Press Releases

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends Congress for Allocating Funding to Prevent Spread of Zika Virus

BALTIMORE, MD (September 29, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to Congress’ decision to provide funding to combat the Zika virus as a part of a short-term spending bill passed last night.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Honored by American Public Health Association for Local Health Innovation

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 28, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen was announced as a recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, an annual award bestowed upon a local health officer in recognition of outstanding creative and innovative public health work. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to Increase in Fentanyl Deaths in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 23, 2016) – Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to new data released by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showing an increase in fatal overdoses statewide. Preliminary data show that there were 290 fatal overdoses in Baltimore City during the first half of 2016, compared to 188 during the same time period last year.

Baltimore City Health Department Recognized As HealthyCommunity50 Member In Healthiest Cities And Counties Challenge

Baltimore, MD (September 21, 2016) —Today, Baltimore City was selected as one of 50 members of the HealthyCommunity50 in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. By participating in the Challenge, Baltimore City will receive a $10,000 community seed award and is in the running to receive a prize that will further development of local programming.

Chemical Odor Reported at Baltimore City Health Department Druid Health Clinic

BALTIMORE, MD (September 20, 2016) – This afternoon, Baltimore City Health Department's Druid Health Clinic reported a chemical-based odor emanating from an unknown substance in the second floor lab. 

Baltimore City Awarded $5 Million SAMHSA Grant to Implement Community-based Trauma Informed Care in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (September 15, 2016)– The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today announced that the agency has been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services for the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) program. The goal of ReCAST is to empower local community collaboration to assist high-risk youth and families in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through evidence-based violence prevention, community youth engagement, and trauma-informed behavioral health services.

Baltimore City Health Department, Maryland Department of Agriculture to Conduct Mosquito Control Activities

BALTIMORE, MD (September 10, 2016) – In keeping with Baltimore City’s response plan, the Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Agriculture will expand mosquito control services in Baltimore City Sunday, due to a public health concern over the potential for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus and Zika virus. There are currently 11 travel-associated Zika cases in Baltimore City.

Baltimore City Announces Increased Response to Addiction on International Overdose Awareness Day

Baltimore, Md. (August 31, 2016) – Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman John Sarbanes, and partners across the city to highlight Baltimore’s ongoing response to the overdose crisis in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, a global annual event to raise awareness of overdose and reduce stigma associated with the disease of addiction.      

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends FDA for Issuing Warning for Dangerous Combination of Medications Amid Opioid Overdose Crisis

BALTIMORE, MD (August 31, 2016) – Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adopt a “black box warning” on the concurrent prescription of opioids and benzodiazepines: 

Baltimore City Health Department Launches “Healthy Baltimore 2020”

BALTIMORE, Md. (August 30, 2016)—The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today released Healthy Baltimore 2020, a strategic blueprint for health and wellness in Baltimore City through the lens of health equity.