Baltimore County News
Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
Director, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services
Let’s be honest. Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor. In fact, women are 100% more likely to seek preventative care than men. Whether its stubbornness, avoidance, or even social reasons, you can’t avoid the fact that men put themselves at high risk by not being proactive about their health. Serious conditions such as high cholesterol and blood pressure don’t have obvious symptoms that can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Also, many cancers don’t present with telltale signs until it’s too late.
Whether you’re a man, or have a man in your life that you care about, odds are a checkup is overdue. The good news is that the Baltimore County Department of Health is offering free help. On June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: the Woodlawn Health Center and the Eastern Family Resource Center, men ages 18 and older can receive free screenings. No appointment or insurance is necessary.
The following screenings will be offered:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- HIV/STI testing
- Oral cancer
- Substance abuse
June is Men’s Health Month - a great time to man up, check up, and tune up. Get serious about your health and take advantage of these free screenings. For more information, call 410-887-2705.
Major Upgrades Address Health and Safety
The Social Security Administration has been headquartered in Woodlawn for more than 55 years, yet the agency’s main operations building has seen no major renovations or systems upgrades since it was built in 1959.
Today, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced $150 million in federal funds have been secured for major upgrades to the Altmeyer building. The renovations will address health and safety issues, meet current accessibility standards, improve space utilization and provide a comfortable, energy efficient working environment that meets 21st century standards.
11,000 Jobs in Woodlawn
The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn. With 11,000 workers, it is Baltimore County’s single largest employer.
“This significant investment ensures that Baltimore County remains home to the Social Security Administration for decades to come,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We thank Senator Mikulski for her hard work and commitment to keeping these important jobs here.”
'Be in the Know Community Resource Day'
Residents are invited to a free day of information sessions on topics ranging from Credit 101 to starting a small business, renter’s rights, how to become a homeowner and services for seniors and veterans, Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21207.
A highlight of “Be in the Know Community Resource Day” is a morning “Speak Up” session where residents can share thoughts on services their communities need.
“Baltimore County government is constantly searching for better ways to support our residents by providing easy access to housing, business and health services that can help them prepare for a bright future,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Community Resource Day is also an important opportunity for County government to listen to our west side residents and learn what services they would like to see in their communities.”
Free Homeownership and Small Business Sessions
Twenty-five exhibitor will be on hand at the event, with free information presentations throughout the day. A homeownership track includes sessions on how to get approved for a loan, lead paint hazards in your home, making your home energy efficient, and down payment and closing cost assistance. Entrepreneurship opportunities are discussed at sessions on free small business services, business finance and government contracting.
Baltimore County is planning additional Community Resource Days for other communities in the coming months.
Revised April 6, 2016