The Baltimore County Department of Health provides a number of services to ensure the health and safety of women, infants and children in Baltimore County via the following programs for County residents.
|Children with Special Healthcare Needs|
|Infant and Toddlers||Phone: 443-809-2169|
|Lead Poisoning Prevention|
Maternal and Child Health
|The Well Child Clinic|
Immunizations Phone Contacts:
|Women, Infant and Children (WIC)|
This program provides free family support, case management, information, referral and advocacy services to County residents between the ages of birth and 21 years who has a developmental disability.
The Infants and Toddlers Program is a joint venture of the Baltimore County Department of Health, Baltimore County Public Schools, Department of Social Services and other private agencies. The program supports families of children from birth through 36 months of age who have, or may have, developmental delays, or a condition that puts them at risk of delays. Below is a brief overview of the program:
- Initial Meeting—Staff meet with and assess each child referred to the program.
- Develop Individualized Family Service Plan—Staff work with the family and their medical provider to develop the plan, which describes strengths and needs of the child and family, and how best to meet those needs.
- Services Provided—Based on the needs of the child and family, the program can provide services at no cost and in any setting where the child may live, learn and play, such as the home, a childcare setting, a public or private play center, or an Infants and Toddlers site.
- Assistive technology (equipment)
- Developmental monitoring
- Individual and family counseling
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Service coordination (case management)
- Social work
- Speech and language therapy
- Provides early identification and intervention for children at risk for and exposed to environmental lead
- Provides case management for children with an elevated blood lead level to assure that appropriate education, home assessment, nutritional counseling and medical follow-up are provided
- Provides lead hazard reduction services
- Educates target communities on the dangers of lead-based paint hazards
- Engages communities in how to create, access and maintain greener, healthier, lead-safe housing
Watch a video about how to find out if you have lead paint in your home.
A voluntary home visiting program that provides one to six home visits to families to improve the health of children by providing in-home support that focuses on the reduction and elimination of lead, asthma triggers and other environmental hazards.
- Be enrolled or eligible Medicaid or Maryland Children and Infant program
- Be a County resident
- Be under the age of 19 and previously diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma or have an elevated blood lead level (BLL) of 5 µg/dL or greater
- Meet income guidelines
Offers free case management services via telephone, to improve the health of children through health education on the reduction or elimination of lead hazards.
- Be a County resident
- Have a BBL of equal to or greater than 5 µg/dL
- Be age 6 or younger
The Well Child Clinic provides the following services to County residents from birth to age 21. In addition to
- Anemia Screening
- Developmental Screening
- Physical Examinations
- Tuberculosis Screening
Important Note: No acute care or emergency services are provided. Fees are based on a sliding scale, however, services will not be denied due to inability to pay.
Today, we can protect children younger than two years old from 14 serious diseases.
- Haemophilus Influenzae
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
For School-Age Children
View the vaccine requirements for children enrolled in preschool programs and in school in Maryland. If your child needs one or more vaccines, schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider.
We strongly urges that all teens receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to decrease their risk of developing cancer. HPV infection can cause:
- Cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in females
- Penile cancer in males
- Anal cancer
- Cancer of the back of the throat (oropharynx)
- Genital warts in both males and females
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition counseling for income-eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as children under age five with medical or nutritional risk factors.
Residents of the State of Maryland must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the program:
- Be pregnant or breastfeeding, a new mother, or have an infant or child up to age five
- Have a health or nutrition need
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
201 Back River Neck Road
Lansdowne Health Center
Eastern Family Resource Center
Towson Health Center
6901 Security Boulevard, Suite 100
The Maternal and Child Health Division is committed to improving the health of pregnant and parenting women, infants, children and children with special health care needs. Learn more about the following programs.
Community health workers and nurses help to Babies Born Healthy (BBH) Care Coordination and Perinatal Navigation Program
- Connect pregnant and parenting women with the appropriate clinical services, community resources and social supports through a screen-and-refer model
- Identify and connect them to the medical community, mental health and substance abuse counselors
- Assist with barriers in obtaining medical insurance.
- Pregnant women or women up to twelve weeks postpartum
- Resident of Baltimore County
Public health nurses provide home services and phone calls in order to:
- Identify children with medical and development concerns
- Refer families to a health provider and early intervention services
- Provide information about your baby's health and wellness
- Perform development evaluations to check your baby's growth and development
- Provide family caregivers with information and activities designed to promote child development
- Educate family caregivers on safe sleep, child passenger safety, and environmental or home safety
- Refer children with suspected development delays to the Infants and Toddlers Program for early intervention services
Children ages birth to 18 months qualify if they have one or more of the following:
- Premature birth less than 34 weeks gestation
- Low Apgar scores
- Hearing and vision risks
- Substance-exposed newborn
- Social, environmental, maternal mental health, health or medical, growth and development, inadequate shelter or living concerns
- Teen mother with inadequate social support or parenting skills
- Inadequate social support
FIMR utilizes a community-oriented process that reviews the circumstances surrounding fetal or infant death, with the goal of improving the health and safety of the community. The FIMR program consists of three steps, completed for each fetal and infant death case:
- Maternal Interview—The maternal interviewer makes every attempt to contact the family to request a confidential parental interview, which provides a narrative and key details that are unavailable elsewhere.
- Case Review—A team conducts a full a case review of feral and infant deaths to gather findings and draft preliminary recommendations.
- Action Strategies—The community action team refines and implements action strategies to address issues and identity resources to improve the health and safety of the community.
Call 410-887-2340 to learn more.
A public health nurse, home-visiting and case management program designed to help pregnant women and teens experience a healthy pregnancy and carry their baby to term. U.S. citizenship is not required.
Free, regular home visits by a public health nurse are provided to:
- Support and guide you to care for yourself during your pregnancy and after the delivery
- Provide health education about pregnancy, women's health and child development
- Discuss options for feeding your baby, including breastfeeding support
- Help connect women with needed services and resources
- Assistance with applying for Medicaid and WIC
- Assistance with finding a provider for yourself while pregnant, and a pediatrician for your baby once born
Participants must be:
- A County resident
- A teen or a women with health or mental health conditions that will affect your pregnancy