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Department of Health Overview

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Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
Director, Health and Human Services | Health Officer
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Phone: 410-887-BCHD (2243)
TTY users call via Maryland Relay
The Department provides language assistance services free of charge to persons with limited English proficiency.

It is the vision of the Baltimore County Department of Health to have healthy people living, working and playing in Baltimore County. We aim to promote health and prevent disease by educating communities, advocating for healthy lifestyles, linking people to resources and treating various health conditions. As a service-oriented agency, we encourage you to use this valuable tool to access our services, get important health information, or to contact us.

Health Highlights

  • Health Alerts:

    • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an alert about an increase in seasonal influenza activity across the nation. The Department of Health is reminding residents to safeguard their health by getting a flu shot and by practicing the flu F.A.C.T.S. to minimize the virus’ spread. Flu shots are still available at Baltimore County Health Centers (with the exception of Towson) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have a group of five or more people needing a flu shot, please call 410-887-2705 for an appointment.

    • The Zika virus, which is spread to people through mosquito bites, has affected United States residents who have traveled to certain countries. View information provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the Zika virus.

  • February is Heart Health Month - Read the Health Officer's blurb on the importance of listening to your heart.

  • Free, additional HIV testing clinics available February 1 to 8, in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The clinics are open to everyone regardless of race and no appointment is needed.

  • Cold Weather Resources - If you are looking for a warm environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “warming centers” available where you can get relief from the cold.

  • Save a loved one from dying from an overdose. Register to attend a free, two-hour overdose response training.

Programs and Services

  • Animal Services - Get information about lost pets, pet adoptions, spaying and neuter services, microchipping and more.

  • Environmental Health Services - Get information on monitoring and consultation regarding food facilities, swimming pools and water sampling.

  • General Health Services - Get information on available health services for the general public and specialty groups and our health centers.

  • Information and Resources - Get information on a variety of health and safety topics and resources.

  • Community Event Requests - Complete our Web form to partner with the Department of Health on your community event.

Revised February 3, 2016

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