Press Releases

Baltimore City Announces 5000th Pair of Free Glasses Delivered to Students through Vision for Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (December 10, 2018) – City officials and a cohort of partners mark another major milestone today as they celebrate the 5,000th pair of glasses provided through the Vision for Baltimore program to Baltimore City Public Schools students.

Interim Health Commissioner Declares First Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert of the Season

With temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Baltimore City Interim Health Commissioner Mary Beth Haller today issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City all day Thursday, November 22 through Friday morning, November 23.

BCHD Response to the City Office of the Inspector General’s Report Regarding the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) issues the following statement in response to the Baltimore City Office of the Inspector General’s report regarding the Department’s Office of Chronic Di

Baltimore City Health Department Celebrates Nine Years of Healthy Babies

October 26, 2018 - Since 2009, Baltimore City has experienced a 36 percent decline in the infant mortality rate. Last night, health officials and families from across Baltimore City joined in an evening of celebrating nine years of success in reducing infant mortality rates.

Baltimore City Successfully Completes the Billion Step Challenge

BALTIMORE, MD (October 10, 2018)—This week, the initiative tracked more than one billion steps by City residents. The project, which was part of BCHD’s strategic blueprint Healthy Baltimore 2020, included partnerships with other city agencies, corporate entities and community organizations that hosted events to promote physical activity.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Responds to Passing of Opioids Package

Baltimore, Maryland Yesterday, Congress passed legislation focused on fighting the opioid epidemic. Included in the package are provisions that provide federal support to innovative programs ranging from stabilization centers to peer support services.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner and Director of Department of General Services Host Naloxone Training for City Employees

BALTIMORE, MD (September 18, 2018) —Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined Baltimore City Department of General Services (DGS) Director Steve Sharkey to host a naloxone training for Baltimore City Employees at the War Memorial Building. 

Statement from Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen:

BALTIMORE, MD (September 12, 2018) – Nearly four years ago, I was given the profound honor and privilege of serving as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Every day since then, I’ve served with the most dedicated public servants I’ve ever known, joined in a common mission to combat disparities and improve health and well-being in Baltimore. 

Leana Wen

Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday

BALTIMORE, MD (September 4, 2018) – With continued high temperatures in the Baltimore region and a heat index expected to reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday and Thursday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday, September 6.

Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Labor Day and Tuesday

BALTIMORE, MD (September 2, 2018) – With high temperatures in the Baltimore region this Labor Day and a heat index expected to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit Monday and Tuesday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for tomorrow, Monday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 4. 

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