Baltimore County News
Baltimore County offers free HIV testing at multiple locations
The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting five, free HIV testing clinics in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The clinics will be held from February 6 to 9 and are open to everyone, regardless of race.
February 7, 2017 marks the 17th year of NBHAAD observance. The initiative aims to raise awareness of HIV among African Americans. The key component is testing as it is hoped that African Americans will mark February 7 of every year as their annual or biannual day to get tested for HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the more than 1.2 million people in the United States estimated to have HIV, approximately 13% are unaware of it. And, although African Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, they account for 44% of the HIV diagnoses.
“Even though these clinics are being held in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it’s critical for everyone ages 13 and older to get tested and to know their status,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “What you don’t know can hurt you—and others. So take advantage of our free testing opportunities.”
All testing is oral, with results provided within 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary.
HIV Clinic Schedule
February 6, from 4 to 7 PM
Towson Health Center – 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21286
February 7, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212
February 7, from 8:30 AM to 6 PM
Woodlawn Health Center - 1811 Woodlawn Drive, 21207
February 8, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Drumcastle Government Center - 6401 York Road, 21212
February 9, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Eastern Family Resource Center – 9100 Franklin Square Drive, 21237
Please note in the event of inclement weather, the clinics may be canceled, and will not be rescheduled. For cancellation information, call 410-887-4381.
For more information on Baltimore County’s NBHAAD clinics or year-round HIV testing clinics, call 410-887-2437 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/gettested.
Baltimore County seeking to enroll residents in a national program
The Baltimore County Department of Health recently received a grant to enroll people with prediabetes in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), an evidence-based lifestyle change program. The NDPP in Baltimore County is offering free seminars to help those with prediabetes and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
One in three adults have prediabetes and most are unaware of their condition. Prediabetes means a person has a blood glucose (blood sugar) level higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and it is preventable. People with prediabetes may delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and possibly return their blood glucose levels to normal by participating in this free program.
The NDPP in Baltimore County meets in a small group for just one hour every week for 16 weeks. A trained lifestyle coach leads the weekly sessions to help participants improve food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. The goal of the NDPP is to have participants eat healthy, be more active, and lose body weight and keep it off.
You may be eligible for the Diabetes Prevention Program if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 24, and have been told by a doctor you have prediabetes, or score 9 or higher on the diabetes risk test. Take the prediabetes risk test online at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention. Free seminars to learn about the NDPP in Baltimore County will be offered at the following locations:
Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, 21212 Third Floor Conference Room
Thursday, January 26, noon to 1 PM
Tuesday, February 21, noon to 1 PM
Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive, 21237 Room 101A
Tuesday, February 7, noon to 1 PM
Owings Mills Campus
10225 Jensen Lane, 21117 Room 118
Thursday, February 9, noon to 1 PM
Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive, 21133 Room C51
Tuesday, February 14, noon to 1 PM
For more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Baltimore County, call the Department of Health at 410-887-0413.
Attend a free training in Baltimore County
The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal Naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose. Training is scheduled for the following dates in 2017:
Wednesday, January 25*, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Drumcastle Government Center, Third Floor
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Wednesday, February 15*, from 6 to 8 p.m.
1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
Tuesday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Essex
911 Mace Avenue
Essex, Maryland 21221
Tuesday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hiss United Methodist Church
8700 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234
Tuesday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
855 Sulphur Spring Road
Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21212
*These training will be cancelled if Baltimore County Government closes due to inclement weather.
The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.
The session will teach registrants how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone that can be filled on site, and a kit containing information and other materials.
Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/odresponse or call 410-887-3828.