Press Releases

Baltimore City Officials Urge Residents to Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

During National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, residents can deposit medications at ten permanent return boxes across the city

BALTIMORE, MD (April 28, 2017) –  On Saturday, April 29th, Baltimore City officials will recognize National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a nationwide initiative to highlight safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs in communities, while raising awareness about prescription drug addiction.

Baltimore City Health Department Recognizes National Infant Immunization Week

BALTIMORE, MD (April 24, 2017)This week, the Baltimore City Health Department recognizes National Infant Immunization Week (April 22-29, 2017) in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of vaccinating infants and young children to protect them from harmful and contagious diseases.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Honored by University of Iowa College of Public Health with Hansen Award

BALTIMORE, MD (April 19, 2017) — Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen was named the recipient of the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship by the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Dr. Wen was selected as this year’s awardee in recognition of her leadership in improving well-being and reducing health disparities.

Baltimore Health Officials Respond to Suspected Spike in Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

BALTIMORE, MD (April 12, 2017) — Baltimore health officials today urged families to follow safe sleep practices in response to a suspected spike in sleep-related infant deaths. Despite back-to-back record low infant sleep-related deaths in 2014 (13) and 2015 (13), six babies have died in their sleep so far this year in Baltimore City. Baltimore previously experienced a record high of 27 infant sleep-related deaths in 2009.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Wen Commends the Maryland General Assembly for Passing Legislation to Address the Opioid Epidemic

BALTIMORE, Md. (April 11, 2017) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to the Maryland General Assembly’s passage of two bills, the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (the HOPE Act, SB967/HB1329) and the Heroin and Opioid Education and Community Action Act of 2017 (the Start Talking Maryland Act, SB1060/HB1082), which improve access to treatment and education in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends Maryland General Assembly for Passing Legislation to Stop Prescription Drug Gouging

BALTIMORE, MD (April 10, 2017) — Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to the Maryland General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 631, which will authorize the State’s Attorney General's Office to take legal action to stop price gouging of off-patent or generic drugs: 

Baltimore City Health Department Awarded over $4 million to Connect Patients to Critical Community Services

BALTIMORE, MD (April 7, 2017) — The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) announced today that the agency has been selected for a $4.2 million, five-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under its Accountable Health Communities (AHC) program to support efforts to implement a comprehensive model that will better connect patients to health-related community and social services.

Baltimore City Health Department Hosts Healthy Baltimore 2020 Community Conversation on Chronic Disease Prevention

BALTIMORE, MD (March 29, 2017)—The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today hosted the latest Healthy Baltimore 2020 Community Conversation, a town hall meeting offering residents the opportunity to provide public comment on Healthy Baltimore 2020—BCHD’s recently released strategic blueprint for health and wellness through the lens of health equity.

Baltimore City Health Department Finds Health Improving Across City

BALTIMORE, MD (March 29, 2017) – Today, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) issued the latest editions of its Neighborhood Health Profiles and 2017 BCHD White Paper, outlining the state of health in Baltimore, previous accomplishments, and strategic priorities.

Baltimore City Health Services Affected by Winter Storm Stella

Baltimore, MD (March 14, 2017) – The following Baltimore City Health Department Services have been impacted by Winter Storm Stella: