Recent News

"Baltimore sees `significant' drop in teen birth rate" (WMAR ABC-2) February 24, 2015

Baltimore officials say there's been a significant reduction in the city's birth rate among teens. Baltimore's teen birth rate is more than double the state average, but for the first time in several years, the city saw a significant drop. Rawlings-Blake and Leana Wen, the city's health commissioner, discussed the drop at a news conference Tuesday morning.  Between 2009 and 2013, the birth rate for teenagers between age 15 and 19 in Baltimore City dropped by 32 percent, which surpasses the 20 percent goal outlined in Healthy Baltimore 2015.  

"Teen pregnancies in Baltimore drop by a third"

Baltimore's teen pregnancy rate dropped by nearly a third from 2009 to 2013, far surpassing the city's goal for reducing the rate, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to announce today. "One of our top priorities in public health in the city is teen pregnancy," said Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner. "I think it is a testament to what can happen in our city when all of us work together on this common goal."

"Getting Baltimore To Quit Smoking" (WMAR-ABC2) February 23, 2015

A new study led by American Cancer Society researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that smoking may be linked to more diseases, and more deaths, than previously estimated. Dr. Leana Wen says there is still a long way to go with education and public policies to get those numbers down. She said the challenge with getting people to stop smoking is not only about addiction. 

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Wen Announce Significant Reduction in Teen Pregnancies

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. joined with youth advocates to announce a significant reduction in Baltimore’s teen birth rate.

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“Public health aims to protect the individual and community” (WRVO - NPR "Take Care"), February 22, 2015

"Public health" is a phrase that can be heard seemingly nonstop whenever there is a health scare or disease outbreak. The current measles outbreak is an example of this -- a public health issue that makes headlines for days, weeks or months at a time. This week on “Take Care,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen discusses that public health is actually an everyday affair -- one that needs to receive more attention -- to better prevent and resolve such outbreaks. 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue in Baltimore Through Wednesday Morning

With dangerously cold weather expected to continue for several more days, the Code Blue alert has been extended through 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 25.

"Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Health Commissioner Issue Update Regarding Ongoing Code Blue Alert"

With temperatures expected to fall below zero tonight and wind chills descending into the negative teens for the next two nights, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging all city residents to take precautions to avoid serious health and safety consequences through the weekend. 

"Meet Baltimore's New 'Top Doc'" (WMAR - ABC2), February 19, 2015

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen hit the ground running in her new position. WMAR reporter Kelly Swoope sat down for a one on one interview with Dr. Wen.

“I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS”

Make no mistake about it – Baltimore has been hit hard by the HIV epidemic. Baltimore City has the sixth highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the country and one of the country’s highest HIV death rates. And although the number of newly reported HIV infections in Baltimore between 2009 and 2011 decreased overall by more than 24 percent, new infections diagnosed in the black community have increased by 1.5 percent.

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Program Changes On Tuesday - Inclement Weather

Due to the inclement weather on Tuesday:

  • Medical Assistance Transportation services for Baltimore City will be operating for dialysis, chemotherapy, and radiation transports only.  For more information call 410-396-7007 or to reschedule call 410-396-6422.
  • The Needle Exchange Program will be  working from the vans outside of the office at 2300 Garrison Blvd and not traveling to Tuesday mobile sites. Clients can call 410-396-3731 with questions.
  • City WIC clinics will be opening at 10:30 a.m.  Call 410-396-9427 with any questions.