Press Releases

Health Commissioner Dr. Wen Declares Code Blue Alert in Baltimore Overnight Tonight Through Saturday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (March 10, 2017) – With temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr.

Baltimore City Announces 1000th Pair of Free Glasses Delivered to Students through Vision for Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (March 8, 2017) – Baltimore City officials marked a major milestone today as the 1,000th pair of glasses was delivered through the Vision for Baltimore program.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Expresses Grave Concern about Plan to Replace the Affordable Care Act

BALTIMORE, MD (March 7, 2017) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to a bill that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Baltimore City Health Department Launches New Civic Innovation Program

BALTIMORE, MD (March 2, 2017) – The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today celebrated the inaugural cohort of Baltimore City’s TECHealth (Transforming Engineering for Civic Health) program, an innovative initiative that engages members of Baltimore’s thriving technology and design communities to address local public health challenges. 

Aetna Foundation Awards $50,000 to Expand Enrollment in B’more Fit for Healthy Babies Program

BALTIMORE, MD (February 27, 2017) — The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and Family League of Baltimore (Family League) today announced that the Aetna Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Family League in support of community-based fitness and nutrition programs, and trauma-informed counseling, for postpartum women and their families.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to Naloxone Dispensing Legislation

BALTIMORE, MD (February 21, 2017) – Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in support of HB 791, which would make it possible for a person to receive naloxone – the opioid overdose antidote medication – under a standing order without having to complete unnecessary paperwork.

Health Commissioner Dr. Wen Declares Code Blue Alert in Baltimore Overnight Tonight Through Friday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (February 9, 2017) – With temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City beginning tonight, Thursday, February 9th through the morning of Friday, February 10th.

Baltimore City Commemorates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

BALTIMORE, MD (February 7, 2017) – In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Baltimore City Health Department and partners across the city held a series of community-based testing opportunities and events mobilizing communities to get educated, get tested, and get treated.

Baltimore City Health Department Celebrates 20,000 Residents Trained in Using Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Antidote, Naloxone

BALTIMORE, MD (February 3, 2017) — Baltimore City health officials today recognized that 20,000 residents have been trained to administer naloxone—the opioid overdose reversal medication—since January 2015. Over that period of time, the medication has been used by residents to save more than 800 lives. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to SNAP Pilot Program

BALTIMORE, Md. (January 6, 2017)—Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s selection of three grocers in Maryland for a program designed to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online.  

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