The Health Department tracks a wide range of health data to help determine its strategy to address health disparities and improve public health. We also participate in a number of regional and statewide groups that create plans to address specific health concerns.
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to leaders and residents so people and communities can be healthier. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute created CHR&R for communities across the nation, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This report highlights how access to opportunity and economic security are both tied to residents’ health and variable depending on their location.
All jurisdictions in Maryland have Local Health Improvement Coalitions to address pressing health issues. In 2021, the five Mid-Shore counties banded together to share knowledge and leverage scarce resources. Their initial task is to address the prevention and management of prediabetes and diabetes, and stakeholders across the region are working together to create the first Diabetes Action Plan for the Mid Shore.
Mid-Shore Diabetes Action Plan
Mid-Shore Community Behavioral Health Plan
The FY2022 Community Behavioral Health Plan is representative of the collaborative and integrated work of the six local authorities responsible for managing Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System for the mid-shore counties of Maryland: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. The FY2022 Community Behavioral Health Plan is the first regional behavioral health plan representative of the mid-shore.
The classroom-based Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Tobacco Survey is administered bi-annually to Maryland students.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional Survey was not able to be administered to Maryland students during the 2020-2021 academic year. Instead, the Maryland Department of Health administered an online survey to assess youth risk behaviors during the pandemic. This survey combined subsets of questions from various other surveys and asked about physical health, safety, substance use, mental health, food insecurity, sexual behaviors, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and positive childhood experiences (PCEs).
The Maryland Youth Pandemic Survey Report, and infographic are now available.