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Rabid Bat Population Increases in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Rabid bat population increases in Maryland. 10th annual World Rabies Day promotes prevention of potentially fatal disease.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 28, 2016) – For the second consecutive year, Maryland is experiencing an increase in the number of rabid bats. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is promoting the World Rabies Day theme of “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” to increase awareness about the world’s most fatal disease and how to prevent it.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:27
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2016 Maryland Overdose Deaths Continue Grim Trend PDF Print E-mail
2016 Maryland overdose deaths continue grim trend; 920 have died so far. Health Secretary Mitchell repeats warning about fentanyl in new PSA.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the second-quarter 2016 data report of fatal overdoses. From January to June, Maryland saw 920 deaths related to overdose, 319 more than this point last year. The report is posted at https://goo.gl/oNlvlz.   
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:26
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Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Maryland, Sept. 18-24, 2016. From 1999-2014, rate of fatal falls among U.S. seniors increased by 100 percent.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2016) – Maryland seniors go to the emergency room for falls more than for any other type of injury. To bring awareness to the dangers of falling, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has designated the week of September 18-24, 2016, to be Falls Prevention Awareness Week.  
Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2016 12:40
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Maryland Medicaid Initiative to Incentivize Counseling in Drug Treatment PDF Print E-mail
Maryland Medicaid initiative to incentivize counseling in drug treatment. Change will update reimbursements to Medication Assisted Treatment providers.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 6, 2016) – Today, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announces that effective March 1, 2017, it will implement a new payment policy for community-based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – a clinical intervention that combines the use of medications and substance use disorder counseling.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:57
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Be Ready for Any Emergency: September is National Preparedness Month PDF Print E-mail
Be Ready for Any Emergency: September is National Preparedness Month
 
 
Snow Hill, MD – Would you be ready in the event of a major storm, natural disaster, or other emergency? Do you have enough supplies at home to survive for several days on your own or the knowledge of what risks to look for during an emergency? Worcester County Health Department encourages all residents to, Don’t Wait, Communicate, Make Your Emergency Plan Today, as part of National Preparedness Month this September.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 15:15
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Health Announces Suicide Prevention App PDF Print E-mail
Health announces suicide prevention app, including self-reporting app. State hosting ‘There Is Hope’ event at department headquarters Sept. 6 

Baltimore, MD (September 2, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene joins the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week, September 4-10 and will host a “There Is Hope” Suicide Prevention Week event Sept. 6 in Baltimore.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 15:09
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Medicaid Selects MCO Participants for First Phase of Type 2 Diabetes Project PDF Print E-mail
Medicaid selects MCO participants for first phase of type 2 diabetes project. Maryland was 1 of 2 states awarded funding for 2-year prevention effort.
 
Baltimore, MD (August 30, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has selected the managed care organizations (MCOs) that will participate in a demonstration project to show ways to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to Medicaid recipients. Earlier this summer, Maryland was one of two states awarded funding for the program.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:10
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First Maryland Case of West Nile Virus in 2016 Confirmed PDF Print E-mail
First Maryland case of West Nile Virus in 2016 is confirmed. Residents urged to take basic steps to reduce risk from mosquito-borne disease.
 
Baltimore, MD (August 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The patient, an adult who lives in Western Maryland, survived the infection.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 14:51
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DHMH Recognizes World Hepatitis Day PDF Print E-mail
DHMH recognizes World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis C (HCV) medications now available for specific clients.
 
BALTIMORE, MD (July 28, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA), and the Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau (IDPHSB) join the nation in the observance of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2016.  At this time, DHMH is proud to formally announce the expansion of the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP) formulary to include medications for hepatitis C. This action allows MADAP clients access to treatments known to cure hepatitis C in as little as 12-24 weeks. Hepatitis C medications added to the formulary in April 2016 include: 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 14:24
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Department Launches Winnable Battles PDF Print E-mail
Dept. launches Winnable Battles, refines focus on 6 areas for Marylanders. Aligns with broader CDC campaign, seeks improved health indicators in a year.
 
