Healthy Families Dorchester
A resource, referral, and home-visiting program, offered at no cost that assists parents in giving their children a healthy and safe start. Recognizing that we all need support from others during times of change, Family Assessment and Support Workers can help determine a family's needs and assist in accessing resources to meet those needs. When indicated, the program can provide intensive weekly home visiting for as long as five years. All Dorchester County pregnant women and their families and families with newborns are eligible, regardless of their income.
Teen Pregnancy Coordinator
In order to reduce the costly health and social consequences of teen pregnancy, the Coordinator is available to facilitate planning with the pregnant teen, her family, medical personnel, the schools, and other community agencies to develop and provide comprehensive services to pregnant and parenting teens. The Coordinator is also involved in teen pregnancy prevention efforts with other community agencies and concerned citizens. This coordinator works closely with the Healthy Families Dorchester team, Early Head Start team, and the School-based Health Center program staff.
School-Based Wellness Centers
This program provides comprehensive health and mental health services. The services are delivered in the school building and are coordinated with the child's primary medical care provider. Currently, Centers are located at Mace's Lane Middle School [410-228-0973], North Dorchester Middle School [410-943-3275], Cambridge-South Dorchester High School [410-228-3825], and North Dorchester High School [410-943-3316]. With parental permission, services are available to all students in schools with Wellness Centers. Mental health services are also available at select elementary schools in the county.
For more information, please contact Beth Spencer, LCSW-C, at 410-901-8177.
This program provides school health room services, vision, hearing, as well as communicable disease prevention and education at County Schools.
For more information, please contact Carolyn Spencer, RN, at 410-901-8167.
Attention Parents: New School Immunization Requirements
Kindergarten - 7th Grade have changed
Beginning September 2014:
UNSURE IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS IMMUNIZATIONS TO ENTER SCHOOL IN THE FALL?
Call your child's doctor or pediatrician now!
If your child needs immunizations:
Make an appointment with your child's doctor or
Call Ruth Baker, RN, of Dorchester County Health Department Children's Immunization Program at 410-228-3223.
Children who do not have proof of required immunications may be EXCLUDED from school this fall!