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13 City Pharmacies Remain Closed; Baltimore City Health Department Working To Ensure Prescription Availability For Residents Impacted By Civil Unrest

The Health Department is leading efforts with the city’s 311 system to ensure prescription medicine is available to residents impacted by civil unrest.

Baltimore City Health Department Working To Ensure Prescription Availability For Residents Impacted By Civil Unrest

The Baltimore City Health Department is leading efforts with the city’s 311 system to ensure prescription medicine is available to residents who are impacted by the current civil unrest. At least 10 retail pharmacies are closed, including two CVS locations that were burned, and eight Rite Aid locations that suffered fire and / or looting damage.

Health Department Working To Provide Access and Information For Critical Health Services, Announces Webpage For Clinical Updates

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen work to ensure uninterrupted access to health care. 

Trauma & Mental Health Resources

The Baltimore City Health Department is committed to ensuring that communities impacted by the recent tragic events in Baltimore have access to needed trauma counseling and mental health services. As part of the City’s response to these tragic events, BCHD is working with schools, churches and community organizations to provide mental health services to impacted communities. We are also providing this FAQ on Trauma and Mental Health for the public.

City Agencies & Private Sector Partnering To Deliver Counseling And Mental Health Services to Communities Impacted by Violence and Civil Unrest

Coordinated efforts across multiple agencies and private organizations to address trauma

Druid Health Center Closed - Wednesday, April 29

The Druid Health Center will be closed on Wednesday, April 29.  Clinical services will be available at the Eastern Health Center, 620 N. Caroline Street.

"City Neighborhoods Where Life Expectancy Is Lowest" (New York Times)

Life expectancy is the ultimate measure of a neighborhood’s well-being, and many of the map’s bright red splotches designating the lowest rates in the city line up neatly with the places where Monday night’s violence occurred. “Health equity is a civil rights issue,” Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner, said in an interview. “We’re often told we grow up in the land of two Baltimores. Life expectancy differs by 20 years, depending on which city block you happen to be born in.”

Operational Changes for Tuesday, April 28

The Baltimore City Health Department is making several operational changes today.

• WIC sites will close at 12 pm.
• All Senior Centers will be closed today. 
• Druid Health Center is closed. Eastern Health Center will close at noon (12pm) today.
• Field Health Services will be providing only life-sustaining medical transports such as chemotherapy and dialysis.

The safety and welfare of our staff, clients and the greater Baltimore community are of the utmost importance to us. Please stay safe.

A Conversation with Dr. Tony Iton: Community Organizing & Public Health

When Dr. Tony Iton became the Vice President for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, he was given a unique opportunity: $1 billion to improve the health status of residents in 14 low-income communities across California in a measurable fashion over 10 years. The kicker? Using a social determinants of health strategy, he could not spend a single dollar on healthcare!

"How Trauma Impacts Baltimore Residents' Health" (WYPR - Maryland Morning)

Trauma is a word many of us associate with the battlefield, or perhaps the athletic field – a wound, a shock, a blow--physical or mental. Now there’s growing understanding of how cities are affected by trauma – the people who live in some neighborhoods, and entire communities – and there’s more awareness of the awful toll trauma takes on health. Today the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins has assembled dozens of experts to look at the impact of trauma on cities and on health. One of the speakers will be Baltimore’s Health Commissioner Leana Wen. She stopped by WYPR first to discuss trauma with us.

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