News Coverage

"Health officials talk STD prevention in youth summit" (WBAL-TV, June 25, 2014)

BALTIMORE —Almost 30,000 Maryland residents have been diagnosed and are living with HIV or AIDS. Nearly 1,500 of those cases are among those between the ages of 13-24. In a move to get a handle on the problem, Maryland health officials held a youth sexual health summit Monday to talk prevention.


"Baltimore City launches 2014 Code Red initiative" (WMAR-ABC2 June 17, 2014)

BALTIMORE -  As temperatures begin to rise and with hot and humid conditions expected this week with a heat index approaching 100 degrees, Baltimore City health officials are announcing the 2014 Code Red Heat Alert initiative and reminding citizens of precautions to ensure their safety during hot weather.

"Tuberculosis remains a threat despite city's eradication efforts" (Baltimore Sun - May 9, 2014)

Baltimore once suffered the highest rate of tuberculosis infection of any large city in the country — 75 cases per 100,000 people in 1966.

"Baltimore City launches Get Fresh healthy food initiative for kids" (WMAR-ABC2, May 7, 2014)

BALTIMORE - More than 31,000 Baltimore children live in food deserts. In the city, food deserts are defined as neighborhoods located more than a quarter-mile away from grocery stores, with low-income residents that have low or limited access to automobiles.

"Tattoo parlor regulations inconsistent throughout Maryland" (WMAR ABC-2, May 3, 2014)

The hum of the needle trails out from underneath the steady hand of the artist. Their public display of artistry is done under a watchful eye, just not the one you’re expecting.  Because when you’re talking about tattooing, whether the artist is safe is considered more important than whether they’re good. At least to the Baltimore City Health Department

"New program to bring healthy food to city's corner stores" (Baltimore Sun - February 26, 2014)

Baltimore City plans to help corner stores in West Baltimore stock healthier fare, and get kids and their parents interested in buying it, as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

"Baltimore Mayor, Elected Officials Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" (Afro-American, February 12, 2014)

For more than 10 years, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day has been a platform for officials and community leaders to discuss the deadly affliction. This year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot joined with Total Health Care and took to the streets of west Baltimore to share information. 

Baltimore officials want warning signs about sugary drinks

In an effort to address health concerns among children, Baltimore officials introduced legislation that would require businesses to post warning signs of sugary drinks.