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By Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Health Officer and Director, Department of Health

Are you someone who likes to start the New Year on a promising note? Have you fallen into the trap of making goals or resolutions that you cannot meet? Well, Baltimore County has a number of tools that may be just the thing for you!

If you live, work, or play in Baltimore County, use the following tips to become a STAR and shoot towards a healthier you. If some of the tips don't apply to you, don't sweat it. Instead, share them with someone you know who could benefit from them.

 

Stop Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting or want to quit, Baltimore County has a number of different programs at various times and locations that may work for you. And, even better our smoking cessation classes are free.

Take the Test

What you don’t know could hurt you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 13 to 64 know their status. You can get free, anonymous testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases at a Department of Health clinic. Sharing this information is great, spreading an infection is not.

Adopt a Pet

Owning a pet can help reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, it’s a great antidote for loneliness that can also increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.

There are numerous pets in Baltimore County that are in need of someone who will love and care for them. Consider opening your heart and home to an adoptable pet.

Remember to Schedule Routine Appointments

Women can take care of their cervical and breast health by scheduling an annual mammogram and routine Pap test. These screenings may be available free of charge to income eligible women. Men, take care of the women you love, by reminding them to schedule these live-saving tests. Remember to schedule prostate exams and colonoscopies as well.

For more information about these tips, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services by calling 410-887-BCHD (2243).


June is Men’s Health Month

Baltimore County health officials are encouraging men to take advantage of free screening clinics. These clinics serve uninsured and underinsured teenage and adult males.

The purpose of the Men’s Health 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 on the following dates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations. No appointment is necessary.

June 9
Woodlawn Health Center
1811 Woodlawn Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21207

May 19, June 16 
Essex Health Center
201 Back River Neck Road
Essex, Maryland 21221

Hannah More Academy Center
12035 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

May 26, June 23
Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21113

“As the health officer for Baltimore County and a physician for over 25 years, I am a firm believer that when we have healthy men, we have healthy families,” said Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “With things like HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, obesity and diabetes on the rise, one of the best ways to attack these problems is by addressing the health conditions that impact men, who tend not to seek routine or preventative health care.”

Available screenings at the free clinics will include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Flu shots
  • Glucose
  • HIV/STI testing
  • Substance use
  • Weight and height

For more information on our men’s health screening clinics, call 410-887-2705.
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Revised September 11, 2017