Bmore Healthy Blog

Note From The Commissioner: Standing in Support of the CARE Act

Last Friday, I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act introduced by Representative Elijah Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Congressman Cummings and Senator Warren were on the panel, along with Senator Ben Cardin, Representative John Sarbanes, Mayor Pugh, and several of our community partners, including hospitals, direct service providers, and individuals in recovery. The CARE Act—modeled after the Ryan White Act for HIV/AIDS—was introduced this year by Representative Cummings and Senator Warren.

Note From The Commissioner: Decisions about Medical Care Should be Based on Science, Not Ideology

On Monday, at our Druid Health Clinic, doctors and nurses stood with Mayor Catherine Pugh and our entire Baltimore City federal delegation – Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes – to voice our strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to Title X family planning services. These changes will hurt four million people, many of whom already bear the brunt of health disparities and inequities, including women of color and low-income individuals.

Leana Wen

Note From The Commissioner: We Are The Health Department Of The Year

Health Dept of the Year

Last week, the National Association of County and City Health Officials named the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) the 2018 Local Health Department of the Year. BCHD stood out among the nearly 3,000 local health departments across the country for this prestigious award.

Note From The Commissioner: Fighting for Health Equity

Last weekend, I had the honor to speak at the UnidosUS 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Formerly the National Council of La Raza, UnidosUS is the United States’ largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization. Other speakers included heroes and partners in our work in health and justice: Bryan Stevenson (Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative); Cecilia Muñoz (Former Director, Domestic Policy Council, Obama White House); Chad Griffin (President, Human Rights Campaign); and Sherrilyn Ifill (President and Director-Council, NAACP Legal Defense Fund).

Leana Wen

Note From the Commissioner: Fighting for the Health of Our Residents

In July 2017, the Baltimore City Health Department received notice that our five-year grantfrom the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for teen pregnancy prevention would be cut two years short. This was a $3.5 million reduction that would eliminate evidence-based, science-based reproductive health education curriculum for 20,000 middle and high-school students. Despite many requests, we received no explanation for the grant termination.

Leana Wen

Note From The Commissioner: Expanding Service to Our Community

Here at home in Baltimore, we have exciting news: we are in the process of finally moving the Health Department’s Eastern Health Clinic. Eastern provides essential services to our City’s residents, including tuberculosis screenings and treatment, STD/HIV testing and treatment, family planning services, and immunizations for children so they can attend school. 

Public Health Heroes: Baltimore City Health Department’s Division of Aging and CARE Services Office of the Long Term-Care Ombudsman

The Baltimore City Health Department’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman team investigates, educates, and advocates for the residents of Baltimore City on a variety of issues that affect their well-being. 

Ombudsman Program

Note From The Commissioner: Advancing Health and Safety for Older Adults

As an emergency physician, I have treated older adults who arrive in the ER with horrific signs of physical abuse, including injuries that led to disability or death. I have also seen our elders who are mentally, emotionally, and sexually abused, and who are targets of financial crimes and exploitation.

Leana Wen

Note From The Commissioner: An Ecosystem of Optimism and Hope

On Wednesday, I joined Open Society Institute (OSI)-Baltimore to celebrate their 20th anniversary celebration.

Leana Wen

Note From The Commissioner: The Power of Safe Streets

As an emergency physician, I have seen the human cost of gun violence.