Anne Arundel County health briefs

May 22, 2010

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, an organization that offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children, now has twice-a-week walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free and are open to cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required for all classes. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

Scholarship for childrenof breast cancer patients

The Joan Lauffer Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund will award up to $1,000 to a college-bound high school senior who now has or has 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. The 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 25-year resident of Edgewater and Riva 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 students dealing with a parent with breast cancer. Information: 410-956-0791.

Sun safety

Mascot Alex the Alligator will visit Anne Arundel County public library branches in June to teach children ages 3 to 6 about sun safety. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program. Alex will visit:

10 a.m. June 1, West County area, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton

10 a.m. June 2, South County branch, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale

10 a.m. June 8, Severna Park branch, 45 McKinsey Road, Severna Park

2 p.m. June 8, Edgewater branch, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

10 a.m. June 9, Broadneck branch, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis

Information on skin cancer prevention or to order a free Sun Smart Kit: http://www.LearnToLiveHealthy.org or the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979.

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 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 up to 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 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, 443-481-4000, or the Owensville center, 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, 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 No. 586 or scriptsave.com and log in using Group No. 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: 410-222-4792.

•Maryland birth certificates are available through the Health Department. Information: aahealth.org/about_vitalrec.asp or 410-222-4462.

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