STATE SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROCEDURES FOR RECOMMENDING PHYSICIAN VISA WAIVERS

 Baltimore, MD (October 10, 2012) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) requests informal comments from the public on proposed changes to the state’s procedures for recommending candidate physicians to the U.S. Department of State for J-1 Visa Waivers.

The federal J-1 Visa Waiver Program enables foreign physicians to remain in the U.S. after completing their graduate education, with the recommendation of a state health department, to improve access to primary care and other health services in medically underserved areas.

There is a shortage of primary care physicians, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology, in many areas of Maryland. It is Maryland's goal to maximize the number of J-1 Visa Waiver physicians who deliver primary care and work in primary care settings in underserved and rural areas.

Because Maryland is limited to 30 physician recommendations each year, Maryland plans to change its procedures to better align the placement of J-1 Visa Waiver candidates it recommends to the U.S. Department of State with Maryland’s goal to improve access to primary care.

The changes to the procedures are open for review and comment at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Open%20Requests%20for%20Comments.aspx.

For more information on the federal J-1 Visa Waiver Program and the waiver recommendation process in Maryland, visit http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/ohpp/docs/J1-Fact-Sheet.pdf.

 

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SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, to be vaccinated for the 2018-2019 seasonal flu. People age 65 years and older have a choice of two flu vaccines available to them at the Worcester County Health Department. They can choose to receive a regular flu vaccine or a high dose flu vaccine which may result in a stronger immune response against the flu.

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Due to ongoing construction issues, the WACS Center will be closed through October 19 and move services to other locations. The center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 22nd.

All services at this site have been relocated to either Snow Hill or the Berlin Health Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information or to check on the status of your appointment, please call 410-632-1100.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

This bacterium is found in the nose, throat and mouth of an infected person, and can be easily spread. Pertussis can occur at any age, but often causes serious problems in babies, and is usually milder in older children and adults. Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those that have not received all their vaccinations are at highest risk for severe illness and complications. Complications of pertussis can include pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures, and other physical and medical outcomes associated with a severe cough.

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Our new Just Walk Worcester website has information on local parks, walking tips, and videos of trails in our area. If you like to walk, check it out! Click the image below to see the new site. 

 

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Snow Hill, MD- Worcester County Health Department will launch “Just Walk Worcester” on October 12. This new website will be an inclusive resource for finding places to walk and explore no matter where you are in the county. The site features maps of all local parks and trails as well as walking tips, helpful videos, and details about each area including the length of trails, if there are any fees and if the spot is pet-friendly. Residents can view drone footage of each trail, allowing walkers to know the ins and outs of the path before they even lace up their shoes.

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