Maryland Receives CDC’s Top Score in Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Baltimore, MD (October 9, 2012) - Governor Martin O'Malley announced today that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has earned a top score in public health emergency preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The annual review and evaluation process was conducted earlier this year.




DHMH earned a score of 100 (out of a possible 100) in its 2011 evaluation. This is the fourth straight year that DHMH has improved its rating. DHMH started with a score of 67 in 2008 and earned a score of 96 in its 2010 evaluation.

“Maryland continues to make emergency preparedness a priority,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

“There is nothing more important than working to ensure that our residents and communities are safe and secure during public health disasters and emergencies.”

 

During the past few years, DHMH has worked with local health departments and other emergency response partners to plan, prepare and exercise for public health emergencies.  DHMH has worked diligently to build an extensive emergency response infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment, technology and highly qualified personnel.

The CDC report notes Maryland’s improvements in biosurveillance, enhanced public health laboratory capabilities and the state’s demonstrated ability to receive, store and distribute life-saving antibiotics, antivirals and critical medical equipment and supplies.


“This is certainly a significant accomplishment,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary.

“Yet we know the dedication and hard work must continue as we strive to be even better in the future.”

 

Other outstanding Maryland achievements include the state’s ESSENCE system (Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics), which allows state officials to detect emerging diseases and infectious disease outbreaks.  With ESSENCE, state medical technicians can obtain information about emergency room patient symptoms, data on the use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescriptions dispensed to patients, and real-time school absentee records.

To read the Public Health Preparedness: 2012 State-by-State Report on Laboratory, Emergency Operations Coordination and Emergency Public Information and Warning Capabilities, click on: http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/pubs-links/2012/documents/2012%20State-By-State_Preparedness_Report.pdf

 

For more information about emergency preparedness and response efforts at DHMH, click on

http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Home.aspx and go to the Emergency Preparedness tab at the top of the page.

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

RABIES ADVISORY NOTICE

A CONFIRMED RABID RACCOON
HAS BEEN FOUND near Girdletree off of Rt. 12

• REPORT IMMEDIATELY sick animals and those acting in an unusual manner, as there may or will be additional rabid animals in this area. Prevent/report contact with people or pets. Contact Animal Control, the County Sheriff’s office or your local Police Department.

Read more ...

Effective January 2, 2019, the WCHD Vital Records Department will be open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Read more ...

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:

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

Homeless Outreach Team provides resources and services to area homeless

Ocean City, MD- Launched earlier this year, the Worcester County Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) provides support services to homeless individuals within the county. Stemming from Worcester County’s Homeless Committee, through the Local Management Board, the HOT team is a partnership between the Worcester County Health Department, Local Behavioral Health Authority, Department of Social Services, Ocean City Police Department, Diakonia, Ocean City Crisis Coalition, and Atlantic General Hospital. Launched earlier this year, the Worcester County Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) provides support services to homeless individuals within the county. Stemming from Worcester County’s Homeless Committee, through the Local Management Board, the HOT team is a partnership between the Worcester County Health Department, Local Behavioral Health Authority, Department of Social Services, Ocean City Police Department, Diakonia, Ocean City Crisis Coalition, and Atlantic General Hospital.

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program