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Health Department’s Early Head Start Program Hosts Graduation Ceremonies in Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood

BALTIMORE, Md. (August 16, 2018)—Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined community partners  to celebrate the closing exercises of Baltimore City’s newest Early Head Start Program in the City’s Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood.

Forging our National Response to the Opioid Epidemic (The Afro)

In his article, Congressman Elijah Cummings covers the escalating opioid crisis, the importance of listening to those on the front lines who knows what works, and why the CARE Act would change the way the United States is fighting this health emergency.

"Confronted with this urgent threat to our health and safety, we all should be listening carefully to the advice of Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen."

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Health Department Celebrates B’more for Healthy Babies Breastfeeding Awareness Initiatives in Upton/Druid Heights

BALTIMORE, MD (August 15, 2018) —Today, in celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined community partners to recognize B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB), the City’s initiative to reduce infant mortality and improve outcomes in the first three years of a child’s life and promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Decisive leadership: Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen sees the ER as a valuable training ground for physician leaders (Furst Group)

In the age of value-based care, organizations are leaning on clinicians to lean in to leadership. This opens new vistas for physicians and nurses, but health systems and insurers must do their homework. A physician who heads his or her own practice may have valuable leadership skills, but leading, say, a staff of 12 is different from overseeing a $2 billion budget and ensuring a board and a C-suite are in sync with your vision.

One such physician who has made the jump is Leana Wen, MD, the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, who leads a staff of 1,000 employees. Since being named to the role in December 2014, Wen has shown a predilection for taking decisive action, perhaps unsurprising as someone trained as an emergency room physician.

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Note From The Commissioner: The Cost of Sabotaging the ACA

Last week, Baltimore City filed suit against the Trump Administration for intentionally and unlawfully sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the leadership of Mayor Catherine Pugh and Solicitor Andre Davis, we joined colleagues from across the country to express our deep concern about the consequences of undermining the ACA.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Posts Statement On ACA Lawsuit (WJZ)

 The health commissioner of Baltimore City made a statement Thursday in a Facebook post about the suit filed against the Trump administration for “intentionally and unlawfully sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

“I am gravely concerned for the wellbeing of my patients, my city and millions of individuals who are finding themselves unable to afford health care,” Dr. Leana Wen, city health commissioner, said.

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'Code Red' announced for Baltimore Wednesday, cooling centers to open (WBFF)

Baltimore's health commissioner is announcing a "Code Red" extreme heat alert for the city for Wednesday and opening cooling centers.

Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen notes the heat index is expected to be higher than 100 degrees, as the heat wave hangs on.

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Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen (WYPR)

In this edition of Midday’s “Healthwatch” with Tom Hall, Dr.

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Baltimore weather: Evening thunderstorms hit region (Baltimore Sun)

After a day of sweltering heat, evening scattered showers and thunderstorms Wednesday were expected to bring damaging winds and heavy rain and potential flooding, the National Weather Service warned.

“Heat is a silent killer,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said in a news release advising of the dangers heat could bring for the young, elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.

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