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Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Issued For Wednesday (WJZ)

With continued heat in the Baltimore area and a heat index expected to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Wednesday.

“Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions,” Dr. Wen said. “All residents should protect against hyperthermia and dehydration. It’s important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone or without air conditioning during times of extreme heat.” – Dr. Leana Wen

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Baltimore City Councilwoman will introduce legislation to improve lactation accommodations (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore City Councilwoman introduced legislation Monday designed to improve lactation accommodations and ease new mothers’ transitions back into the workplace.

Councilwoman Shannon Sneed — who often brings her young daughter to public hearings and council meetings — said all working mothers “deserve the ability to lactate if they return to work by choice or by necessity.” Mothers, she said, shouldn’t have to choose between their careers and their child’s wellness.

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Mayor Pugh's annual back-to-school rally distributes around 3,200 free backpacks (Baltimore Sun)

Parents and children lined up to get free backpacks decorated with smiley faces, baseball bats and sharks, and filled with school supplies at Mayor Catherine Pugh’s annual back-to-school rally.

The event, hosted at the War Memorial Plaza downtown Saturday, distributed around 3,200 backpacks ahead of the Sept. 4 start date for city schools. Fewer than 100 backpacks were left over, which will be distributed next week, Pugh spokesman James E. Bentley II wrote via text message.

The rally also featured an array of sponsors, including the Baltimore Fire Department, which taught hands-on CPR; the Enoch Pratt Library; and the Baltimore City Health Department, which delivered immunizations to children in the War Memorial Building.

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Baltimore ‘Back-To-School Rally’ Gets Kids Prepared (WJZ)

Baltimore City students will head back to class one month from today.

Public Health Heroes: Office of Youth Violence Prevention Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Program

The Health Department’s Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Program (SMSV) is housed within the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, and is one of 12 pilot programs funded through the Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Baltimore Suing Trump Administration Over Healthcare (Patch)

The city of Baltimore is suing President Donald Trump and his administration over the Affordable Care Act. With a total of four cities listed as plaintiffs, the lawsuit was filed Thursday in Maryland district court.

"We are deeply concerned about the impact of the rising uninsured population on health and costs to our city," Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen said in a statement Thursday.

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Health Department Raises Awareness about Benefits of Breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week – August 1 through August 7

Today, during World Breastfeeding Week, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined staff at the Health Department’s Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding for healthy mothers and babies.

Note From The Commissioner: Standing in Support of the CARE Act

Last Friday, I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act introduced by Representative Elijah Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Congressman Cummings and Senator Warren were on the panel, along with Senator Ben Cardin, Representative John Sarbanes, Mayor Pugh, and several of our community partners, including hospitals, direct service providers, and individuals in recovery. The CARE Act—modeled after the Ryan White Act for HIV/AIDS—was introduced this year by Representative Cummings and Senator Warren.

Baltimore among cities suing Trump administration over campaign to tear down Affordable Care Act (Baltimore Fishbowl)

Baltimore is again suing the White House over its health care policies, this time due to the president’s alleged undermining of the Affordable Care Act. 

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland this morning, accuses the Trump administration of violating a constitutional clause to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” through the president’s very vocal push to repeal the eight-year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most of which took effect in 2014. The law mandated sweeping health insurance reforms in an attempt to expand coverage to millions of Americans, though many Republicans have opposed it, arguing it disrupts the existing private insurance scheme and is unaffordable for many Americans.

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Baltimore, four other jurisdictions sue Trump for 'sabotage' of ACA (Baltimore Business Journal)

Baltimore City joined citizens from four other U.S. cities in filing suit today against the Trump administration alleging intentional and unlawful sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Baltimore, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Chicago and citizens in Charlottesville, Virginia. It alleges that President Donald Trump and his administration have violated a constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” and in turn jeopardized access to affordable, quality health insurance. The suit, filed in Maryland federal court, challenges the administration’s actions against the ACA under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution. It calls on the court to order the president to faithfully execute the law.

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