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Welcome From The Health Commissioner

Welcome to the new Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) blog!

I am delighted to start the B’healthy in B’more blog as I begin my first day at BCHD—the oldest public health department in the country. With the leadership and support of our Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, our 1,100 employees work innovatively and extremely hard every day to serve the public and improve health.

Leana Wen, M.D. Begins Tenure As Baltimore’s Health Commissioner

With Leana Wen, M.D. officially beginning her tenure tomorrow as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, today she announced details of her priority areas and several key additions to her senior leadership team. Dr. Wen replaces Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, who had served as interim health commissioner since May 2014 and has been named Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services.

"Baltimore welcomes new health commissioner" (WBAL-TV, January 14, 2015)

A new commissioner will take the helm of the Baltimore City Health Department on Thursday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced Dr. Leana Wen, saying, "We look forward to your thoughtful patient-driven approach that will help us ensure that Baltimore's resident will have the knowledge and access they need to realize healthier lives." Watch the WBAL-TV 11 story here.

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue Alert in Baltimore for Wednesday – Friday

With predicted low temperatures for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week in the teens, and wind chills in the single digits, the Interim Health Commissioner for Baltimore City is declaring a Code Blue for January 7, 8 and 9.

"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.

"Flu vaccine still provides protection without perfect match to strains" (Baltimore Sun)

"Flu vaccine still provides protection without perfect match to strains" - Baltimore Sun (December 12, 2014)

In addition to vaccination, officials also recommend coughing into your sleeve and frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of the virus, said Dr. Patrick Chaulk, the Baltimore City Health Department's interim deputy commissioner for the division of disease control.

 

 

 

Flu Vaccination Clinics for Uninsured/Underinsured Baltimore Residents

Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated, with a few rare exceptions. BCHD has scheduled special immunization clinics for uninsured or underinsured Baltimore City residents.

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