The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a 13,300-square-foot facility to serve veterans in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The clinic is at 2479 Fifth St., adjacent to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on the Fort George G. Meade Installation. Services include general outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, TeleHealth services and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Medical Health Care System. Information: 410-305-5300.
Men's health kits
The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers free men's health kits with information on prostate health and colorectal cancer screening, as well as HIM magazine, which includes information on sun safety, smoking, nutrition and other men's health tips. To order a kit, call Learn to Live at 410-222-7979. Information: learntolivehealthy.org.
Health email alerts
The Department of Health has a community health email alert system to provide timely notices about department services and community health issues. Also, a recreational water-quality email alert system has been in effect since 2006. It alerts subscribers when a closure or advisory is issued for a county waterway. Information: 410-222-4508 or aahealth.org/alerts.
The Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers quit-smoking and power-to-quit-smoking kits. Kits are available from the Learn To Live line, 410-222-7979, or from the Spanish-language line, 410-222-4479 or visit learntolivehealthy.org. Free classes include counseling and may include nicotine replacement. Pre-registration is required at the following sites:
•Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Classes on going. Information: 410-777-2480.
•Anne Arundel Medical Center, Health Sciences Institute, 2000 Medical Parkway. Annapolis. Classes begin in January, February and May. Information: 443-481-4000 or visit aamcevents.com.
•Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Tate Cancer Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Classes begin in February and April. Information: 410-787-4367 or visit mybwmc.org.
•Owensville Primary Care, 134 Owensville Road, West River. Classes begin in January and April. Information: 410-867-4700 or visit owensvillepc.com.
Visit Anne Arundel Health at pinterest.com/aahealthdept and become a follower for healthy recipes, get moving activities and obesity prevention.
•The Department of Health offers healthy eating advice and safe traveling tips for babies this holiday season. Also, pregnancy and baby care kits are available online or to take the free online "Taking Care of a Baby" and "Home Safety" classes, go to aahealthybabies.org. or call 410-222-7223.
•Medical coverage for families. Medical Assistance for families/MCHP provides comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed care organizations (MCOs). Information: call the Department of Health 410-222-4792 or visit aahealth.org/mchp.
•HIV/AIDS services. The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For an appointment call: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Additional information: 410-222-7108.
•Behavioral health services for children and teens and their families without private medical insurance. For mental health services and referrals 410-222-6785. For substance abuse services call 410-222-6725.
•The Administration Care Coordination Unit provides services to clients who are enrolled in or may be eligible for medical assistance and HealthChoice to help them gain access to health care. Information: 410-222-7541 or 410-222-4380.
•Children's immunization shots at two months, four months, six months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or visit the community health section at aahealth.org/immunizations.
•Education and outreach services for adolescents and parents are available on the following topics: benefits of abstinence, responsible decision making, pregnancy prevention and the prevent of sexually transmitted infections. Information: 410-222-4468.