The Department of Health offers vision and hearing screenings for children in pre-school, kindergarten first and eighth grade and for students new to Anne Arundel county schools. Children in the following schools will be screened in December.

•Marley Elementary, Monday Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11

Linthicum Elementary, Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 12

•Freetown Elementary, Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 13

•George Cromwell Elementary, Thursday, Dec. 13

•School of the Incarnation, Friday, Dec. 14

•Brooklyn Park Middle, High Point Elementary, Dec. 17 and 18

•Hebron-Harman Elementary, Shady Side Elementary, Dec. 19 and 20

•Baldwin Child Care Center, South County Pre-Kindergarten CO-OP, Dec. 21

For additional information, contact Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor 410-222-6838.

•Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Anne Arundel County after lung cancer. Screenings and informational kits are available through the Health Department's Learn to Live program. To order a free kit, call the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or visit Also, the Department of Health's LifeScreen program offers free colorectal cancer screening to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. Information: 410-222-6640.

•The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For appointments: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; Parole, 410-222-7248. For personal and confidential HIV case management services, call 410-222-7108.

•The county health department offers a free women's health kit containing information about breast cancer prevention, colorectal and skin cancer prevention, tobacco cessation, healthy eating and physical activity. To order a kit call 410-222-7979. Free breast exams, mammograms, PAP tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180 or visit

Continuing services

The county Health Department offers:

•The Administration Care Coordination Unit, which 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 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section at

•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth control supplies to women younger than 25. For an appointment: 410-222-7144.

•Baby care kits containing information on having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Information: or call 410-222-7223. Also, free pregnancy and breast-feeding information is featured in the baby-care kits or to take the free online "Taking Care of a Baby" and Home Safety" classes, go to . For information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats: 800-370-7328.