This section includes information about the county and region's health improvement planning efforts. You will find reports and information about the Community Health Improvement Plan Process for Worcester County as well as informatoin about the Tri County (Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester) Health Improvement  Planning. For more information about these efforts contact the health department at 410-632-1100 and ask to speak with the planning department. 


Worcester County Health Improvement Planning

 altWorcester County health assessments and health improvement plans:

Community health assessment (CHA) and community health improvement plan (CHIP) are part of an ongoing broader community health improvement process which provides a frame work to improve the health of the communities.
The Worcester County CHA and CHIP are developed by Worcester County Health Department with the assistance and advice of the Worcester County Health Planning Advisory Council /Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC). The Worcester County LHIC is part of the Maryland State Health Improvement Process (SHIP).

Tri County Health Improvement Planning (T-CHIP)

altThe purpose of the Tri-County health planning board is to improve the health of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester county residents through increased accessibility, continuity, and availability of quality cost-effective health services.

State Health Improvement Planning (SHIP)

  This section provides links to the state of Maryland's health improvement planning website and resources.
 

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Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

 

Snow Hill, MD–The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment. The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and council members at the 27th Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception and celebrating the 35th year of the Council’s existence. This will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Worcester Career and Technology High School.

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Fatalities related to intoxication down in Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico in 2017

Snow Hill, MD- Deaths related to drug and alcohol intoxication, including opioid overdoses, are down in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, according to 3rd Quarter 2017 Overdose Data released by the Maryland Department of Health last week. From January through September 2016, compared to the same period in 2017, intoxication fatalities are down 20-percent in Somerset County, 42-percent in Worcester County, and 32-percent in Wicomico County. The drop-off in the Tri-County region comes at a time when overall drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland are on the rise.

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Public Education to Combat Statewide Opioid Epidemic

 Baltimore, MD (January 26, 2018) — The Maryland Department of Health today announced two multi-media advertising campaigns to help raise awareness and combat the state’s opioid epidemic.

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Proposed legislation, increased bed capacity, more positions will mitigate decade-long issue and improve care


Baltimore, MD (January 23, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Health today announced proposed departmental legislation, as well as administrative actions, to address longstanding systemic issues involving court-ordered placements for individuals requiring mental health treatment. The Department has worked diligently to reverse a nearly decade-long problem of backlogs for justice system-involved individuals who require court-ordered placement for mental illness treatment at its hospitals.

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Directs Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers; Announces Plans to Convert Former City Jail into a Secure Treatment Facility, Enhance Data Sharing Among First Responders, Strengthen Volume Dealer Law to Include Fentanyl

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today unveiled a series of executive actions and proposed legislation to continue the administration’s aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid crisis. The governor also authorized the Attorney General to file suit against select opioid manufacturers and distributors on the grounds that they have misled the public and helped to create the addiction crisis gripping Maryland and the nation.

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