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6 Ways People Who Inject Drugs Can Avoid HIV and Hepatitis C Infections (US News & World Report)

IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, A teenage boy who was undergoing treatment for substance use disorder was surprised a couple years ago to learn he'd been infected with hepatitis C. The boy, then 17, was attending private school – and sharing needles with classmates to use heroin, says Dr. Carlos Malvestutto, infectious diseases fellowship program director at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

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Man hopes to save lives with St. Louis syringe exchanges that cut risk of disease outbreak (St. Louis Dispatch)

Aaron Laxton’s trunk is full of supplies for drug users. Laxton goes out nearly every day handing out free syringes to heroin addicts in St. Louis. Laxton is on a mission to help them survive until the day they get clean — just like he did.

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Public Health Heroes: The Baltimore City Health Department Hearing and Vision Team

The Baltimore City Health Department’s Hearing and Vision Team has provided 20,000 state-mandated hearing and vision screening services to students at first entry into Baltimore City Public Schools and during the 3rd and 8th grades. 

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Bmore Healthy Newsletter: May 25, 2018

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In this issue:

  • Note from the Commissioner
  • Dr. Wen Serves as Convocation Speaker at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Commencement Ceremony, Awarded Dean’s Medal
  • Recording of Dr. Wen’s Panel at Women of the World Festival Available Online
  • and more

Note From The Commissioner: Public Health Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

This week, I was incredibly honored to deliver the Convocation address for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Class of 2018 on Tuesday. During Convocation, 916 graduates from 61 countries were awarded their degrees—153 doctoral degrees and 74 master's. These are the public health leaders of today and tomorrow!

The Bloomberg School’s mission is the cornerstone of public health – saving lives, millions at a time. This is the dedication to being the society’s doctor, and it’s exemplified through the leadership of Dean Ellen Mackenzie. This Convocation was Dr. Mackenzie’s first as the Dean, and I was particularly touched to receive the Dean’s Medal, the highest recognition conferred by the School for public health leaders. Previous awardees included former Senator Barbara Mikulski; Dr. Harold Varmus (Former Director, National Institutes of Health); Carol Bellamy (Former Executive Director, UNICEF); and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

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Live from Women of the World Festival

In this podcast recorded live from the Women of the World Festival, hear from panelists including Dr. Wen.

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Dr. Leana Wen Discusses Baltimore’s Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Wen joined WJZ to discuss the opioid epidemic and how the Health Department is working to combat it in Baltimore City. 

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Conference focuses on reducing health disparities (Philadelphia Tribune)

The impact of social determinants on health care was highlighted during the 11th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities.

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Bmore Healthy Newsletter: May 18, 2018

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In this issue:

  • Note from the Commissioner
  • WYPR 88.1FM – Dr. Wen Participates in Midday’s “Healthwatch” Segment
  • Dr. Wen Speaks at United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Young Leaders United (ELU) Young Professionals Conference
  • and more

Note from the Commissioner: Protecting our Community’s Health

This week, I celebrated the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration as the keynote speaker for the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office. By invitation of Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson, I applauded the efforts of the FBI to embrace diversity and inclusion in their work. I discussed the shared core values driving the work of those of us on the frontlines of public health and public safety: Compassion, fairness, and respect for the dignity of all those we protect. And I had the opportunity conduct a naloxone training for agents and analysts and discuss how addiction is a disease for which we must all approach with urgency.

All sectors must be engaged to protect our community’s health and well-being. I was glad to provide the opening keynote for the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference. These young professionals are coming from backgrounds as diverse as finance, law, architecture, and accounting, but each of them are engaged in social justice and community service. Researchers and academics can be just as engaged. Last Thursday, I presented to doctors, nurses, and public health researchers as part of the Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research Symposium at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There, I discussed the importance of academic researchers building relationships with the local communities in which they work. Everyone can make a difference in the communities we live and serve.

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