Recent News

Baltimore City Health Department Statement On E-Cigarette Council Bill

The Baltimore City Health Department looks forward to working with the City Council on this important legislation extending the prohibition of indoor smoking to include e-cigarettes.

"Tuberculosis remains a threat despite city's eradication efforts" (Baltimore Sun - May 9, 2014)

Baltimore once suffered the highest rate of tuberculosis infection of any large city in the country — 75 cases per 100,000 people in 1966.

"Baltimore City launches Get Fresh healthy food initiative for kids" (WMAR-ABC2, May 7, 2014)

BALTIMORE - More than 31,000 Baltimore children live in food deserts. In the city, food deserts are defined as neighborhoods located more than a quarter-mile away from grocery stores, with low-income residents that have low or limited access to automobiles.

"Tattoo parlor regulations inconsistent throughout Maryland" (WMAR ABC-2, May 3, 2014)

The hum of the needle trails out from underneath the steady hand of the artist. Their public display of artistry is done under a watchful eye, just not the one you’re expecting.  Because when you’re talking about tattooing, whether the artist is safe is considered more important than whether they’re good. At least to the Baltimore City Health Department

Baltimore City Mayor & Health Commissioner Announce Passage Of Needs-Based Syringe Exchange Bill

Baltimore leaders say passage Monday evening by the General Assembly of legislation permitting needs-based exchange of syringes will go a long way toward ensuring the continued success of the city’s highly successful syringe exchange program.  This bill was a top legislative priority for the Mayor and Health Department during the 2014 General Assembly session.

National Health Rankings Show Baltimore City Making Progress on Teen Births, Adult Smoking, Preventable Hospital Stays

Steady progress has been noted in the health of Baltimore City residents in certain key indicators, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and available at

Baltimore City Receives $750,000 Three-Year State Grant To Launch Baltimarket Healthy Stores Initiative and Reduce Youth Obesity

A $750,000 three-year state grant awarded this month will enable the Baltimore City Health Department to expand efforts at reducing childhood obesity by launching a Baltimarket Healthy Stores program addressing food inequities for residents living in food deserts. 

"New program to bring healthy food to city's corner stores" (Baltimore Sun - February 26, 2014)

Baltimore City plans to help corner stores in West Baltimore stock healthier fare, and get kids and their parents interested in buying it, as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

"Baltimore Mayor, Elected Officials Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" (Afro-American, February 12, 2014)

For more than 10 years, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day has been a platform for officials and community leaders to discuss the deadly affliction. This year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot joined with Total Health Care and took to the streets of west Baltimore to share information. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Supports City Council Legislation Prohibiting Tobacco Use At Playgrounds, Schoolyards & Athletic Facilities

The Baltimore City Health Commissioner is in support of legislation introduced at tonight’s City Council meeting which would prohibit use of tobacco products near playgrounds, schoolyards and athletic facilities.