Bmore Healthy Blog

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.

Commissioner's Corner: Public Health Advocacy

In this year’s General Assembly, our team here at BCHD is focusing our attention and advocacy efforts on policies and proposals that will improve the health of residents and reduce disparities in Baltimore and across the state.  

Commissioner's Corner: Health is a Basic Human Right

Public health and social justice are inextricably connected. When we find ourselves facing injustice, we must act—it is our duty to take care of our most vulnerable.

Commissioner's Corner: Black History Month & Public Health Equity

As Black History Month begins, it is necessary for us all to consider how public health and social justice are inextricably connected. We are a city that believes that when there is injustice, inequality, or threats to hope and opportunity, we are obligated to act. In Baltimore, we are working everyday with our communities to reduce health disparities.

Commissioner's Corner: Baltimore is a Welcoming City & Saving Lives with Naloxone

Earlier this week, Mayor Pugh reassured our residents that Baltimore is and will remain a welcoming city for immigrants. I want to both thank and stand with her in supporting our residents.

Commissioner's Corner: Where a Person Lives Should Not Dictate If They Live

At BCHD, we believe that where a person lives should not dictate if and for how long a person lives. We also understand that overall health in our communities is determined by much more than the care we receive in a healthcare setting, which is why we must safeguard the health of the environment in which we live.