the Shorebirds PDF Print E-mail
 SALISBURY, MD (August 13, 2013) – The health departments of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 16th at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Lakewood Blueclaws at 7:05 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:05
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Second Annual Ocean City Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention PDF Print E-mail
OCEAN CITY, MD (August 13, 2013)At 10am on Saturday, September 28 at the Worcester County Health Department on Caroline Street in Ocean City, suicide prevention activists will gather for the Second Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention.    

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:42
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Worcester County Announces Cigarette Restitution Fund Mini Grants PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, MD (August 13, 2013) – The Worcester County Health Department is requesting proposals to address tobacco control as a result of receiving Cigarette Restitution Funds through the State of Maryland.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:49
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Governor O’Malley joins Federal, State and Local Officials to Discuss Drug Overdoses PDF Print E-mail
ELKTON (August 9, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley today joined federal, state and local officials at a public roundtable to address drug overdose deaths in Cecil County and statewide, and discuss efforts to prevent overdoses and increase access to substance abuse treatment. Maryland has adopted a new strategic goal to reduce overdose deaths 20 percent statewide by the end of 2015.
Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 15:24
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Dr. Patricia Tomsko Nay Appointed Executive Director of Office of Health Care Quality PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (August 7, 2013) – Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein today announced the appointment of Dr. Tricia Tomsko Nay as the Executive Director of the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ). OHCQ is the licensing and regulatory agency that monitors the quality of care in 14,000 health care facilities and community based programs across Maryland. Dr. Nay joined OHCQ as the Medical Director in 2008 and has been the Acting Executive Director since January 2013.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:30
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Maryland Hospitals Commit to Better Support for New Breastfeeding Mothers PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE, MD (August 5, 2013) –Less than nine months after the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) launched a statewide initiative to improve the support that hospitals give to breastfeeding mothers, all 32 birthing hospitals in Maryland have committed to adopt Maryland's Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations or become certified as 'Baby-Friendly.' Studies have shown that breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for both infants and mothers.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 12:01
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New Report Provides Health Data and Resources for Maryland’s American Indian and Alaska Native Community PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (July 24, 2013) — The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released a new report, “American Indians and Alaska Natives in Maryland: Health Data and Resources,” the third in a series to raise awareness of health conditions and provide educational resources for minority populations in the state.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:26
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Snow Hill Senior Center to Open as a Cooling Center this Weekend PDF Print E-mail
SNOW HILL, MD (July 19, 2013) Because of the continuing heat index,the Snow Hill Senior Center will be opened as a cooling center on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 from 9AM to 5PM. Transportation to the center will be available through Shore Transit.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 08:27
 
New Report Provides Health Data and Resources for Maryland Hispanic Community Report is part of a series highlighting health data for specific racial and ethnic groups PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (July 18, 2013) - The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released a new report, "Hispanics in Maryland: Health Data and Resources,” the second in a series to raise awareness of health conditions and provide educational resources for minority populations in the state. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:36
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Maryland Department of Environment Issues Air Quality Alert PDF Print E-mail
 WORCESTER COUNTY (July 17, 2013) The Maryland Department of the Environment issued an Air Quality Alert for today, and the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, with a heat index of over 100 degrees.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:18
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Senior Centers Open as Cooling Centers PDF Print E-mail
The Worcester County Commission on Aging will have Senior Centers in Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Berlin, and Ocean City open as cooling centers on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 from 9AM to 3:30PM. These cooling centers are for adults 55+.
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Majority of Marylanders Believe Climate Change Poses Public Health Threat Survey Examined Attitudes about Climate Change and Public Health PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (July 17, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in conjunction with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland and George Mason University, today released the results of the first comprehensive survey of Maryland residents to find out what they think about the public health impacts of climate change. The survey was conducted, in part, to help the Department understand public attitudes about health and the environment, and particularly about two important environmental changes occurring today: climate change and changes in the energy picture of the State and nation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:05
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Public Health Update: State and Local Officials Respond to Increase in Heroin Overdoses PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (July 10, 2013) – Health and law enforcement officials across Maryland are taking steps to counter an increase in the number of heroin-related overdose deaths. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today released a report today showing that the number of heroin-related overdose deaths increased from 245 in 2011 to 378 in 2012, a 54 percent rise. This increase led to a 15 percent rise in the total number of fatal drug- and alcohol-related overdoses in the State, from 663 in 2011 to 761 in 2012.
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Worcester County Health Department urges caution concerning aggressive wildlife in Ocean City PDF Print E-mail
Ocean City, Md. – Worcester County Health Department warns citizens and visitors in Ocean City to exercise caution and report immediately any aggressive wildlife, i.e. raccoons, foxes, skunks, and/or feral cats to local law enforcement/animal control. 
Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 13:29
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Woodstock Organic Pomegranate Kernels Recall PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (July 3, 2013) – The Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon, has voluntarily recalled 5,091 cases of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Information gathered during investigations by state public health departments, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicates that these pomegranate kernels have the potential to be contaminated with hepatitis A virus.
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Department to Convene Continuity of Care Advisory Panel Members of the public invited to serve on stakeholder workgroups PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (July 3, 2013) -- Recognizing that effective treatments for serious mental illness can help individuals live healthier, more fulfilling lives, Governor Martin O’Malley has directed the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to convene an advisory panel to explore ways to enhance continuity of care for individuals with serious mental illness. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 12:02
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West Nile Virus Surveillance Begins Officials Urge Marylanders to Take Precautions PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (July 1, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today will begin tracking West Nile virus (WNV) cases for the 2013 season. Officials remind Marylanders to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites in order to prevent West Nile Virus. 
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Program Connecting Primary Care Providers to Mental Health Services for Youth to Expand PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (July 1, 2013) – Beginning today, a program that supports the efforts of primary care providers who see children and youth to assess and manage mental health concerns in their patients will expand to serve the entire state. Maryland Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (B-HIPP) is a collaboration between the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the State Department of Education, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Salisbury University Department of Social Work.
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Update on Worcester County Health Department’s investigation into rabid raccoon situation in Ocean City PDF Print E-mail
Ocean City, Md. – Worcester County Health Department confirmed late yesterday afternoon that a raccoon that attacked a man in north Ocean City tested positive for rabies.
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Maryland’s Ban on Sale of Crib Bumper Pads Takes Effect Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (June 20, 2013) – Tomorrow, June 21, 2013, Maryland’s statewide ban on the sale of crib bumper pads will take effect.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:12
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Worcester County Health Department Investigates Rabid Raccoon Situation in Ocean City PDF Print E-mail
 Ocean City, Md. – Worcester County Health Department confirmed late yesterday afternoon that a raccoon that attacked a person in north Ocean City tested positive for rabies.
 
