News Coverage

City expands telemedicine program for older adults in Park Heights (Baltimore Sun)

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen announced Thursday the expansion of the Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors.

The program, which originated in New York, has operated out of the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging since April and has 100 people enrolled.

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Baltimore Citywide Engagement of Emergency Departments to Combat the Opioid Epidemic (AJPH)

In their editorial, Dr. Wen and Dr. Shelly Choo focus on the collaboration between the Health Department and the City’s 12 emergency departments to fight the opioid crisis, and highlights specific programs created to facilitate opioid addiction interventions from the ED, including discharging patients with naloxone, connecting patients to peer recovery coaches, and providing access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) from the ED. 

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Baltimore hospitals to be classified based on ability to treat opioid addiction, overdoses (Baltimore Business Journal)

Baltimore City Health Department will classify local hospitals based on their readiness to treat patients suffering from opioid addiction or overdose.

 

City sets standards for scoring hospitals on how well they can treat opioid addiction (Baltimore Fishbowl)

Baltimore now has a scoring system in place for highlighting the hospitals best equipped to serve people addicted to pain medication. 

Trump's family planning dystopia (Baltimore Sun)

In her op-ed, Dr. Leana Wen warns of the implications of the proposed "gag rule" - including undermining patients’ rights & violating core values of the healing professions.

"Imagine a world in which we deprive patients seeking help for diabetes of access to treatment, such that the only patients who can access care are those with health insurance from their employers or are wealthy enough to pay out-of-pocket. Imagine that even when patients decide on a course of action best suited for them, clinicians knowingly withhold evidence-based treatment. Reproductive health is a critical part of every woman’s health care. Standard medical care should be based on science, not ideology. The fundamental right to health cannot be a privilege reserved only for those who can afford it."

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Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen: Border Children, Title X Grants, CARE Act (WYPR)

In this edition of Midday Healthwatch, Dr. Leana Wen covers the potential impact of Maryland’s primary election results on health policies in Baltimore; proposed regulation changes involving Title X and the potential impact on women's health; the CARE Act and national opioid legislation; and the Health Department’s Hospital Levels of Care initiative and other opioid-related efforts in the City.

Listen here.

Mosquitoes are at three times their normal number in Maryland this summer (Washington Post)

First came the rains. Now come the mosquitoes.

Populations of the itch-inducing insects have multiplied across Maryland — in many areas up to three times their normal early summer numbers — because of recent storms and flooding that have given them an abundance of water to breed in.

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Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer. (Baltimore Sun)

First came the rains. Now come the mosquitoes.

Populations of the itch-inducing insects have multiplied across Maryland — in many areas up to three times their normal early summer numbers — because of recent storms and flooding that have given them an abundance of water to breed in

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Code Red Extreme Heat Alert issued for Baltimore (WBAL)

The Baltimore City Health Department has declared a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Tuesday. It is the first Code Red of the 2018 season.

"Hundreds of people die every year from heat-related illness," Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said. "Heat is a silent killer and a threat to the health of everyone in our city, particularly the young, the elderly and those with chronic diseases. In weather like this, it’s important for everyone to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration."

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Heat Advisories in effect for the Baltimore Metro Region (WEAA)

A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert will be in effect in Baltimore today. Dr. Leana Wen talks with WEAA’s Julius White about  tips to stay safe in beating the heat as well as food safety tips for your 4th of July Holiday picnics. 

Listen to the interview.

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