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HCHD Hiring Underage Tobacco Enforcement Investigators

The Howard County Health Department is currently recruiting county high school students and young adults interested in working as an Underage Tobacco Enforcement Investigator. This is a paid opportunity that assists Howard County Tobacco Enforcement Officers with undercover tobacco purchases at licensed retail stores throughout Howard County.


To be eligible to participate in this program, participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 17 to 20 years old;
  • Have parental/guardian consent if under the age of 18;
  • Be able to provide State ID with proof of age and Howard County residency; and
  • Be a non-smoker.


To learn more about this program and how to apply, click HERE

It's Ok to Ask Suicide Prevention Campaign

Howard County Health Department has launched an updated It’s Ok to Ask campaign that expands suicide prevention messaging through the lifespan. To access resources and learn more about suicide prevention, visit the HCHD website here. To find more images from the campaign, visit our Mental Health and Suicide Prevention page and to request campaign materials, complete the form here

Mental Health Zine: Emotions Are What Make Us Human

Emotions Are What Make Us Human is a collection of poems, writings, and art created by students in Howard County. We aim to destigmatize mental health by sharing feelings and thoughts through various art forms. We hope you enjoy the students’ work! 

For information about the Suicide Prevention Plan or to request materials, community presentations, or trainings, contact Leah Bulka, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at

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