Care for cancer patients
The Wellness House of Annapolis offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children. Walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free for cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or email@example.com.
New community health e-mail alert system
The county Department of Health has a new community health e-mail alert system to provide timely notices about department services and community health issues. Also, a recreational water quality e-mail alert system has been in effect since 2006. It alerts subscribers when a closure or advisory is issued for a county waterway. For information about both alert services, visit aahealth.org. Click on sign-up to receive community health e-mail alerts or call the Public Information Office at 410-222-4508.
Patient disability pamphlet
The county Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients With Disabilities Working Together," with suggestions for doctors to make visits go more smoothly, including information on training staff, obtaining equipment for the disabled and welcoming service animals. To obtain a copy, call the Americans With Disabilities Act office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3056, or go to http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on Doctors Office Brochure.
Prostate cancer brochure
The county Health Department's Learn to Live program offers a free brochure, "Don't Get Hit Below the Belt," with information on the risks of prostate cancer, prevention and the two most commonly used methods of screening. Information: 410-222-7979 or learntolivehealthy.org.
Free flu vaccinations
The Department of Health offers free flu shots and nasal-spray vaccines during weekly walk-in clinics or by scheduling appointments at the Glen Burnie and Parole health centers. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49, but is not for pregnant women. The new high-dose flu shot for people 65 and older is also provided. Information: Glen Burnie center, 410-222-6633, or Parole center, 410-22-7247, or go to aahealth.org.
Lupus support group Sponsored by The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA, a trained professional will discuss diagnosis and treatment at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Wellness Center, lower level of the Medical Pavilion, Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive #100, Columbia. Information: 888-349-1167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joslin Circle Diabetes support group discusses current issues regarding diabetes management. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, Suite 223, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4940.
Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group Offers information about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4367.
Stroke support group Meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-787-4732.
Caregivers support group Provides information, respite and support to people who give care to family and friends. The group meets 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month except July and August at the Heritage Office Complex in the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.
Diabetes support group For diabetics and their families, the group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223, Glen Burnie.
Joint School A free session on the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip- and knee-replacement surgery will be held at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.
Bereavement support groups
General support group for those 18 and older grieving the loss of a loved one meets from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through March 24 at the Life Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis.
•Suicide support group for those 18 and older meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the center.
•"Stepping Stones," a support group for children ages 8-13 who are grieving the loss of a loved one, meets from 10 a.m. to noon monthly on Saturdays at the center.
Registration is required for all groups. Information: 410-987-2129.
•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible female county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.
•Colorectal screenings and informational kits are available through the county Health Department's Learn to Live program. Screenings are free to county residents ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured and income-eligible. To order a free kit: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or learntolivehealthy.org.
Vision and hearing screenings sponsored by the county's Health Department will conduct mandated vision and hearing screenings in public schools for new students, children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grades.
March screenings will be at:
St. Mary's Elementary, Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8
Calvary Center School, Tuesday, March 8
Crofton Day School, Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9
Benjamin Franklin Learning Center, Wednesday, March 9
Ferndale Early Education Center, Thursday, March 10
Mayo Nursery School, Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11
First Lutheran Preschool, His Kids Preschool, Friday, March 11
J. Albert Adams Academy, Friday, March 11
Marley Glen School, Ruth Parker Eason School, March 15 and 16
St. Paul's Lutheran School, March 17 and March 21
St. Philip Neri School, March 17 and 18
Central Special, South County Pre-Kindergarten Co-op, March 21 and 22
The Key School, March 22 and 23
Granite Baptist Church School, March 23
Heritage Learning Center, March 23, 24 and 25
Nantucket Elementary, March 24 and 25
Messiah United Methodist Preschool, March 28
Solley Elementary, March 28 and 29
Eastport Elementary, March 29
Millersville Elementary, St. John the Evangelist School, March 30 and 31
For additional information, contact Kim Roussey, vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838.
The county Health Department offers:
•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 aahealth.org.
•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.
Free kits about healthy pregnancy and baby care kits are available from the Anne Arundel Healthy Babies Coalition. The kits also contain useful information for pregnant women. Information: aahealthybabies.org. For information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats: 800-370-7328. To take the online "Taking Care of a Baby" class, which includes information on safe sleeping and how to calm a crying baby, go to aahealthybabies.org.
Free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals through the WIC supplemental nutrition program. County residents must meet income guidelines to qualify. Information: 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).
•Free quit-smoking classes and kits for county residents 18 and older. Information: Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or learntolivehealthy.org.
•Free confidential testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.
•Substance abuse treatment services through Community Treatment Services. Information: 410-222-0117. Methadone and Suboxone maintenance services through the Health Department's adult addictions clinic: 410-222-0100.
•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. Information: Healthy Teens and Young Adults, 410-222-4468.
•Prescription discount program for county residents. For information or to apply: 410-222-4531 and mention Group No. 586, or scriptsave.com and log in using Group No. 586.
•Comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations through the Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program. Applications: 410-222-4792.
•Maryland birth certificates. Information: aahealth.org/about_vitalrec.asp or 410-222-4462.
•Behavioral health services for children ages 5 to 18 and their families. For mental health services and referrals: 410-222-6785. For substance abuse services: 410-222-6725 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
•Low-cost doctor visits, checkups, prescription medicine, lab work and tests, radiology services and dental services through the REACH health care program for uninsured adults in partnership with the county's medical society. Information: 410-222-4531.
•Medical assistance transportation services for clients with a valid Maryland Medical Assistance/Health Choice Card and no means of public or private transportation to and from medical appointments. Information: 410-222-7152.
Healthful recipes for diabetic, meatless and low-sodium diets. Visit learntolivehealthy.org, click on healthy recipes search under food and fitness.