St. Mary’s County Health Department offers a variety of health promotion services for infants, young children, and adolescents.
Infants and Toddlers Program
St. Mary’s County Health Department works with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools and St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services to assist families in evaluating and finding help for children who may have developmental delays. The program is a family-centered system of early intervention services for children from birth to age three with suspected or diagnosed developmental delays and disabilities. To learn more, click here.
Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP)
Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) is a health insurance program for children up to age 19 and pregnant women of any age. This program provides comprehensive health care coverage to children and pregnant women in families with low to average incomes. MCHP is designed to cover health care costs. Income before taxes and other deductions are considered in determining eligibility. To learn more, click here.
Asthma Control Program
The Asthma Control Program at the St. Mary’s County Health Department is helping residents get better control of their asthma. This can dramatically improve a person’s quality of life and also lower the health care costs associated with asthma. The program involves a variety of efforts and partners working together to help residents with asthma manage their condition, reduce environmental triggers of asthma, and assist health care providers who take care of patients with asthma. Some children with asthma may also receive a free home visit from a health department nurse. To learn more, click here.
Administrative Care Coordination Unit (ACCU) and Expanded ACCU
Administrative Care Coordination Unit (ACCU) and Expanded ACCU serves as a resource for Medicaid recipients who experience difficulties with accessing or utilizing health care services. Expanded ACCU involves special outreach to pregnant women and young children at highest risk for illness or medical complications. Referrals to ACCU services are primarily through health care providers or social service workers. For more information, call 301-475-4330.
Healthy Families is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting initiative designed to support pregnant women and first-time parents of children aged 0 – 5. Healthy Families services improve birth outcomes, promote healthy child development and enhance family functioning. This free service connects families to community and health resources and provides on-going in-home support for new parents. To learn more, click here.
Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a supplemental nutrition education program to promote and maintain the health of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children from birth to five years of age. To learn more, click here.
Immunization Services, including Flu Vaccine
Immunizations are one of the most important ways to protect children, adults, and families from serious diseases. To learn more, click here.
Flu vaccine is recommended every year for most everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women. To learn more, click here.
Tobacco use and exposure is the number one cause of preventable deaths in this country. The St. Mary’s County Health Department encourages all tobacco users to quit tobacco in order to better support their health and the health of others. The Department offers free tobacco cessation classes and other resources for persons who are ready to quit using tobacco. To learn more, click here.
Rabies Prevention and Treatment
Pre-exposure rabies vaccines and titers are available by appointment through St. Mary’s County Health Department for hunters, taxidermists, veterinary workers, and animal control officers. Post-exposure rabies management recommendations also are available. To learn more, click here.
Child Care Facility Inspection Program
This program supports the agencies that regulate and permit licensed and family child care facilities, foster care homes, alternatives for youth homes, adoption applicants, and adult foster care homes. The health department responds to requests by applicants and organizations to provide basic sanitary surveys of the residence to be permitted as a care site. To learn more, click here.