The mission of the Office of Animal Control is to enforce city and state codes, rules, and regulations and to investigate animal neglect and cruelty cases for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of Baltimore’s human and animal residents.
The Baltimore City Health Department Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) is committed to preparing Baltimore City for public health emergencies such as large-scale disease outbreaks, bioterror events and other emergencies with an impact on the health of the community.
The Bureau of Environmental Health is comprised of two programs: Environmental Inspection Services and Animal Services. The Bureau uses regulatory and educational tools to minimize environmental health hazards and to ensure that the health standards set forth in city statutes, regulations and ordinances are met. Environmental Inspection Services performs inspections of retail food establishments, school cafeterias, swimming pools and other facilities and conducts investigations into environmental complaints.
Access to healthy food is a key determinant of health. Lack of easy access to healthy foods has a close and complex relationship with nutrition knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy; food security and household income; and environmental policies and systemic inequities. These factors combine to affect the diets, and in turn the health, of low-income people. The Baltimore City Health Department addresses the health disparities that are driven by gaps in food access as a key collaborator in the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI) and through innovative, community-based Baltimarket programming.
The Baltimore City Health Department offers and oversees services for: sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, family planning, maternal and infant health, immunizations, asthma, senior care, cancer screening, and lead poisoning prevention services, among others.
The Baltimore City Health Department seeks to reduce lead poisoning in the City of Baltimore through primary prevention and aggressive enforcement of the city's lead laws. Lead poisoning has decreased significantly since 2000.
Where we live, work and play are significant factors that impact our health. The Baltimore City Health Department is committed to working with communities, health care professionals, and other organizations and stakeholders to improve Baltimore’s neighborhoods through a Health in All Policies approach.
The Baltimore City Health Department Office of Aging and CARE Services offers a variety of services and initiatives to improve the lives of seniors in Baltimore, including health evaluation, personal care, transportation and volunteer opportunities.