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 learntolivehealthy.org. 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: call 410-222-6640.
•The Department of Health offers free, confidential testing and counseling for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For appointments: Annapolis center, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie center, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. For personal and confidential HIV case-management services, call 410-222-7108.
•The county Health Department offers free breast exams, mammograms, AP tests and cervical-cancer screenings to eligible county residents 40 and older. Information: call 410-222-6180 or visit learntolivehealthy.org.
•University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer free blood pressure screenings from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 24 at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.
The county Health Department offers health tips to prevent gastroenteritis, an illness of the stomach and intestines on its website, aahealth.org. Click on "Gastroenteritis" under "Hot Topics."
•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: call 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: call 410-222-4896 or visit the community health section at aahealth.org/immunizations.
•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: call 410-222-7144.
•Baby-care kits containing information on having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Information: aahealthybabies.org or call 410-222-7223. Also, free pregnancy and breast-feeding information is featured in the baby-care kits. To take the free, online "Taking Care of a Baby" and "Home Safety" classes, go to aahealthybabies.org. For information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats: 800-370-7328.
•Substance-abuse treatment services through Community Treatment Services. Information: call 410-222-0120. Methadone and suboxone maintenance services through the Health Department's adult addictions clinic: 410-222-0100.
• Order a free Talk to Your Teen About Sex Kit at 410-222-4468. The Health Department urges all females to learn about protecting themselves through vaccination and Pap tests. Also, the department offers education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion include benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The department provides education, prevention screening and treatment services. Visit aahealth.org/programs/comm-diseases/std or call 410-222-7382.
•The REACH health care program offers low-cost doctor visits, checkups, prescription medicine, lab work and tests, radiology services and dental services to uninsured county residents. Information: call 410-222-4531.
•Maryland birth certificates. Information: call 410-222-4462 or visit aahealth.org/birthcertificates.
•Behavioral health services are available to county veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their spouses and children, ages 5 to 18. Information: call 410-222-1117.
•The Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, education, breast feeding support and resource referrals to pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women and children up to age 5. To qualify, call 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).
•The Learn to Live program has more than 675 free recipes low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber. Many are suited for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. Visit learntolivehealthy.org and click on "Search Recipes" under "Food And Fitness."
•A free booklet, "Don't Let Us Get Hooked on Tobacco," is available to parents who want to dissuade children and teens from smoking. The booklet is sponsored by the Learn to Live program and can be ordered or downloaded online at learntolivehealthy.org. Information: call 410-222-7979.
•The Learn to Live Healthy program offers an annual newsletter for child care providers and parents. The newsletter includes healthy eating tips, advice on when to keep ill children home, facts on pertussis (whooping cough) and approaches to prevent temper tantrums. In addition to "Building Blocks," Learn to Live offers publications for parents and child care providers that can be ordered from the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or on the website at learntolivehealthy.org.
Sun safety resources. The Learn to Live Healthy program offers free sun smart kits to county residents. The kit contains the new "Sun Confidential" brochure with information on selecting and applying sunscreen and skin cancer detection. Call the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or on the website at learntolivehealthy.org click on "Free Materials."
The Department of Health offers the following mental health services for children and adults:
•Adolescent and family services, 410-222-6785
•Addictions treatment, 410-222-6725
•Prevention and education services to prevent violent behavior and alcohol and drug abuse in young people, 410-222-6724
•Mental health and substance abuse treatment is available to veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Information: 410-222-0117
For additional information about mental health services, visit aahealth.org or call the county's crisis response line, 410-768-5522.