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Health officials encourage men to take control of their health

After running three pilot clinics in 2016, Baltimore County health officials are now offering free weekly screening clinics to uninsured and underinsured teenage and adult males. Each week the clinic will be held on Friday mornings at one or two of health centers operated by the Department of Health.

“During our pilot clinics we served over 40 men with a variety of urgent and minor health issues,” said Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “It is my hope that this additional clinic specifically for men, will help us address the rising HIV and sexually transmitted infection rates among young men, while helping them make better health and lifestyle choices.”

The purpose of the Men’s Health Screening Clinic is aligned with the Department of Health’s mission to prevent disease and promote health through education, advocacy, linkage to care and treatment. Males who attend the free clinics for a “tune up” will be provided with:​

  • Education about health and appropriate screenings,
  • Advocacy and assistance with applying for Medical Assistance,
  • Links to community resources for those without insurance, while those with insurance will be referred to their primary care providers for follow up, and
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

The men’s health clinics will be available at the following locations:

 

February 17, from 8 a.m. to noon

Essex Health Center
201 Back River Neck Road | Essex, Maryland 21221

Hannah More Academy Center
12035 Reisterstown Road | Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

February 24, 8 a.m. to noon

Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive | Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resources Drive | Randallstown, Maryland 21113

Available screenings at the free clinics will include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose
  • HIV/STI testing
  • Substance use
  • Weight

Men will also receive information and resources on:

  • Applying for health insurance
  • Quit smoking classes
  • Cancer prevention

For more information on STI testing or our men’s screening clinics, call 410-887-2705.


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.

 

 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016