Spanish-language line

February 21, 2010

A Spanish-speaking operator will answer calls to the Aprenda a Vivir Spanish Language Line of the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410-222-4479, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Callers can leave messages at other times. Information about community health services and free Spanish-language informational materials are available.

Baby care kits
Free pregnancy and baby care kits are available through the Department of Health and the Healthy Babies Coalition. To order the kits, go to aahealth.org/healthybabies.asp or call 1-800-817-8687.

Continuing services
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Boosters are given before entering kindergarten. For additional information, call 410-222-4896 or visit the community health section of www.aahealth.org.

•Adolescent health services, providing confidential, free or low-cost health education, pregnancy testing, birth control, exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, counseling, referrals and family planning services. Clinic services are available at North County Health Services (410-222-6625) and Parole Health Center (410-222-7247).

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

•WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Call 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

•Free quit-smoking classes and kits are offered to county residents 18 and older. Contact the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or go to myquitkit.org for information.

•HIV/AIDS services include free confidential testing and counseling. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248.

•Substance abuse treatment services are available through Community Treatment Services. Call 410-222-0117. Methadone and Suboxone maintenance services are available through the Department of Health's adult addictions clinic at 410-222-0100.

•Education and outreach programs for adolescents and parents. Topics for discussion are: benefits of abstinence, responsible decision-making, pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. For more information call Healthy Teens and Young Adults 410-222-4468.

•Prescription discount program is available to all county residents. For more information or to apply, call 410-222-4531 and mention Group #586 or go to scriptsave.com and log in using Group #586.

•The Medical Assistance for Families/MCHP program offers comprehensive medical coverage to income-eligible families, children and pregnant women through managed-care organizations (MCOs). For an application call 410-222-4792.

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