Baltimore, MD (July 14, 2016) – Today the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launched Winnable Battles, a statewide effort to address emerging public health challenges. The effort also capitalizes upon organizational opportunities for department employees to contribute to a focus area tied to their interests.  
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 14:46
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As Marylanders Prepare to Celebrate July 4th, a Zika Awareness Reminder PDF Print E-mail
As Marylanders prepare to celebrate July Fourth, a Zika awareness reminder. Add mosquito bite prevention to your outdoor celebrations.
 
 
 
Baltimore, MD (July 1, 2016) – As Marylanders prepare to enjoy outdoor recreational activities in conjunction with Independence Day festivities, the State of Maryland is reminding them to take steps to guard against Zika transmission.  
Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 15:08
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Medicaid Seeks Federal Waiver to Provide Residential Substance-Use Treatment PDF Print E-mail
Medicaid seeks federal waiver to provide residential substance-use treatment. Effort would ensure coverage for residents upon their release from jail.
 
Baltimore, MD (June 30, 2016) – Today, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene submitted a waiver renewal application for HealthChoice – Maryland’s statewide, mandatory Medicaid managed care program. The goal of the requested policy innovations is to break cycles of addiction and disease affecting our communities.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 08:23
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Maryland Posts First-Quarter 2016 Data on Fatal Overdoses PDF Print E-mail
Maryland posts first-quarter 2016 data on fatal overdoses. Health Secretary urges users of drugs to seek treatment: ‘No illicit drug is safe.’
 
 
Baltimore, MD (June 29, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the first-quarter data report for 2016 of fatal overdoses. From January to March, Maryland saw 383 deaths related to overdose. The report is posted at http://goo.gl/XogGSc.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:35
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Maryland Health Care Commission Awards 4th Round of Telehealth Grants PDF Print E-mail
Maryland Health Care Commission awards fourth round of telehealth grants. Funding will enable 2 provider organizations to show impact of technology on care delivery.
 
Baltimore, Md. (June 17, 2016) – The Maryland Health Care Commission announced its awarding of two telehealth grants, totaling more than $115,000, to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth technology to support value-based care delivery in primary care.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2016 15:04
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Worcester County Health Department Confirms Rabid Cat in West Ocean City PDF Print E-mail
Worcester County Health Department Confirms Rabid Cat in West Ocean City
 
 
Snow Hill, Md. - Worcester County Health Department has confirmed that a cat tested positive for rabies this week. The cat was found at Ocean Village at Old Bridge, a townhome community off Route 707 (Old Bridge Rd) in West Ocean City. The cat was being fed as part of a colony of cats at the property and is described as a small white female with orange and tabby patches.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:59
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Quitline Marks 10 Years of Helping Marylanders Kick their Tobacco Habits PDF Print E-mail
Quitline marks 10 years of helping Marylanders kick their tobacco habits. 1-800-QUIT-NOW has helped more than 82,000 residents for free.
 
Baltimore, MD (June 15, 2016) – This month, the Maryland Tobacco Quitline celebrates an important milestone: its 10th anniversary. A decade ago, the state introduced its popular, toll-free line (1-800-QUIT-NOW), and answered its first call – offering tobacco users free coaching and tools to help them break free from nicotine addiction.  
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 09:59
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State Forms Forensic Services Workgroup to Stem Mental Facilities' Census Woes PDF Print E-mail
State forms forensic services workgroup to stem mental facilities’ census woes. Representatives from different points in the system will seek remedies to delays.
 
Baltimore, MD (June 15, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has formed a workgroup on forensic services, as the State works to remedy capacity constraints of public mental hospitals to serve Marylanders.  
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 08:49
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Getting Your Child Vaccinated Over Summer Break? Don't Forget HPV. PDF Print E-mail
Getting your child vaccinated over summer break? Don’t forget HPV. Vaccine helps prevent cancer but remains underutilized in Maryland.
 
Baltimore, MD (June 14, 2016) – Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is encouraging parents and providers to use every child’s visit to the doctor – such as an annual checkup or physicals for sports, camp or for other school-required immunizations – to discuss vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) and to initiate or complete the series of three shots over six months.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:35
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Maryland Data Shows 21% Increase in 2015 Fatal Overdoses Over Previous Year PDF Print E-mail
Maryland data show 21% increase in 2015 fatal overdoses over previous year. Fentanyl deaths since 2012 skyrocketed; heroin-related tripled since 2010.
 
