Worcester Health hosts 4th Annual Public Health Conference

 Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2013 by hosting its 4th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 3 at the Clarion Resort in Ocean City. 

Community leaders from public health, local hospitals, nursing homes, government, business, law enforcement, education, nonprofits and other sectors will attend the conference to discuss and hear the latest news about a number of exciting public health topics. The agenda includes sessions about local health initiatives, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, prescription drug abuse, and emergency preparedness.

In addition to the conference, Worcester County Health Department will offer two programs to get families out and moving during Public Health Week and the week after. The Ocean City Family Fun Walk – 1 mile will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6 at Northside Park in Ocean City. The 16th Annual Tortoise and Hare Dare 5k Walk/Run will be Saturday, April 13 at Pocomoke River State Park – Shad Landing. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m.

Since 1995, communities throughout the country have celebrated National Public Health Week the first week of April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health. For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.


 

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What’s the Bottom Line on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

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Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.

Take Care During Winter Storms:

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

Learn more about snow and extreme cold safety here.

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Due to inclement weather, this weekend's showing of "Lost in Woonsocket" at the Red Doors Community Center is canceled until further notice. For more information or if you have any questions please call 410.632.3648.  

Effective January 2, 2019, the WCHD Vital Records Department will be open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs) equip local jurisdictions to determine their public health priorities and address specific public health concerns. The Worcester County Local Health Improvement Coalition seeks a broad membership from the community to assist the local health department and its partners in determining local health priorities and the Community Health Improvement Plan. 

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