Press Releases

Baltimore City Commemorates World AIDS Day

BALTIMORE, MD (December 1, 2016) – In recognition of World AIDS Day 2016, representatives across Baltimore City honored those lost to AIDS and recommitted to eliminating the disease in Baltimore City. World AIDS Day is a global annual event held on December 1st to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV, and commemorate those who have passed.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement Following Selection of Congressman Tom Price as Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services

BALTIMORE, MD (November 29, 2016) – Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to the selection of Congressman Tom Price as President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services:

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to Landmark Surgeon General Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

BALTIMORE, MD (November 18, 2016)Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to a new report by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy that identifies substance use disorders as one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.

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.

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