Bmore Healthy Blog

Note from the Acting Commissioner: Get Vaccinated

Late last week, there was news of a confirmed

Dr. Dzirasa

Note from the Acting Commissioner: Let's Get Moving!

As the weather warms and the days become longer, it is a perfect time to begin to plan outdoor activities and take advantage of the many beautiful attractions, spring festivals, recreation centers, and walking and biking trails in our City.

Dr. Dzirasa

Note from the Acting Commissioner: Moving Towards a More Equitable Health Landscape

In my very brief time at the Health Department, I have had the pleasure to meet and hear from Baltimore residents, elected officials, healthcare providers and other public health stakeholders all across the City regarding what Baltimore needs to move towards a more equitable health landscape. 

Dr. Dzirasa

Note from the Acting Commissioner: Three Areas Of Continued Focus

As I complete week two in my new role, I wanted to give thanks for the outpouring of support from everyone at the Health Department, throughout the City, and throughout

Dr. Dzirasa

Note from the Acting Commissioner: My First Week

It has been a whirlwind week of attending my first State of the City Address, the swearing in ceremony for Commissioner Harris, and meeting some of the talented team at the Baltimore City Health Department.

Dr. Dzirasa

Note From The Commissioner: Proud to Serve Baltimore

Four years ago, I was given the incredible opportunity to serve as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. It was my dream job, and I have been so proud to work with the women and men at the Health Department on the frontlines of public health. Through the leadership of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and with the help of partners across the City, we have made significant strides in improving health and combatting disparity

Dr. Wen

Note From The Commissioner: Sharing the Principles that Guide Our Work

Park School

This week, I had the honor of visiting the Park School of Baltimore as their 2017-2018 Resident Scholar. Each year for more than 30 years, the Park School Parents’ Association invites a Resident Scholar to address the Upper School student body. Leaders from the fields of science, politics, music, and literature – including Ta-Nehisi Coates and April Ryan – have visited the Park School as Scholars. 

Leana Wen

Note From The Commissioner: Congressional Black Caucus Panel

Congressional Black Caucus

At last week’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings invited me to serve as the moderator for his panel on opioids and communities of color. I was honored to host a discussion that featured statements from Congressman Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with Mr. Cyril Scovens from Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Dr. Barbara DiPietro from Health Care for the Homeless, Dr. Aliya Jones from Bon Secours Hospital, and Dr. Scott Nolen from Open Society Institute – Baltimore.

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Note From The Commissioner: My New Role

Nearly four years ago, I was given the profound honor and privilege of serving as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Every day since then, under the leadership of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and then Mayor Catherine Pugh, I’ve served alongside the most dedicated public servants I’ve ever known, joined in a common mission to combat disparities and improve health and well-being in Baltimore. I have often said that I have my dream job. It has been a dream come true to work with all of you. Together, we have accomplished so much: we’ve saved nearly 3,000 lives from opioid overdose; reduced infant mortality to record lows; provided glasses for all children who need them; treated violence and racism as public health crises; and convened all sectors to improve community well-being.

Leana Wen