|Mental Health or Substance Abuse Crisis?|
| If you are in immediate need of behavioral health assistance in Cecil County, call 1-888-407-8018 |
|Staying Safe in Cold Weather|
| Cold weather health hazards include hypothermia and frostbite, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning and injuries from heat sources.|
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95ºF. Frostbite refers to actual freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue that is likely to occur any time skin temperature gets much below 32ºF. The areas most likely to freeze are toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose.
Tips for staying warm and healthy in extreme cold weather include:
- Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head.
- Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect lungs from direct cold air. Cover your ears and the lower part of your face, too.
- Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps to keep your hands warm.
- Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks, or two pairs of lightweight socks.
- Wear waterproof boots or sturdy shoes to keep your feet warm and dry.
|Holiday Food Safety|
| Forgetting food safety can be a recipe for disaster. Learn the risks of food poisoning by watching this fun web series created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. |
|HEALTH CARE REFORM AND YOUR CLIENTS|
| Representatives from SEEDCO, Triangle Health Alliance and Cecil County Health Department provided participants with success stories and ways to help the uninsured and underinsured shop, compare and enroll for new coverage at the Health Care Reform and Your Clients Panel Discussion on the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, November 21, 2013.|
Here's what you missed.
|Its National Influenza Vaccination Week. Get Vaccinated by a Doctor or at a Pharmacy Near You|
| This year, there will be no flu immunization clinics at the Cecil County Health Department. However, seasonal flu vaccine is strongly recommended for all people over 6 months of age and is available at many doctors' offices and pharmacies. Check with your physician or pharmacist. |
You can also use the Flu Vaccine Finder on our website to locate an immunization site near you. Just type in your zip code.
Who should be vaccinated? Help prevent the spread of the flu by practicing the following measures.
- Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands right afterward. This may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- High-risk patients are urged to contact their health care provider if they get flu-like symptoms for consideration of anti-viral therapy.
- Get Vaccinated!
|Need Help Signing up for the New Health Marketplace?|
| We're in your corner. Whether you’re just curious or seriously shopping for coverage, we have staff who can assist with finding affordable health insurance in the new marketplace. |
To find out more, stop by Cecil County Health Department, sign up online at Maryland Health Connection, or call 1-410-996-4839 for assistance.
Here's why it’s important: an estimated 40 million Americans are living without insurance and most of them are working families. But many who are eligible aren’t aware they qualify.
People with insurance coverage tend to be healthier -- they see their doctors before small health problems grow to become BIG health problems.
Get the peace of mind of knowing you’re covered. You can find quality, affordable health insurance and you can’t be denied coverage or charged more for having an illness or a pre-existing condition. For the first time ever, preventive services are free. Financial help may also be available.
|Free Wednesday Night Health Care Clinic|
| No means to pay for care?|
We can help. The CECIL COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTER
at the John M. Byers Health Center Hours: Wednesdays 5-7 PM
Walk-ins accepted 5-6 PM Call 443-206-1310
For More Information A collaborative effort between
Cecil County Health Department and Union Hospital.
|B-HIPP - Improving Access to Quality Mental Health for Maryland Youth|
| B‐HIPP is a free service available to any Maryland primary care provider of children (regardless of insurance coverage), such as: |
- Family Physicians;
- Nurse Practitioners; and
- Physician's Assistants.
Download a copy of the brochure.
|Community Roundtable on Overdose Deaths|
| How can we combat the rising overdose problem in Cecil County? On August 9, 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley joined State and local law enforcement, public health, and human service agencies for a roundtable discussion to address the issue. |
|October Board of Health Meeting|
| Presentations by: |
- Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH.
Dr. Olsen currently serves as the Medical Director for the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services and as a consultant on integrated care initiatives in Baltimore City.
- Lisa Hadley, MD, JD. Dr. Hadley has been the Clinical Director for both the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration since January, 2013.
Download the Powerpoint Presentation and listen here.
|Looking for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Services? Search No More.|
It's here! The new Behavioral Health Providers List is a referral and resource list of mental health and substance abuse outpatient providers located in Cecil County and surrounding areas.
If you can't find what you need, you can also contact the Mental Health Core Service Agency, 410-996-5112 or the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, 410-996-5106.
For Behavioral Health Crisis Assistance:
Interpreting services are available free of charge to all clients receiving Cecil County Health Department services.
Se ofrecen servicios de intérpretes gratuitos a todos los clientes que reciban servicios del
Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cecil. En Español 410-996-5550