Recent News

"ShopRite, Baltimore City expand virtual supermarket program" (ABC-2 News December 16, 2014)

BALTIMORE - A program that makes it easier for people to get groceries is expanding in Baltimore.

It's called the virtual supermarket and today ShopRite, along with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, announced it will now cover two additional communities: Perkins Homes and Wayland Village Senior Apartments.

"Mayor Rawlings-Blake, ShopRite Expand Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket Program to Include Perkins Homes and Wayland Village"

Baltimore, MD (December 16, 2014) — Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey joined representatives from Klein’s Family Markets and ShopRite of Howard Park, as well as members of the community, to announce the expansion of Baltimore City’s Virtual Supermarket Program to two additional communities—Perkins Homes and Wayland Village Senior Apartments. The Virtual Supermarket Program is a nationally award-winning program that increases food access in neighborhoods designated as food deserts by providing online ordering and delivery options. 

"City to expand Virtual Supermarket to additional communities" (Baltimore Sun - December 16, 2014)

Baltimore's Virtual Supermarket program will be offered at Perkins Homes and Wayland Village Senior Apartments, under an expansion Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to announce Tuesday.

Mayor Appoints Dr. Leana Wen as Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces her appointment of Dr. Leana S. Wen as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, effective January 15, 2015.

"Health official: Baltimore making progress in fight against HIV/AIDS" (WMAR-ABC2)

Dr. Patrick Chaulk discusses with Kelly Swoope from WMAR-ABC2 the progress that has been made in Baltimore combatting HIV & AIDS.  This interview aired on InFocus on December 1, 2014.

Health Department Testing Reveals Children’s Jewelry Item With Excess Lead Found For Sale At Local Store

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has issued a violation notice to a city business where a children’s jewelry item was found to be for sale with a lead level more than five times above pe

Medicare Open Enrollment Through December 7

The Medicare Open Enrollment period is from October 15 through December 7.  All Medicare recipients can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015.

Mayor and Health Commissioner Announce Code Blue Program for Winter 2014-15

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Interim Health Commissioner Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, PhD, today announced the start of Baltimore City's Code Blue program for this coming winter. Code Blue is a multi-agency coordinated approach to providing vulnerable populations in Baltimore City with relief from extreme cold weather. The program’s goal is to reduce the number of hypothermia deaths and related illnesses in the city.

"Walking the Streets of Baltimore With the Other Barksdale"

National Journal profiles Baltimore's Safe Streets program.

October 30, 2014 BALTIMORE—"This is a bad neighborhood," the cabdriver tells me as we pull up to an ugly, beige, low-rise building in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Lower Park Heights. The dappled sunlight on the tree-lined street belies the fact that this area has one of highest per capita crime rates in Baltimore.

"Possible Ebola case tests Maryland’s readiness" (Washington Post) October 30, 2014

On Sunday afternoon, a woman bound for Maryland after visiting West Africa landed at Dulles International Airport. Because she had visited one of the countries being ravaged by the Ebola virus, she underwent enhanced screening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.