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Charles County Safe Sleep Snap

Dear parents and caregivers:

To help raise awareness about safe infant sleep during Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, we’re inviting you to participate in a fun and friendly photo activity: the Charles County Department of Health Safe Sleep Snap.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles—anyone can participate by sharing a photo of a baby (up to 12 months of age) in a safe sleep environment on their social media accounts. Make sure you use the hashtag #CCSafeSleepSnap so everyone can see the adorable pictures of babies in safe sleep environments!

(Not sure what a safe sleep environment looks like? Check out this page for details.)

Here are the specifics:

  1. Post a photo of your baby, grandbaby, niece, or nephew in—or next to!—a safe sleep environment on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter)
  2. Use the hashtag #CCSafeSleepSnap in the post. This is how we’ll know you participated!
  3. Give yourself kudos for taking part in the Charles County Department of Health’s Safe Sleep Snap and helping us to raise awareness about safe infant sleep!

Be creative! Practicing safe infant sleep can be fun. Creativity and humor are encouraged in the photos and captions, as long as the baby’s sleep environment is still safe and follows safe sleep recommendations. This album includes examples you can use as inspiration.

This is your opportunity to both show off your cutie and help other parents and caregivers to see that safe infant sleep can be fun.

We will also be posting #CCSafeSleepSnap photos on our accounts throughout October, so please like, share, and retweet with your friends and followers. We look forward to seeing your #CCSafeSleepSnap!

Click here to print #CCSafeSleepSnap flyer

Testing for Turkeys-Free Turkey

Get Tested for HIV:Know Your Status
Get a free frozen turkey while supplies last (One turkey per household. Must be 16 years of age or older to test)
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Where: Charles County Dept of Health
4545 Crain Highway
White Plains, MD
Time: 10am—3 pm
For more information contact: Corine Cockrell at 301-609-6793


Testing for Turkeys Flyer (1)

The State of STDs in Charles County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) released new 2017 data showing sustained increases in reported Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) nationwide for the third year in a row.  View National Overview of STDs 2017.  The  CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur each year in the United States and one-half are among  young people aged 15- to 24-year.

The Charles County Department of Health encourages all to protect your health and get tested. Many STD’s are curable and all are treatable. Talk with your doctor about your risk and if testing is necessary.

Confidential STD testing and treatment are offered at the Health Department Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-ins are accepted, appointments are offered. For an appointment call 301-609-6900.