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Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment is November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.
About the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program: The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is administered through the Worcester County Health Department and funded by a grant through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. The program helps to educate, determine eligibility and enroll uninsured and underinsured residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties into private health plans or Medicaid. For more information on our program and a continuously updated list of events, please visit us at lowershorehealth.org.  
Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 09:35
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Decisions Matter: Opioid Awareness

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The Opioid Awareness Task Force, a sub-committee of the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council, is launching a public awareness campaign about opioid misuse and abuse. Opioids, which include both certain legal prescription medications as well as the heroin, have become a rising concern in Worcester and across the state. Instances of misuse or illicit use of the substance has climbed in recent years as have overdose deaths related to opioids.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 14:41
Naloxone Training
Are you the friend, family member or loved one of someone who abuses or misueses opioids? Click below to learn more about potentially life-saving Naloxone overdose prevention training.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2015 12:43
Worcester Schedules Flu Vaccination Clinics
SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2015-2016 seasonal flu. 
This year’s vaccine provides protection against three strains of flu virus expected to circulate this season.  All people, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, are strongly recommended to get a flu vaccine each year. 
Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 11:00
Updated 2015 Rabies Cases
Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 11:12
Healthiest Worcester Businesses
Looking for a sweet fall treat that skips the sugar and won't worry your waistline? Follow along with Worcester County Health Department Dietitian Kathy Wool and Worcester County HR rep Stacy Norton as they whip up an easy, no-cooking required bean salad.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 15:52


Maryland urges residents to avoid use of synthetic marijuana, other illcit drugs. Lab-manufactured products often debilitate or kill, are sold as harmless household items.
Baltimore, MD (November 24, 2015) – The State of Maryland is urging residents to not use manufactured products known as synthetic cannabinoids – often called synthetic marijuana or the street names “Spice” and “K2” – or other illicit drugs. The substances have factored into a number of often-tragic incidents across the state.
Commission shares recommendation for Wash. Adventist Hospital relocation. The panel will consider proposal for $336 million project at its Dec. 17 meeting.
Baltimore, MD (November 19, 2015) – The Maryland Health Care Commission released a Recommended Decision in the matter of the proposed relocation of Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH),  a hospital owned and operated by Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare (AHC).  WAH is currently located in Takoma Park (Montgomery County). The proposed site is in the White Oak area of Silver Spring at 12100 Plum Orchard Drive. The site is adjacent to US RT 29 and the ICC MD 200 and is part of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan.
State observes “Get Smart about Antibiotics” Week Nov. 16 through 22. Antibiotic resistance is worsened through misuse, overuse of prescriptions.
Baltimore, MD (November 16, 2015) – This week, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene joins the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as many national and international partners, to observe the eighth annual “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” a weeklong initiative to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
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