Baltimore, MD (June 9, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today released the 2015 Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland Report. The report found that there was a 21 percent increase in the number of deaths in 2015, compared with 2014’s data.  
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:11
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Hepatitis C Medications Available for Marylanders Co-Infected with HIV. PDF Print E-mail
Hepatitis C medications available for Marylanders co-infected with HIV. MD AIDS Drug Assistance Program’s medicines list expands to help more clients.
 
Baltimore, MD (May 20, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Infectious Disease Prevention and  Health Services Bureau  is expanding the Maryland AIDS  Drug Assistance Program (MADAP) formulary to include medications for hepatitis C. This action enables MADAP clients to access treatments known to cure hepatitis C in as little as 12-24 weeks.  
Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 14:47
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Maryland's Minority Health Office Nets $1 Million Grant, Largest in its History PDF Print E-mail
Maryland’s Minority Health office nets $1 million grant, largest in its history. Funds from U.S. HHS to boost healthcare access in Prince George’s County.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2015) – The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) has received its largest grant since its establishment in 2004. MHHD received a five-year grant award totaling $1million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health’s State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:16
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Maryland Sees First Confirmed Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Residents are reminded to take precautions to reduce risk during summer, fall
 
Baltimore, MD (August 18, 2015) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today is announcing the first confirmed and locally acquired case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult who lives in the Baltimore Metropolitan region. In addition, WNV also has been detected in mosquito pools collected in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. A mosquito pool is a group of mosquitoes collected at one of several trap sites across the state.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 14:06
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On World Hepatitis Day, DHMH Urges Marylanders to Get Tested, Treated PDF Print E-mail
Hepatitis C is most common chronic, blood-borne viral infection in the state
 
