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.
Tri County Go Red Planning Committee Seeks Recipes for Cooking Demonstration
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.
Take a deep breath- you can quit smoking!
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.
State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Launches for Healthcare Providers
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.
The Maryland Tobacco Quitline Provides the Gift of Support Free Services Help Tobacco-users Quit for the New Year
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:
Statement from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board
(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:
DHMH Begins Extreme Cold Weather Monitoring and Reporting; First hypothermia-related death for the season confirmed
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.
Worcester Health Encourages Flu Vaccination
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.
Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program December Outreach Events
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.
DHMH to Commemorate World AIDS Day's 25th Anniversary Dec. 1st
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.
Community Resource Day for the Homeless
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.
The Maryland Tobacco Quitline Provides Free Medication for Residents to Support Tobacco Cessation during the Great American Smokeout®
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.
New Times for Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Events
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.
State Issues New Parental Consent Form for the Use of Indoor Tanning Devices by Minors
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.
DHMH Working with FDA to Trace Recalled Products Due to Listeria Contamination
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.
Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program November Outreach Events
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.
Community Resource Day for the Homeless
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.
WORCESTER COUNTY REPORTS FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF RABIES IN FAMILY PET FOR 2013
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.
CHRC RELEASES FY 2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS; PUBLIC INFORMATION CALL SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT 10 AM
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.
You Can Become a Non-Smoker
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.
MARYLAND MEDICAID LAUNCHES NEW TELEMEDICINE PROGRAMS
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.
The Maryland Health Connection Tour Bus Visits the Lower Eastern Shore
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.
Worcester County Holds Operation Medicine Drop
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.
First Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day Planned For Worcester County
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.
WORCESTER SCHEDULES FLU VACCINATION CLINICS
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.
STATE HOSTS MINORITY HEALTH EQUITY SUMMIT ON FRIDAY
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.
The Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Berlin Parks Commission Partner to Promote Just Walk Berlin
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.
MARYLAND WIC IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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.
FIRST MARYLAND INFLUENZA CASE OF 2013-14 SEASON CONFIRMED
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.
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Update
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
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.
The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Announces Outreach Events for the Month of October
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.
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Posts Revised Proposal for Modernization of Maryland’s All-Payer Hospital System for Comment
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.
MHCC Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Improve Insurance Rate Reviews
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.
DHMH Tests Public Health Emergency Plans in Statewide Exercise
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.
Maryland Recognizes “World Rabies Day”
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.
Lower Shore Call Center for Health Insurance Assistance
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.
WORCESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AWARDED BOTH AMBULATORY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION
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.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Out of Darkness – Suicide Awareness Walk
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.
Maryland Health Care Commission releases 2013 report measuring quality and performance among commercial health benefit plans in Maryland
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.
NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY IS SEPTEMBER 27TH
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.
Informal Comments Requested on Draft Proposed Regulations for Naloxone Overdose Response Program
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.
Comments Requested on the Marcellus Shale Project
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.
Worcester County Health Department sponsors FREE “Life Saving” Program
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.
State Receives $6.4 M in Federal Funding to Expand Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Services
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.