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Commissioners Corner: Public Health Lessons from Baltimore

This past week, I had the opportunity to travel to the Midwest to share lessons from Baltimore and to learn from my public health counterparts around the country. We often speak about the stark health disparities in Baltimore City as manifested by the 20-year difference in life expectancy between zip codes. The challenges we face are not unique, nor are our efforts to combat disparities. 

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Baltimore City Health Department Has a New Look!

You may have noticed over the past few days that we revealed a new Baltimore City Health Department logo. The logo change is part of a larger rebranding strategy to standardize our image across the entire agency.

Baltimore City Health Department Old Logo New Logo Comparison Local Government Rebrand

Over the past six months, the communications team analyzed our internal and external documents as well as evaluated the core values of the agency. The result was a refined vision and mission statement grounded in equity, community, and wellbeing.

Commissioner's Corner: National Public Health Week & National Youth Violence Prevention Week

The first week of April is an important one in the world of public health as we recognize both National Public Health Week as well as National Youth Violence Prevention Week. At a time in Baltimore when public health is a critical lever for addressing some of our city’s major disparities, we must all consider the ways in which public health and social justice are inextricably connected.

Commissioner's Corner: Public Health is Inextricably Tied to Social Justice

Public health is inextricably tied to social justice. Our work every day focuses on helping residents across Baltimore to cut rampant health disparities in our communities. 

Commissioner's Corner: Repealing the ACA Will Be Devastating for the Health of Americans

Over the past few weeks, we have learned how recent federal policy proposals, including the potential Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan and the President’s federal budget proposal, will have a drastic impact on crucial public health services in Baltimore and across the United States. In public health, we have a clear responsibility to speak up for those who may not be able to advocate on behalf of themselves, especially our society’s most vulnerable. In recent days, I have made it a priority discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act repeal on the residents of Baltimoreand millions of other Americans who will lose coverage as a result of the proposed legislation.

Baltimore City Recognizes National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Native American HIV AIDS Day Baltimore City Health Department

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and Baltimore City HIV Planning Group and Commission partnered with Native American LifeLines in celebrating National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by hosting the 3rd Annual Round Dance and Community Health Fair.

This was the 10 year anniversary of this nationwide observance.

Commissioner's Corner: Emergency Response-- There's No 'Snow Day' in Public Health

Earlier this week, Winter Storm Stella charged through Baltimore, leaving behind enough snow and ice to halt many operations across the city. However, we know that there’s no such thing as a “snow day” in public health.  

Commissioner's Corner: We Cannot Repeal the ACA

On Monday night, members of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a bill that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act. I am gravely concerned about the implications for Baltimore. As I mentioned in an opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun, the proposal threatens to dismantle Medicaid, which is the safety net that provides insurance for women, children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. It would cut reproductive health services and gut programs that focus on disease prevention. It takes away protections to low-income individuals to help them get insurance, and will take us back to a time when people are forced to choose between paying for food and medications.

BCHD to Kick Butts on March 30th

On March 30, 2017, the Baltimore City Health Department’s (BCHD) Tobacco Free Baltimore Program (TFB) will partner with the Mount Royal Elementary School to host Kick Butts Day (KBD), a local initiative of the national event, which is held every March. Kick Butts Day empowers youth to raise awareness about tobacco use and reject the influence of tobacco advertising. In Baltimore, the event is in its second year.

Commissioner's Corner: Public Health Cross-sector Collaboration

At BCHD, we are very proud of our extensive track record of pushing the envelope of public health through innovation and engagement with communities across Baltimore. At a time when governments are faced with increasingly limited resources, it is commonsense that we work togetherto solve our shared challenges. We have long known the power of public-private partnerships to improve health outcomes.