In 1922, the first county health department was formed by Allegany County. By 1934, each Maryland county had established its own health department.
Calvert County Health Department, 975 Solomon's Island Road North, Prince Frederick, Maryland, July 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Anne Arundel County Health Services Building, 3 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland, February 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In 2009, functions of the Community Health Administration, including oversight of local health departments, transferred to the Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration. In July 2009, oversight of local departments of health was placed directly under the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services.
Today, local health departments in Maryland's twenty-three counties and Baltimore City are overseen by the Public Health Services of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Each local health department administers and enforces State, county and municipal health laws, regulations, and programs. Public health programs tailored to community needs provide preventive care; immunizations; health education; drug and alcohol abuse counseling; and rabies and communicable disease prevention. Information about these and all other health-related state programs may be found by contacting local health departments.
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