Health

Free Online Parenting Classes

Join HC DrugFree & the Howard Co State's Attorney's Office for an evidence-based, interactive prevention program to provide families with skills/knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs/alcohol or engage in other dangerous behaviors.

The series of 4 Zoom classes is for parents/guardians of 9-14 year olds. (For slightly younger/older child, register & HC DrugFree will contact you to confirm.) Parent/guardian or child must live in Howard County.

Medication & Sharps Collection (Outdoor - Fun Volunteer Opportunity)

Community Service hours available at FUN outdoor community event.

The next prescription & over-the-counter Medication and Sharps (needles, syringes & EpiPens) collection will be held in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia (next to the Swim Center & The UPS Store) on Sat., Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Free! Convenient. Open to the public. Safe distancing. Follow CDC guidelines. Medication is guarded & transported by the Howard County Police & DEA. Youth not allowed near meds/sharps.

Mental Health Film Festival - Each and Every Day

The Horizon Foundation and CAPA are jointly hosting the screening of "Each and Every Day" on Monday, 10/18 at 6pm. This documentary explores youth mental health through the eyes of nine participants who have attempted suicide or have struggled with suicidal thoughts. They share not only challenges, but also their recoveries and hard-won wisdom about what made their life worth living. It is followed by a panel discussion with Emily Her, a recent graduate and author who will share her lived experience; Dawn Duignan, LCSW-C and local mental health provider; and Dr.

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength is a peer leadership and suicide prevention program open to 9th-12th graders in Howard County. Peer leaders work with adult advisors to design creative mental health awareness campaigns, while developing leadership skills and knowledge around mental health. Sources of Strength gives students an opportunity to create positive social change by using their voice and social influence to prevent suicide. The program is free and will meet in-person and virtually. Meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6:30 pm.

Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation

The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington (FCCGW) is a non-profit organization pursuing the goals to improve the overall mental health, bonding of family members, and the quality of life of those individuals and families that they belong to. 

We offer a free 15-minute psychiatric telephone consultation with the help of Dr. Han, Soo Woong, a Board Certified in Child/Adolescent and General Psychiatry with more than 40 years of experience in the Washington D.C. area.

BRAINY Research Study

We are seeking children 10-17 years old who recently had a concussion, and children 15-17 who have never had a concussion for a research study online or in-person.

For online visits, the child will complete thinking tests and a motor task. Parent will complete questionnaires sent via email link. Online visits last 1-2 hours. 

No Cost, Home Weatherization Upgrade Grant

This grant will utilize funds to make improvements to your home to help reduce monthly utility bills, improve home comfort and home indoor air-quality, as well as eliminate some health and safety issues. An Energy Assessment is performed on the home to determine what upgrades can be done by the grant to lower the energy bills. Upgrades may include attic insulation, air-sealing, duct-sealing, replacement or repair to cooling and heating equipment or water heaters, or replacement of older, non-energy star appliances. The grant pays the cost of the energy assessment and the upgrades. 

Howard County Food Bank

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) provides access to nutritious food through the operation of its Howard County Food Bank and the support  food pantries throughout Howard County, as well as by assisting clients with their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) applications. In addition, CAC operates a Community Garden, which provides locally grown, organic produce to clients of the Howard County Food Bank.