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"Baltimore's Food Deserts: Offering Fresh Food Options Across The City" (NBC Today Show, June 29, 2014)

How residents are combatting Baltimore’s food deserts

More than 20 percent of Baltimore residents live in a food desert without access to fresh produce. Now, some are taking matters into their own hands and providing new options for healthy eating. TODAY’s Erica Hill reports.

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"Health officials talk STD prevention in youth summit" (WBAL-TV, June 25, 2014)

BALTIMORE —Almost 30,000 Maryland residents have been diagnosed and are living with HIV or AIDS. Nearly 1,500 of those cases are among those between the ages of 13-24. In a move to get a handle on the problem, Maryland health officials held a youth sexual health summit Monday to talk prevention.

 

Baltimore City Launches 2014 Code Red Heat Alert Season

BALTIMORE, MD (June 17, 2014) –  As temperatures begin to rise and with hot and humid conditions expected this week with a heat index approaching 100 degrees, Baltimore City health officials are announcing the 2014 Code Red Heat Alert initiative and reminding citizens of precautions to ensure their safety during hot weather.

"Baltimore City launches 2014 Code Red initiative" (WMAR-ABC2 June 17, 2014)

BALTIMORE -  As temperatures begin to rise and with hot and humid conditions expected this week with a heat index approaching 100 degrees, Baltimore City health officials are announcing the 2014 Code Red Heat Alert initiative and reminding citizens of precautions to ensure their safety during hot weather.

Baltimore City Health Department Statement On E-Cigarette Council Bill

The Baltimore City Health Department looks forward to working with the City Council on this important legislation extending the prohibition of indoor smoking to include e-cigarettes.

"Tuberculosis remains a threat despite city's eradication efforts" (Baltimore Sun - May 9, 2014)

Baltimore once suffered the highest rate of tuberculosis infection of any large city in the country — 75 cases per 100,000 people in 1966.

"Baltimore City launches Get Fresh healthy food initiative for kids" (WMAR-ABC2, May 7, 2014)

BALTIMORE - More than 31,000 Baltimore children live in food deserts. In the city, food deserts are defined as neighborhoods located more than a quarter-mile away from grocery stores, with low-income residents that have low or limited access to automobiles.

"Tattoo parlor regulations inconsistent throughout Maryland" (WMAR ABC-2, May 3, 2014)

The hum of the needle trails out from underneath the steady hand of the artist. Their public display of artistry is done under a watchful eye, just not the one you’re expecting.  Because when you’re talking about tattooing, whether the artist is safe is considered more important than whether they’re good. At least to the Baltimore City Health Department

Baltimore City Mayor & Health Commissioner Announce Passage Of Needs-Based Syringe Exchange Bill

Baltimore leaders say passage Monday evening by the General Assembly of legislation permitting needs-based exchange of syringes will go a long way toward ensuring the continued success of the city’s highly successful syringe exchange program.  This bill was a top legislative priority for the Mayor and Health Department during the 2014 General Assembly session.

National Health Rankings Show Baltimore City Making Progress on Teen Births, Adult Smoking, Preventable Hospital Stays

Steady progress has been noted in the health of Baltimore City residents in certain key indicators, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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