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Baltimore City Health Department Awarded $20M To Fight HIV

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) announced that Baltimore City was awarded more than $20 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to support efforts to reduce

Health Department announces 20 million dollar grant to fight HIV/AIDS

City health officials held a briefing today in the auditorium of the Reginald F.

Top Baltimore City Health Department Official to Join Catholic Charities

Arnold Eppel, deputy commissioner of the Division of Aging and Care Services for the Baltimore City Health Department, will join Catholic Charities on October 5 as the director of the senior servic

Baltimore City Health Department Releases Report Highlighting Community Health Survey Results

Today, the Baltimore City Health Department released the second Baltimore Community Health Survey (CHS) Summary Results Report. The report is based on a survey conducted in the fall of 2014 of 1,722 adults across Baltimore City, and is a follow up to the 2009 CHS.

Code Orange issued for Baltimore area -- What does it mean?

In this particular instance, we aren't talking about a threat to homeland security. Instead, it's a warning that your health could be at risk due to weather conditions and air quality.

With the heroin epidemic rising, it seems wrong that the primary anti-overdose drug’s price is skyrocketing

The heroin epidemic is continuing to get worse around the U.S., and currently the anti-overdose drug naloxone is the main medication that can block the effects of opioids.

Baltimore Fights Heroin Overdoses With Antidote Outreach (NPR) September 9, 2015

A suspected case of measles. A rabid fox on the loose. A recall of a dye used in tattoos. A drug epidemic that's claiming hundreds of lives.

Those are just a few of the problems that Dr. Leana Wen confronts in a typical week as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. While they all have to be dealt with, it's clear that heroin is among Wen's gravest concerns. Right now, she's focused on stopping overdoses and saving lives.

Md. Health Officials Work To Combat Overdose Epidemic (WJZ) September 5, 2015

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Combating Baltimore’s epidemic drug addiction. As part of Maryland’s Overdose Awareness Week, new actions are being taken to tackle this health emergency.

Tracey Leong explains.

City and state leaders are implementing the mayor’s overdose plan to encourage treatment and fight the deadly epidemic.

“We are fully recognizing this as a public health emergency and are tackling it first-hand,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.

City reopens Safe Streets East Baltimore office (Baltimore Sun) September 4, 2015

City officials are reopening East Baltimore's Safe Streets program, which closed in July when guns and drugs were found stashed in the office.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen, who administers the anti-violence program, said city officials have done a comprehensive review of the McElderry Park site. That has led to "new training and security protocols to strengthen management and oversight," she said.

Baltimore health officials demonstrate how to use Narcan (WBAL) September 1, 2015

BALTIMORE— Baltimore health officials are demonstrating how to use a tool that can help save lives.

Marking the first Overdose Awareness Week in Maryland, Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and her staff are training people how to reverse the deadly effects of an overdose and save lives.