Category: About Us

Message From Acting Health Officer Billie Penley, M.B.A.


Billie Penley, M.B.A.
Acting Health Officer

A Message from the Acting Health Officer,
Billie Penley, M.B.A.

Welcome to the Physician Information Link, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s website designed for physicians and other health care providers. This site has information about health issues from a local perspective as well as links to resources for patients.

The Physician Information Link is intended to improve communication between public health workers at the Department of Health and the County’s private health care providers. We may need to communicate quickly, especially in response to public health emergencies. This site offers an email alert system to which you can subscribe to get updates on important health issues facing the County.

We hope the information on this site helps you in your patient care mission as it helps us to carry out our mission: to preserve, promote and protect the health of all Anne Arundel County residents.

Tell us what you think about Physician’s Link. If you don’t see the public health information you would like to see, please let us know. Also, do not forget to visit the Department’s main website www.aahealth.org for more information about our services.


About the Department of Health

The Department of Health is the sole government agency responsible for improving the health of Anne Arundel County. By State and County authority, the Department of Health is charged with enforcement of certain federal, State and County laws and regulations.

In addition to regulatory and enforcement work, the Department of Health directly provides mandated, delegated and locally-initiated public health services. The Anne Arundel County Council, which also serves as the County Board of Health; the County Medical Society’s Advisory Committee; and several advisory councils help the Department of Health establish its direction.

Nearly 700 Department of Health employees — physicians, nurses, social workers, sanitarians, counselors, therapists and other allied health and support personnel — bring compassion and commitment to their work and a concern for continually improving the quality of the Department’s services.

The impact of their combined effort is extensive. More than one out of every three County residents is directly served by a Department of Health program each year. More than 184,000 residents receive direct personal health or screening services through Department programs. Another 41,000 residents and businesses receive permits, inspections and other environmental services annually.