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The Howard County Health Department

The Howard County Health Department and other State agenies will be CLOSED on Monday, October 12, 2015 in observance of Columbus Day. There will be no birth certificate services availble. We will reopen on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at normal busines hours. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Facts to know: 

  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of Cancer deaths among women; second only to Lung Cancer.Find free and low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings in your area – National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program 
  • Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed Cancer amongst women
  • Cancer rates have incresd slightly during the latest reporting period. African American females have the highest increase.
  • Howard County ranks 7th in the State with almost 140 women diagnosed with Breast Cancer per 100,000 residents.
  • In 2011, 192 women in Howard County were diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
  • Some good news:
  • Maryland women are surpassing the 2020 target for Breast Cancer screens with 83% of women aged 50-74 getting screenings within the last 2 years.
  • During the last reporting perios (2007-2011) mortality rates for African-American and White females have decreased annually
  • In Howard County, the Health Department has performed:
    • 351 Clinical Breast Exams
    • 371 Mammograms
    • 59 Breast Ultrasounds
    • Provided a total of 866 procedures for underserved womenPink Ribbon 2 

 Events at the Health Department: 

  • HCHD is hosting an educational talk "The Basics of Breast Health Education" for the Latino Community - Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. (ALL others welcome) at our location 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD  21045  
    • Una charla para la communidad hispana. Jueves, 22 de Octubre 2015, 5:00p.m. - 6:30, 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD  21045
  •  Open House at the HCHD Health Center to enroll clients in our Breast & Cervical Cancer Program and our Colorectal Cancer Program.  Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  at our location 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD  21045
  •  Pink Ribbon Hanging - Visitors, clients and staff can place a pink ribbon on a tree in our looby in honor of a Breast Cancer survivor or loved one who has died of Breast Cancer. - Date yet to be determined
  •  Dress Pink Wednesdays - HCHD staff will show their support for Breast Cancer survivors by wearing pink on each Wednesday of October


Flu Vaccine & Immunization Clinics

The 2015-2016 Flu Season is quickly approaching and you must be prepared by getting your flu shot.  The Health Department will kick off the Flu Season at the 50+Expo.


Clinic Name   Date/TIme   Location   Vaccines Offered  Additional Information 

Friday, October 16, 2015


Wilde Lake High School

5460 Trumpeter Rd.

Columbia, MD  21044

  • Flu Shot
  • Flu Mist
  • Pneumonia Vaccine

There will be a $1 admission for attendees over 18 at the 50+Expo this year. VIsit the 50+Expo web page for more information.

Vaccine Info: 

  • Flu Shot - No "High Dose" Flu Shot Available
  • Flu Mist - Depending on availability
  • Pnuemonia vaccine - Pneumovax23 - $129.00 or Medicare Part B accepted

NOTE: If you have a chronic health issue do not wait to get your flu vaccine.  Visit any big box retail store or pharmacy.  Most local grocery stores also have flu vaccine available. Nearly all major insurances are accepted as is Medicare.  Use the Flu Vaccine Finder below to find a location near you!


Grandparenting Class-How to Be a "Great" Grandparent

Howard County Health Department in collaboration with Howard County Office of Children's Services will be holding a  grandparenting class. Great Grandparents Flier 

  • Learn the latest research based information to balance your tried and true skills with current best practices.
  • Discuss your role as a grandparent verses being the parent.
  • Discover ways to safeguard your home for infants and toddlers.
  • Gather important resources to help support your children in their new role as parents.


Day  Date  Time  Location 

Register by Phone 


Register via  the Web: 
Thursday October 29, 2015 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Bain 50+ Center

5470 Ruth Keeton Way

Columbia, MD  21044

410-313-1440  www.howardcountymd.gov/familyinstitute  
Wednesday December 9, 2015 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Ellicott City Senior Center

Ellicott City, MD  21043

410-313-1440  www.howardcountymd.gov/familyinstitute  

To see the flier CLICK HERE. 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Classes - Can You Save a Life? 

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older.  Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, perform rescue breathing, give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives. 
The next classs will be held:


 Day   Date  Time   Location   Phone Number 
 Monday  November 16, 2015  5:00 p.m.

 Howard County Health Department

 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD  21045

 Monday  December 14, 2014  8:00 a.m.

 Howard County Health Department

 8930 Stanford Blvd.., Columbia, MD 21045



Opioid Overdose Response Program Information Video is Available Online -  To view the video online click on the following: OORP Video Link. Call us to take the FULL training at the Health Department receive your certificate and Naloxone kit. Please call 410-313-6202 to schedule your training!

Health Related Issues Complaint Report

 (Click to go to form) 

Foodborne Illness Graphic IMPORTANT: If you believe you have an llness related to eating bad food or food product, please call our Bureau of Environmental Health immediately at 410-313-1772.
After business hours, leave a message with your call back information.

To Request the Health Department at Your Next Health Event  


 Health Fair Graphic(2) 

Public Information Act Forms

PIA Request Web Graphic   <-- Click on the graphic for the form   

 Contact Numbers:


Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640

Or you may send an e-mail to:

Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  Monday through Friday