The St. Mary’s County Health Department offers a variety of community and clinical services that supports the health of all residents in St. Mary’s County. Women may be particularly interested in the following clinical and community services:
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.
Reproductive Health and Family Planning
The St. Mary’s County Health Department’s Health Clinic assists both women and men in reproductive health. This involves care to support healthy pregnancies, family planning (including birth control options), complete gynecological exams for women, and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Limited services are provided to eligible women who are not in need of birth control, but desire to have a women’s physical examination. To learn more, click here. Services are offered to anyone regardless of age, sex, race/ethnicity, or marital status. All services are confidential.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
The St. Mary’s County Health Department helps eligible women receive screening services for breast and cervical cancer. Through the St. Mary’s County Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, eligible women receive regular clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests, and associated diagnostic services at no cost to them. Through a separate initiative offered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, breast or cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment services may also be covered for eligible Maryland residents. To learn more, click here.
Colorectal Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Through the St. Mary’s County Health Department Colorectal Cancer Program, eligible residents receive recommended colorectal cancer screening services at no cost to them. Limited funds may also be available to help with treatment costs for colorectal cancer. 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 Services
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.
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 to children and pregnant women in families with low to average incomes. The Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program is designed to cover health care costs. Income before taxes and other deductions is counted to determine eligibility. 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
Adults need vaccines too. Immunizations are one of the most important ways to protect children, adults, and families from serious diseases. The department’s Health Clinic offers some adult vaccines by appointment and for a fee. 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.
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. To learn more, click here.
Healthy Eating & Active Living
The St. Mary’s County Health Department promotes healthy eating and active living as essential health habits for all residents. To learn more about initiatives and resources to support residents in healthy eating, active livings, and weight management, click here.