Worcester County walks to end child abuse

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.

 

Walk for Kids – to Help the Fight Against Child Abuse takes place this Sunday, April 27, in Ocean City. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Hooters on the boardwalk, located at 501 Atlantic Avenue, and the walk begins at noon. Participants are invited to attend a reception at Hooters afterward from 1-3 p.m. with special prizes to be awarded. Those who raise $75 or more will receive an event t-shirt, and those who raise $150 or more will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. Registration is $25. To register online prior to the event, visit http://www.thecricketcenter.com/thecricketcenter/Register.html. Walk for Kids is sponsored by the CRICKET Center in cooperation with Hooters and Clear Channel Radio.


The Glen Riddle Man O’ War Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 9, beginning with registration at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start an 9 a.m. Lunch and awards will take place immediately following the tournament. The event costs $100 per player or $400 per team and includes golf, cart and lunch. For more information or to register for the golf tournament, contact Wendy Myers at (410) 641-0097, ext. 4204.

 

It’s no secret that the future prosperity of any community hinges on its ability to foster the health and wellbeing of future generations. To those ends, the Commissioners proudly partner with the Worcester County Department of Social Services and the CRICKET Center to urge each person in the community to recognize the role he or she plays in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families. All, from police and teachers to private citizens, churches, civic organizations and friends, are uniquely able to offer help and hope to abused children and their families.

 

Because investigating child abuse and prosecuting abusers comprise only a part of their overall efforts to prevent child abuse, the CAC partners with the community to offer the Enough Abuse Campaign: enough secrets, enough shame, enough hurt, enough confusion, enough denial, enough child sexual abuse. The program is designed to get adults and children talking and to end the silence in which this type of crime thrives.

 

Ninety percent of abuse is perpetrated by individuals known by children and their families. The CAC teaches that actions as simple as limiting one adult one child situations drastically reduces the ability of abusers to harm children. Equally important are learning to talk about and recognizing signs of abuse. Learn more about these signs today by visiting www.thecricketcenter.com. To find out more about the Enough Abuse Campaign or to schedule training at your place of business or other location, please contact the CRICKET Center at (410) 641-0097.

 

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Flu season is fully underway but it's not too late to reduce your risk. Flu vaccines are still available in Worcester County and simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands, staying home when you're sick, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the flu. To learn more call 410-632-1100 or click the image below to visit the CDC page on flu prevention. 

 

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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