Press Releases

Baltimore City Announces Beginning of Code Blue Season

BALTIMORE, MD (November 15, 2016)—Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today announced the start of Baltimore City’s Code Blue program for the coming winter. Code Blue is a multi-agency effort to reduce hypothermia deaths by protecting homeless individuals, seniors and other vulnerable populations from extreme cold weather.

Baltimore City Health Department Launches Youth Health and Wellness Strategy

BALTIMORE, Md. (November 3, 2016)—The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today released the Baltimore City Youth Health and Wellness Strategy, a comprehensive, five-year plan to improve the health and wellness of young people across Baltimore City.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines

BALTIMORE, MD (October 25, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ release of updated safe sleep guidelines for infants.

B'more for Healthy Babies Celebrates Seven Years of Success

BALTIMORE, MD (October 13, 2016)– Health officials, city representatives, and families from across Baltimore City joined together today to celebrate seven years of success in reducing infant mortality rates at an event honoring the B'more for Healthy Babies (BHB) initiative.

Baltimore City Health Department Hosts Celebration Recognizing Community Members Dedicated to Implementing Community-Based Trauma Services in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (October 11, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, and community leaders today hosted a celebration for partners and residents involved with the ReCAST West Baltimore project.

 

Baltimore City Experiences Record Low Infant Mortality Rate in 2015

BALTIMORE, MD (October 5, 2016) – Baltimore City health officials announced Wednesday that in 2015, Baltimore City experienced the lowest infant mortality rate on record: 8.4 per 1,000 live births—a 19 percent decline from 2014. The previous low of 9.7 deaths per 1,000 live births was recorded in 2012.

Baltimore City Announces $500,000 Grant for Hospital-Based Violence Interrupters

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 29, 2016)—The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today announced that the agency has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support the planning and implementation of a comprehensive hospital-based community violence intervention program.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends Congress for Allocating Funding to Prevent Spread of Zika Virus

BALTIMORE, MD (September 29, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to Congress’ decision to provide funding to combat the Zika virus as a part of a short-term spending bill passed last night.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Honored by American Public Health Association for Local Health Innovation

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 28, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen was announced as a recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, an annual award bestowed upon a local health officer in recognition of outstanding creative and innovative public health work. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to Increase in Fentanyl Deaths in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 23, 2016) – Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to new data released by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showing an increase in fatal overdoses statewide. Preliminary data show that there were 290 fatal overdoses in Baltimore City during the first half of 2016, compared to 188 during the same time period last year.

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