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June 3 at the Oregon Ridge Lodge

The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting its Fourth Annual Public Health Benefits Conference on June 3 at the Oregon Ridge Lodge in Cockeysville. The free event is intended to educate health care professionals about Medicaid programs for their clients.

Case managers, clinicians, outreach and social workers attending this event will learn about Medical Assistance programs, eligibility requirements and how to access the approval process. Programs covered are:

  • Maryland Children’s Health Program
  • Administrative Care Coordination Unit for Managed Care Organization Updates
  • New Substance Abuse Carve-out Process
  • DentaQuest
  • The Coordinating Center
  • Women, Infants and Children Program
  • Medical Assistance Transportation
  • Medical Assistance Personal Care Program
  • Value Options

Session Details

In order to accommodate the maximum number of participants, the conference is offering a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oregon Ridge Lodge is located at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030. Free parking is available. Registration is required.

Social Work continuing education credits will be awarded. The Baltimore County Department of Health is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to provide Category I Continuing Education Credits.

For questions or more information, contact Gina Meyer at 410-887-0598.

Member of Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health Community

The Baltimore County Department of Health is conducting a contact investigation regarding a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in a County resident who is a member of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health community.

 A small number of individuals who had significant contact with the TB confirmed individual, who are strongly recommended to get tested, have already been notified. In collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Health, the Baltimore City Health Department will follow up with individuals in The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health community who are strongly recommended to get TB testing. This contact investigation is on-going.

TB is a disease caused by bacteria that usually affect the lungs. Although this disease is spread from person to person through the air, a person needs to be in close contact for an extended amount of time to become infected. TB in the lungs can cause:

  • A bad cough that lasts longer than 2 weeks
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
  • Other symptoms that might include weakness or tiredness, unexpected weight loss, chills, fever or night sweats

For more information about this case investigation:

  • Media reporters, call the Public Information Officer at 410-887-6092.
  • For general questions relating to TB and this case investigation, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-2711.
  • If you have been notified that you are a contact and have questions regarding testing, call the
    Baltimore City Health Department at 410-396-9413.

photo of student by lockersLinda Grossman, M.D., Chief, Bureau of Clinical Services
Baltimore County Department of Health

As the lazy days of summer come to an end, many parents with school-age children are beginning their “back to school” preparations. If you’re among them, be sure to include your child’s pediatric check-up and/or annual immunizations on your list.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a list of recommended vaccinations ( your child should receive— as well as when they should receive them. New this year in the State of Maryland is a law requiring specific vaccinations for children who are entering kindergarten and seventh grade for the 2014-2015 school year. The law requires that students entering kindergarten this fall must have two varicella vaccinations. Meanwhile, students who are entering seventh grade must have one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination.

Immunization is a key part of protecting your child’s health. Millions of lives have been saved and untold cases of diseases have been prevented because of people getting vaccines to help them develop immunity to serious infections.  Diseases that used to affect many people, such as polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and meningitis, now are rare thanks to vaccines. It’s important to note that the germs that cause these illnesses continue to exist, so continued immunization is critical to the health of your child.

Additionally, immunization isn’t just good for your child’s health; it’s also good for those around him or her. When you immunize your child, you help protect the health of others including those who are too young to be vaccinated, those who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, and those for whom a vaccine may not be effective.  

As you enjoy your final days of summer and begin your back-to-school shopping, please include your child’s health among your plans. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe school year!

The Baltimore County Health Department will be offering free, recommended vaccinations for eligible children ages five through 18. Find a date and location:

Dr. Linda Grossman is a pediatrician in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and has been in practice for almost 40 years.

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