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Hospital Patient Safety Report Provides Data, Analysis, and Recommendations PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE (June 13, 2013) – The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) has released its annual Hospital Patient Safety Report, which analyzes the serious adverse events reported by Maryland hospitals in Fiscal Year 2012.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 09:47
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Burial Service to Be Held for Anatomical Donors PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE, MD (June 12, 2013) -- A burial service will be held on Monday, June 17 at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville for those people who have donated their bodies to science in the state of Maryland. The interdenominational service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. across from the Patterson House. A proclamation will be presented from the office of Governor Martin O’Malley recognizing Monday, June 17, 2013, as "Anatomical Donor Appreciation Day" in Maryland.
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WORCESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPONSORS “LIFE SAVING” PROGRAM AT COMMUNITY CHURCH AT OCEAN PINES PDF Print E-mail
 Snow Hill, Md. – Beginning on July 8 in Ocean Pines, get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions. The Lifestyle Balance Program will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. for 16 weeks at the Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road in Berlin, MD. The program will continue to meet once/month for six months following conclusion of the initial 16 week core education program.
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TAKE A DEEP BREATH- YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING! PDF Print E-mail
 Snow Hill, Md. – Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers establish new behavior patterns that lead to a tobacco free lifestyle. Smoking cessation aids (CHANTIX, gum, patch, lozenges) are available through a voucher program.
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DHMH Seeks Public Comment on Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures PDF Print E-mail
 BALTIMORE (June 12, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is seeking public comment as it prepares to draft regulations for the oversight of cosmetic surgery procedures in Maryland.
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Marylanders Should Not to Consume Certain Frozen Berry and Pomegranate Mix Products PDF Print E-mail
 Baltimore (June 6, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) advises residents not to consume or purchase certain lots of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend sold at Costco and Harris Teeter grocery stores that have been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A. The blend contains a mix of berries, cherries, and pomegranate. While initial reports suggested that the implicated lots of this product were distributed only on the west coast, it now appears that product was distributed more broadly, including to Maryland.
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DHMH Reminds Marylanders to Stay Safe in Hot Weather PDF Print E-mail
 
BALTIMORE, MD (May 29, 2013) – As Maryland prepares for the first heat wave of 2013, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds Marylanders to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat- related illnesses. 
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Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2014 by hosting its 5th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City.

 

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Snow Hill, Md. – Open enrollment for qualified health plans through Maryland Health Connection ends March 31, 2014. This is the last chance for consumers to get health insurance through the state's marketplace until the next open enrollment period. Qualified health plan applications submitted by March 31, 2014 will have coverage effective May 1, 2014.

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Snow Hill, Md. (March 7, 2014) – The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding community contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment.  The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and Council members at  the 23nd Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception.  The reception will be held at the Worcester Career and Technology High School on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. and will celebrate the 31st year of the Council’s existence.  

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