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Dr. Wen Speaks at the Sixth Annual Lundberg Institute Lecture

Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. George Lundberg at Sixth Annual Lundberg Institute Lecture

On Monday, Dr. Wen spoke at the Sixth Annual Lundberg Institute Lecture, “Public Health and Physician Activism: Lessons from Baltimore,” in San Francisco, California. The Lundberg Institute is a non-profit dedicated to creating a better patient-physician relationship by providing resources to promote evidence-informed health care that focus on patient centeredness. The Lundberg Institute intends for physicians to improve their skills in listening, oral and written communications, information technology, shared decision-making, and transparency in order to patients to receive the best care.

Promoting Youth Health and Wellness: A Community Conversation

Dr. Wen Speaks at Youth Health & Wellness Community Conversation Nov 3, 2016

Last week, the Baltimore City Health Department launched the city’s new Youth Health and Wellness Strategy, a comprehensive citywide 5-year plan for achieving Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Communities and Healthy Systems, Baltimore City will continue to tackle systemic issues of poverty, trauma, and structural racism that Baltimore City’s 150,000 youth face.

On Thursday evening, BCHD hosted a community conversation at Dunbar High School with Baltimore City Public Schools and partners across the city where we provided an overview of what this strategy means communities and how we can work together to improve the lives of Baltimore's youth.

Recording Artist DLOW joins violence prevention efforts at Gilmor Homes and at Bocek Park Halloween Tailgate party

Atlantic Recording Artist, DLOW, joined two community events on last Saturday, focused on Baltimore’s children and youth. Popularly known for his catchy dance and rap routine, “DLOW Shuffle”, DLOW led dance activities in Gilmor Homes neighborhood and at Bocek/Madison Eastend Community Association’s Tailgate Halloween Party at Bocek Park. The kids immediately recognized DLOW and connected to his music and message right away. From one of Chicago's roughest neighborhoods impacted by poverty, crime and violence, DLOW has first hand experience in the devastating effects of violence and trauma. His message of hope and resiliency is a welcomed message by many kids who identify with his struggles.

 DLOW Visits with Baltimore residents at BCHD Violence Prevention Event

BCHD Recognizes Children’s Health Month and Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October is National Children’s Health Month. This week, we continued to recognize and highlight efforts to promote health and wellness among our youngest residents.

On Monday, Chief of Staff Kristin Rzeczkowski joined Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) President and CEO Ruth Ann Norton and partners from across the state at Lakewood Community School to honor the beginning of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. GHHI announced that its new mobile app will teach residents about hazards in their houses, such as lead poisoning, and how to keep their families healthy and safe.

We also joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator, Shawn M. Garvin at a press conference on Tuesday where they announced a new $6 million federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for Johns Hopkins University to study the impact of childhood asthma and obesity in Baltimore City.

BCHD Office of Youth Violence Prevention highlight a public health approach to addressing teen dating violence at BPD DV event

Last night, the Baltimore City Health Department's (BCHD) Office of Youth Violence Prevention's (OYVP) Dating Matters program joined the Baltimore City Police Department and other organizations focused on preventing domestic violence at the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center to promote awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event themed, "Shining a Light on Healthy Relationships" featured speakers William Kellibrew IV, director of OYVP, BCHD; Aisha Burgess, director of Dating Matters, (BCHD) Marilyn Mosby, Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City; Lyn Twyman, Baltimore City Police Department's Community Collaboration Division; and representatives from many other domestic violence organizations as far away as Greensboro, North Carolina.

Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach in Animal Services

Working long hours and multiple shifts, Baltimore City's Animal Control officers and staff respond to the health and safety of some of Baltimore's most vulnerable residents -- animals. As the Baltimore City Health Department advances its mission to pursue health equity for all citizens and residents of Baltimore, the department has facilitated and supported trauma-informed trainings across multiple systems and settings. Adopting a trauma-informed approach means taking into account the prevalence of trauma in populations, recognizing and understanding the role that trauma plays in the lives of the individuals being served and engaged, responding by putting knowledge into practice and resisting re-traumatization. 

BCHD’s New TECHealth Civic Innovation Program Launches

Baltimore City Health Department is launching the first cohort of TECHealth (Transforming Engineering for Civic Health), a program to engage members of Baltimore’s thriving technology and design community to solve pressing public health challenges in the city.

Following the completion of the three-month design and development phase, teams will present their projects to key health, innovation, and government stakeholders.

Teams will then be eligible for a micro-grant from Baltimore City’s TECHealth Innovation Fund to support further development. Qualifying teams will also be eligible for a spot in the Accelerate Baltimore program at Baltimore’s award winning incubator, ETC (Emerging Technology Centers). 

If you're interested in more information, visit the TECHealth website or contact Mike Fried.

Read more to learn about the seven projects participating in the first cohort!

Dr. Wen Speaks at Public Health 3.0 Conference

On Monday afternoon, Dr. Wen joined Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, John Auerbach, Director of Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and health directors across the country in Washington, DC at the Public Health 3.0 conference.

BCHD Welcomes New Baltimore Corps Fellows

Building off the amazing success we saw in the first year of the program, we are proud to welcome our second cohort of Baltimore Corps fellows to BCHD! Baltimore Corps fellows are integral team members who help support, improve, and even create new programs which help address public health issues to help build strong, healther communities. Check out their profiles.

B'More for Healthy Babies Celebrates 7 Successful Years!

Baltimore City Health Department employees, elected officials, city representatives, and families from across Baltimore City came together on Thursday evening at the National Aquarium to celebrate seven years of success in reducing infant mortality rates at an event honoring the B'more for Healthy Babies initiative.

Last week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Dr. Wen, and community partners celebrated the lowest recorded infant mortality rate in the city – a 38 percent reduction since B’More for Healthy Babies began.