Recent News

Stopping The Number One Killer Of Women

How important is your heart?  You can have a heart of gold, a heavy heart or even a change of heart.  But a healthy heart is the most important! Nationally, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke.  And did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the overall number one killer in Baltimore,  is responsible for 30 percent of the deaths of women in the city and for 15 percent of all premature deaths?  In total, for men and women, heart disease claims approximately 2,000 lives in Baltimore each year.

Go Red for Women

"Inside Story - Vaccines" ( Al Jazeera America - February 3, 2015)

Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen was a guest on the Al Jazeera America: Inside Story show discussing the importance of vaccinations.

Investigative Hearing – Lead Paint Poisoning and Baltimore’s Children

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is pleased to have the opportunity to review Council Bill 16-0280R – Investigative Hearing – Lead Paint Poisoning and Baltimore’s Children.  The purpose of this bill is to assess the status and accelerate the pace of eradicating lead paint poisoning in Baltimore City and Maryland as a whole and working to achieve consensus on the coordinated roles and investments required to spare Baltimore’s families and children from another generation of this devastating and preventable disease.

"Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue In Baltimore For Monday And Tuesday"

With predicted low temperatures and wind chills as low as the single-digits, Leana Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Health Commissioner, is declaring a Code Blue for Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3. “The very cold temperatures that we’ve been experiencing recently will continue to be with us for the next two days, and the Baltimore City Health Department along with other city agencies will be working to ensure the safety of Baltimoreans,” Dr. Wen said.   “We want to make sure all residents know how to protect themselves from cold weather emergencies.”

"Measles outbreak exposes holes in vaccine coverage" (Baltimore Sun - January 31, 2015)

Measles was nearly eliminated across the country nearly 15 years ago, an immunization victory over a highly contagious respiratory virus that once injured thousands and killed hundreds every year. Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's new health commissioner, criticized a movement by some parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, citing concerns of possible side effects.  Read more here.

"As the toll of heroin rises in Baltimore, so does the cost of a life-saving drug" (Baltimore Business Journal - January 30, 2015)

An overdose-reversing drug that is a linchpin in Baltimore's plan to combat heroin overdose deaths has more than doubled in price over the past year, causing health leaders to worry their efforts to control a public health crisis could be derailed. "There are very few diseases for which there is a complete cure that can stop death," said Dr. Leana Wen, the city's newly minted health commissioner. Read more here.

Health Commissioner Speaks At CareFirst Community Event

Dr. Leana Wen was among the many community leaders at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s annual CareFirst A Salute to Our Community Partners event.

Code Blue Declared in Baltimore For Friday & Saturday

With predicted low temperatures in the teens and single-digit wind chills, Leana Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Health Commissioner, is declaring a Code Blue for January 30 & 31. This is the third Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season; previous declarations covered January 7 – 9 and January 27-28 (total of five days).

Laboratory Testing Confirms Baltimore Child Does Not Have Measles

The Baltimore City Health Department learned today that laboratory testing has confirmed that a 12-month-old Baltimore City resident does not have measles.  “We are very glad that this child doesn’t have measles,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner. “This should be a wake-up call, however, for any parents or caregivers who have not had their children immunized.  Getting children vaccinated against all types of preventable diseases protects not only that child, but everyone around them.”

Let’s talk about Communicable Diseases!

With so many public health emergencies being “in the news” lately across the globe – such as ebola, the flu and measles,  we sat down with staff from  the Baltimore City Health Department Office of Acute Communicable Diseases to learn more about their day-to-day operations and what it takes to be a health investigator in Baltimore.