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

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

 

Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car. Read more ...

    Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

    Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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    Men's Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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    Summer Wellness Camp

    The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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    Legionella Facts

    Legionella is a bacteria that can cause a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. The disease is caused by inhaling mist from water containing the bacteria. The bacteria are present in many different manmade and natural water systems. Each year, 8,000 - 18,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease. The disease is usually treated successfully with antibiotics, but can sometimes be fatal. The disease is not spread from person to person. Certain groups of people are more likely to become seriously ill when infected with Legionella:

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