Anne Arundel County health briefs

April 23, 2010

Scholarship for childrenof breast cancer patients

The Joan Lauffer Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund will award up to $1,000 to a collegebound high school senior who has or had a parent with breast cancer. The student should attend public or private school in Anne Arundel County.

Write an essay, one to three paragraphs, explaining how cancer has affected your family and how the scholarship will help. Deadline is May 31. Send the essay to wm.lauffer@gmail.com with name, age, phone number, e-mail address, high school, college/university hoping to attend (either two- or four-year) and prospective major or area of interest. The fund is named for Joan Lauffer, a resident of Edgewater and Riva for 25 years and a mother of four who died in 2004 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She started the fund to help ease the financial and emotional burden of a collegebound high school senior dealing with a parent with breast cancer. Information: 410-956-0791.

Food shopping education

Sponsored by the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, educators will answer questions on nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes.

Giant Food, 6626 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2.

Box n' Save, 7931 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie: noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 14; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16.

Spanish-language line

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.

Spanish-language program on women's breast health

Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the program is offered to women age 40 and older featuring a discussion with professionals and breast cancer survivors, exhibits, dinner and door prizes. The free program will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 30 at the Emmanuel Hispanic Church, 913 Cedar Park Road, Annapolis. To register, call the department of health's breast and cervical cancer program at 410-222-6071.

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. Information: 410-222-4896 or go to the community health section of http://www.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.

•Healthy pregnancy and baby-care kits are available by calling the Tot's Line at 1-877-817-8687. This confidential help line offers advice and county service referrals for pregnant women, parents and caregivers of children as old as age 5.

•WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Information: 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 visit http://www.LearnToLiveHealthy.org. Also, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Owensville Primary Care will offer free quit-smoking classes sponsored by the health department. Information: Anne Arundel Medical Center at 443-481-4000 or the Owensville center at 410-867-4700. Pre-registration is required.

•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. Information: 410-222-7108.

•Substance abuse treatment services are available through Community Treatment Services. Information: 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. Information: Healthy Teens and Young Adults 410-222-4468.

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

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