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After the Fall

Baltimore is betting on data mapping to curb the leading cause of fatal injuries among older adults.

The mere act of falling down leads to tens of thousands of deaths among adults 65 and over every year in the U.S., and even more hospitalizations. In Baltimore, where there are many older homes and row houses with steep staircases, falls leading to an emergency room visit occur more frequently than in the rest of Maryland on average, and the city's recently launched fall-reduction strategy aims to utilize hospital data to quickly identify neighborhoods – and even exact locations – where falls are most frequent.

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From Football to Rocket Science: Meet the Young People Changing the World in 2018 (Modern Diplomacy)

One hundred of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, social entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 40 have been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders. The aim is to enable them to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for the world. 

Leana Wen is the emergency physician taking on Baltimore’s health crises as the city’s Commissioner of Health. As the head of one of America’s most experimental health departments, she tackles everything from the city’s crippling drug abuse problem to high infant mortality.

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Baltimore SHARP Program Is One Solution To Opioid Epidemic (WJZ)

As quickly as the opioid epidemic claims lives in Baltimore, treatment programs are fighting back. That was the topic of WJZ’s Town Hall Tuesday: Searching for Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic.

“Here in Baltimore City, we focus first and foremost on saving lives. If someone is dying right now, we have to save their life in order for there to be a better tomorrow,” Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said.

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AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore raises $80,000 for Chase Brexton’s HIV/AIDS services (Metro Weekly)

The 2018 AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore raised more than $80,000 to support Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services.

Chase Brexton Health Care President and CEO Patrick Mutch and Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Jennifer Martin gave brief remarks at the event, which was emceed by Chardelle Moore of FOX 5 Baltimore. 

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Baltimore Standing Together: Opioid Epidemic (WJZ)

Dr. Leana Wen served on a panel of experts for WJZ's town hall: "Baltimore Standing Together: Opioid Epedemic. 

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Searching for solutions to the opioid crisis (Modern Healthcare)

Healthcare executives and public health officials pushed for easier access to drugs that reduce dependency on painkillers, as well as for a less punitive approach to dealing with those addicted to opioids, in sessions at a conference on April 25-26.

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Hospitals can fight the opioid crisis by treating addiction like the disease it is (Modern Healthcare)

In their guest commentary, Evan Behrle, Dr. Shelly Choo and Dr. Leana Wen discuss the Health Department's Levels of Care initiative. 

In many doctor's offices and hospitals across the country, the response to someone seeking addiction treatment is simple: "We don't do that here."We are living through the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. "We don't do that here"

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Bmore Healthy Newsletter: May 4, 2018

Click here to read the 5/4/18 newsletter. 

In this issue:

  • Note from the Commissioner
  • Mayor Pugh and Dr. Wen Announce Initiative with Hospitals to Improve Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder 
  • Dr. Wen Gives Keynote Address at AARP Leadership Day
  • Dr. Wen Voices Support for Baltimore City “Diaper Duty” Legislation  
  • & More

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Note From The Commissioner: Fostering a Culture of Equity, Diversity, and Respect.

Last Saturday, I had the honor of participating in the 2018 Women of the World (WOW) Festival held at Notre Dame of Maryland University. I shared my personal and professional journey with some incredible trailblazing women, including Major General Linda Singh, the first African-American and first woman to become Adjutant General of Maryland.

I was especially honored to meet Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, whose personal story and heroic resilience has been so moving to witness. Ms. Burke spoke about the intersection of race, gender, and class in her experience as a survivor of sexual violence and as an advocate for women and girls.

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Trending News Today (Specialty Pharmacy Times)

Baltimore, Maryland’s health department and a national advocacy group urged the Trump administration to invoke government authority to slash naloxone prices and increase access to the opioid overdo