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President Trump’s 'state of emergency' — a health commissioner's perspective (The Hill)

On Thursday, President Trump announced that he was declaring the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency, rather than a national state of emergency. For access to the complete story click here.

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Baltimore City Health Department Celebrates Eight Years of Healthy Babies

BALTIMORE, MD (October 25, 2017)– Health officials and families from across Baltimore City will join in an evening of celebrating eight years of success in reducing infant mortality rates.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Responds to the President’s Opioid Epidemic Designation as a Public Health Emergency

Baltimore, MD Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to the President’s designation of a state of emergency for the opioid epidemic...

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Dr. Wen Discusses BCHD Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities on WBAL-TV

Dr. Leana Wen appeared on WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore on Sunday, October 15 to discuss how BCHD is working to decrease health disparities in Baltimore.

For access to the complete interview, click here

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Public Health Heroes: Lead Poisoning Prevention Team

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week begins October 22, but for BCHD’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Team, the call to action comes every day of the year. Although preventable, lead poisoning and exposure remains a serious problem for Baltimore City residents. 

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Dr. Leana Wen Interviewed on Matter of Fact

Dr. Leana Wen was interviewed by Soledad O'Brien on Matter of Fact on Sepember 13, 2017 about the opioid crisis. WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore televised the interview live. You can view it here.

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Baltimore City Health Commissioner Says Graham-Cassidy Health Care Proposal Is Detrimental to Nation’s Health

BALTIMORE, MD (September 21, 2017) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to the intended vote on legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy that would turn federal health insurance funding into block grants.

Declare a true state of emergency (The Hill)

Several weeks ago, President Trump stated that the opioid crisis was a “national emergency.” To many of us in public health, it was a confusing statement. Just a few days earlier, the president and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price stated that they would not declare a state of emergency, claiming that emergencies are time-bound and resource-finite situations.

As an emergency physician and Commissioner of Health in Baltimore City — where approximately two people a day die from overdose — I can tell you that is not the case. Addiction is a disease, treatment exists and communities around the country are succeeding in fighting the epidemic.

Read the entire story.

 

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BCHD Trains Residents to Save Lives on International Overdose Awareness Day

Baltimore, MD (August 31, 2017) – Today, Baltimore City Health Officials and partners highlighted Baltimore’s ongoing response to the overdose epidemic in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, a global annual event to raise awareness of overdose and reduce stigma associated with the disease of addiction.

BCHD Interns Discuss Zika Virus with University of Maryland Baltimore Police Officers

Taylor Owens and Vernon Stepney, two BCHD interns who are rising juniors at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, conducted a Zika presentation to the University of Maryland Baltimore Police Depar

BCHD interns Vernon and Taylor present about the Zika virus

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