The St. Mary’s County Health Department is the local health planning entity for the county and focuses on protecting and promoting health for all county residents and visitors. The agency has delegated duties to enforce local and state laws and regulations regarding health and the environment. As the population health leader for the county, the department provides support to a variety of community partners working collaboratively to address health and serves as a health education resource for local residents.
The Health Department addresses local environmental health through its efforts to prevent foodborne infections, poor water quality and water-related illness, unsanitary living conditions, diseases transmitted by various animals, and sewage-related health concerns. The agency also prevents and controls local infectious disease outbreaks, provides guidance in county efforts to address health-related emergency situations, and works closely with public and non-public schools to protect child health. The department decreases the impact of the top causes of death in the county through its efforts in chronic disease prevention and control and promotion of health lifestyle behaviors. Through its Health Clinic available to the public, the Health Department provides certain clinical services that have public health implications – including infection diagnosis and treatment, blood pressure screening, and women’s wellness services. In addition, the agency provides multiple services to promote access to health care and address the health needs of Medicaid recipients, seniors, pregnant women, children, and individuals with disabilities. Vital records, including birth and death certificates, may be obtained via the Health Department.