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.


Tri-County Health Planning Board: Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester counties

The Planning Board has been providing input into the development of local (lower shore) and statewide health planning documents since 1993. As a part of state wide health improvement process the planning board also developed Tri-County Health Improvement Plan (T-CHIP) by identifying top two health priorities common to all three counties.

The Board usually meets the last Wednesday of the months of January, May and October rotating between the three counties. For information call 410-632-1100 and ask for the Planning Program. All meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Minutes:


To join the tri-county obesity or diabetes advisory groups or a county group with a focus on another specific disease or condition, or for other questions, contact Matey Barker for Somerset, Brenda Williams for Wicomico and Jennifer LaMade  for Worcester.
For a listing of members of the individual county boards, health department staffs, regional interested parties, please click: Listing of Planning Board Members

Resources & Publications:
For more information about the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP): http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship
Maryland Community Health Resource Commission List of Grantees, February 2013
Tri County Report on Implementation of Health Improvement Plan, November 28, 2012
Tri County Health Improvement Plan, Feb. 29, 2012
Local Health Improvement Council Priorities Spreadsheet
Charts of Selected Black vs. White Chronic Disease SHIP Metrics (Eastern Maryland)
2009 Tri-County Community Health Assessment
County Health Ranking

 

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Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Spring is just on the horizon and Worcester Health is encouraging residents to take part in this year's #1BillionStepsChallenge. Our team this year is WorcesterSpringSteps (#273). You can register with the link below through MoveSpring using the code APHA2019. It is completely free to register and participate.

For more information please contact 410-632-0056. Thank you!

(Click the image below to register)

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What’s the Bottom Line on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

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Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.

Take Care During Winter Storms:

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

Learn more about snow and extreme cold safety here.

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Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs) equip local jurisdictions to determine their public health priorities and address specific public health concerns. The Worcester County Local Health Improvement Coalition seeks a broad membership from the community to assist the local health department and its partners in determining local health priorities and the Community Health Improvement Plan. 

Click the image below for a full schedule of upcoming LHIC meetings:

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Salisbury, MD- What do you picture when you think of “heart health?” We asked women across the Lower Eastern Shore to tell their stories about how heart health has affected their families and themselves, as well as the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We are sharing those accounts across social media and screening the videos at the 2019 Go Red event in February.

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 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program