Baltimore, MD (July 28, 2015) – On World Hepatitis Day, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) is calling for increased awareness of Hepatitis C.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:19
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State Warns Not to Use Bo-Ying Compound Because of Lead Concerns, PDF Print E-mail
BALTIMORE (April 8, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is warning consumers about lead contamination found in Bo-Ying Compound manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong), a powdered product marketed for the treatment of a wide array of conditions in infants and children. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 11:10
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DHMH, HSCRC Seeking Proposals to Fund Partnerships for Health System Transformation; Up to $2 Million Will Aid Data Analysis, Care Coordination, Health Improvement, More PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 18, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) are seeking proposals for the development of Regional Partnerships for Health System Transformation in support of Maryland’s new all-payer model. A $400,000 award will be provided to up to five partnerships across the state to advance reforms to Maryland’s health care delivery system.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 14:56
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Maryland Shows Significant Progress in Reducing Infant Mortality, Obesity, Tobacco Use and Other High-Priority Health Measures PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (February 5, 2015) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released a report showing significant improvement  on several priority health measures as part of its ongoing State Health Improvement Process (SHIP).
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:11
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For Cervical Health Awareness Month, DHMH Urges Maryland Women to get Pap Tests, HPV Vaccinations for Boys and Girls PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (January 16, 2015) – Of all cancers that affect women, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and other cancers. For Cervical Health Awareness Month, Maryland is recommending that women get Pap tests and that preteens get HPV vaccinations.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 15:39
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Cold Weather Issues and Concerns PDF Print E-mail
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds residents that there are many serious health issues to consider during cold winter weather. As a result of exposure to cold, individuals may experience low body temperature, which may lead to hypothermia and even death. Freezing of exposed skin and tissues, such as the ears, nose, feet and face, may lead to frostbite, frostnip and trench foot. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:56
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DHMH Launches New Administrative Services Organization for Maryland's Public Behavioral Health System PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (January 1, 2015) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today launched the Behavioral Health Integration, which creates a single financing structure for mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Medicaid.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 09:10
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DHMH Oral Health Report Details Gains in Dental Care Access PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 30, 2014) – Maryland continues to perform significantly above the national Health Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) average for children’s dental services utilization, at 68.3 percent, more than 19 percentage points higher than the 2012 HEDIS average of 49.2 percent. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has shared these data this week with the Governor and General Assembly.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:45
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DHMH Submits to General Assembly a Report on Safety Standards for Outpatient Oncology, Rheumatology Offices PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (December 17, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has submitted a report by the Safety Standards workgroup to the General Assembly. The workgroup was tasked with studying appropriate national safety standards for mixing, reconstituting and performing similar, routine acts by or under the supervision of an oncologist, rheumatologist or hematologist in an outpatient setting.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:27
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Families Join Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to Support Improvements in Mental Health Care in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (December 10, 2014) – Families of individuals with serious mental illness joined state health leaders to recommend today that the state implement three proposals to improve treatment for the severely mentally ill in Maryland.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:50
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Maryland is Nation's Most Improved State in 2014 America's Health Rankings PDF Print E-mail
ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 10, 2014) -- The UnitedHealth Foundation today released “America’s Health Rankings 2014,” which found that Maryland had the greatest improvement of any state this year.  Maryland improved eight spots from 24th last year to 16th in 2014.  Key areas of improvement cited in the report include increased immunization rates and reductions in rates of preventable hospitalizations, smoking, and binge drinking.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:26
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Child Fatalities Decrease 10 Percent from Previous Year, Down 43 Percent Since 2007 PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (December 12, 2014) –The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today released a report showing that unexpected deaths of children in Maryland decreased from 302 in 2007 to 171 in 2013, a decline of 43%.  Had the numbers of unexpected deaths remained at the 2007 level, more than 600 additional children would have died during this period.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:58
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New State Data Show Reduction in Cigarette Use in Maryland- However, Flavored Cigars and Smokeless Products Enticing Underage Smokers PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (December 8, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released a report today showing that tobacco use among Maryland public high school youth decreased by almost 40 percent from 2000 to 2013. This decline is largely attributable to a reduction in cigarette smoking. Underage use of smokeless tobacco increased between 2000 and 2013, while underage use of cigars did not change to a statistically significant degree.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:54
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DHMH Partners with Pharmacies to Stock Overdose-Reversing Naloxone PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (December 9, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced a partnership with Walgreens, CVS Health, Safeway and other pharmacies to stock Naloxone in stores across Maryland and to train their pharmacists on Naloxone administration. Naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person who has overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:05
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New Website Available on Quality of Care in Maryland Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
 
Baltimore, MD (December 2, 2014) -- The Maryland Health Care Commission has announced the simultaneous launch of the Maryland Health Care Quality Reports website and the expanded Hospital Performance Guide. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:13
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35 U.S. hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers CDC trains and assesses Ebola hospital readiness in collaborative effort PDF Print E-mail
 
Snow Hill, MD (December 2, 2014)-- An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:17
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Maryland Health Officials, Hospitals Set Ebola Strategy PDF Print E-mail
ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 23rd, 2014) Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that Maryland health and hospital officials have agreed upon a coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Maryland to date. 
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 09:42
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Presence of EV-D68 Confirmed in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Baltimore, MD (September 24, 2014) -- Today the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Maryland. The virus, which has been associated with respiratory infections in children across the country, was identified in a specimen collected from a hospitalized child in suburban Maryland and was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.*
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:43
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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS NIGHT AT THE SHOREBIRDS “BE A FORCE OF NATURE, BE READY.” PDF Print E-mail
Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:44
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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ESTABLISHES OVERDOSE PREVENTION COUNCIL TO COMBAT OVERDOSES IN MARYLAND PDF Print E-mail

Martin O’Malley announced the formation of the Overdose Prevention Council to counter an increase in the number of overdose deaths in an executive order released today. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state has added drug and alcohol overdose deaths to theAdministration’s 16 strategic goals and is currently working to drive down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 15:31
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DHMH Announces First Heat Deaths of the Season PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 25, 2014) – The first heat-related deaths of the 2014 season have occurred, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. Both people who died were adults over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. One was a female in Harford County and the other a male in Baltimore County. Both deaths occurred during the week of June 17 to June 23.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:06
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DHMH Secretary Directs Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments to Report Suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Cases, Take Protective Measures: PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (June 17, 2014) – On June 16, 2014, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein signed a directive and order for health care providers and local health departments to report suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and follow infection prevention measures to prevent person-to-person spread.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:17
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STATE YOUTH SURVEY IDENTIFIES TRENDS IN TEEN BEHAVIOR PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2014)—Maryland teens are more physically active now than in 2005, and rates of bullying and alcohol consumption have gone down in the past eight years, announced the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today. These are just some of the health trends highlighted by the 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 13:37
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DHMH Reminds Marylanders to Stay Safe in Hot Weather PDF Print E-mail

BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2014) – As temperatures in Maryland start heating up, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds Marylanders to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 14:25
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New Guide to Maryland Resources for Cancer Patients PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (May 30, 2014)  – Sunday, June 1, 2014 is National Cancer Survivors Day. A cancer survivor is anyone who is living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 14:01
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DHMH Launches New State Health Improvement Process Website on Network of Care Platform PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (May 21, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has launched the new State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) website hosted by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC on the Network of Care platform at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:04
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DHMH to Convene Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup - Members of the public invited to participate PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore, MD (May 20, 2014) – Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein has appointed Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin to chair the Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup created by House Bill 1510. Ms. Rebbert-Franklin is currently the Acting Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and will assume the Deputy Director position for Population-Based Behavioral Health in the new Behavioral Health Administration on July 1, 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 07:10
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Maryland, Get Ticked-Off for Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail

Baltimore (May 12, 2014) – As the spring and summer seasons approach and people and their pets begin enjoying more time outdoors, the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is at its peak. In recognition of this, Governor O’Malley has proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month. (Proclamation copy attached) The Maryland Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Agriculture (MDA) join the Governor to remind Marylanders to enjoy the outdoors, but to keep ticks off.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:22
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Successful Turnout for Town Hall Meeting to Address Underage Binge Drinking PDF Print E-mail

May 8, 2014, Snow Hill, Md. - Over 80 parents, youth, educators, school administrators, and representatives from prevention, behavioral health, law enforcement, non-profits, and interested community members attended the Town Hall type meeting held on Monday, May 5th at Stephen Decatur High School.  Underage binge drinking was the topic discussed and was sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department, the Worcester County Public Schools and the Stephen Decatur Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club.

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 15:47
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Binge-Drinking Prevention is Focus of a Town Hall Meeting at Stephen Decatur High School PDF Print E-mail

The Worcester County Health Department is partnering with Stephen Decatur High School and the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club to hold an informational meeting for parents, youth, and concerned citizens to discuss the issue of underage binge-drinking and its prevention.  This is being described as a Town Hall Meeting.  Data will be reviewed; a video will be shown about hosting parties at home; resource information will be shared; and an opportunity for open discussion will be provided.  A light meal will be served.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 15:41
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Worcester County walks to end child abuse PDF Print E-mail

April 15, the Commissioners joined representatives of The CRICKET Center of Berlin, an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, to recognize April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month and to encourage the public to participate in two upcoming events, with proceeds to benefit the CRICKET Center, Worcester County’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC), in the fight to support children and families.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:02
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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.

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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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Rabid bat population increases in Maryland. 10th annual World Rabies Day promotes prevention of potentially fatal disease.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 28, 2016) – For the second consecutive year, Maryland is experiencing an increase in the number of rabid bats. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is promoting the World Rabies Day theme of “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” to increase awareness about the world’s most fatal disease and how to prevent it.
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2016 Maryland overdose deaths continue grim trend; 920 have died so far. Health Secretary Mitchell repeats warning about fentanyl in new PSA.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the second-quarter 2016 data report of fatal overdoses. From January to June, Maryland saw 920 deaths related to overdose, 319 more than this point last year. The report is posted at https://goo.gl/oNlvlz.   
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Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Maryland, Sept. 18-24, 2016. From 1999-2014, rate of fatal falls among U.S. seniors increased by 100 percent.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2016) – Maryland seniors go to the emergency room for falls more than for any other type of injury. To bring awareness to the dangers of falling, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has designated the week of September 18-24, 2016, to be Falls Prevention Awareness Week.  
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