Press Releases

Commissioner Wen Issues Statement Regarding the State's Announced Budget Proposals for Anti-Heroin Initiatives

BALTIMORE, MD (January 28, 2016)–Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement regarding the State's announced budget proposals for anti-heroin initiatives:

Baltimore City Health Department Announces Catholic Charities to Serve as Community Partner for Safe Streets Expansion in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD (January 27, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Department today announced that Catholic Charities of Baltimore has been awarded the contract for the newest Safe Streets Baltimore location that will bring the program credited with reducing gun violence to the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood beginning late next month. 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue in Baltimore Through Monday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (January 24, 2016)– With dangerously cold temperatures expected to continue through tomorrow morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today extended a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, January 25.

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue in Baltimore in Advance of Anticipated Winter Storm

BALTIMORE, MD (January 21, 2016)– With the region’s first major winter storm expected to begin Friday afternoon, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City beginning Friday, January 22nd through Sunday, January 23rd.

 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue in Baltimore Through Wednesday Morning

BALTIMORE, MD (January 19, 2016)– With dangerously cold temperatures expected to continue through tomorrow morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today extended a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20.

Health Commissioner Wen Declares Code Blue Alert In Baltimore For Monday And Tuesday

BALTIMORE, MD (January 15, 2016)– With temperatures predicted to fall into the single-digits with wind chill early Monday morning through Tuesday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City for Monday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 19th. This is the third Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season.

Baltimore City Health Department Offers Comment to CDC’s Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

BALTIMORE, MD (January 13, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) officials issued a letter this week providing comment to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. This is the latest effort from BCHD to combat and ultimately end opioid use disorders abuse and overdose.

“In Baltimore City, we have declared opioid abuse a public health emergency. Though there is much that can be done on the city and state levels, we know that we cannot end the nation’s opioid epidemic without the support of and guidance from our federal partners,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. “We commend the CDC’s efforts to encourage best practices for prescribing, and applaud their continued efforts to bring greater national attention to this public health crisis.”

Health Commissioner Wen Declares Code Blue Alert for Tuesday Night

BALTIMORE, MD (January 12, 2016)– With overnight temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City overnight. 

“I am issuing a Code Blue Declaration tonight in Baltimore and encourage residents to stay in indoors, especially those most vulnerable to cold,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. “Extreme cold temperatures can permanently injure, or even kill. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be just as dangerous as extreme heat, so it is important to stay indoors in heated areas. Be sure to check on your elderly neighbors to ensure that they have heat and power tonight.”

Baltimore City Health Department, Councilman Mosby Announce Efforts to Educate Residents on the Health Dangers of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

BALTIMORE, MD (January 11, 2015)– In an effort to reduce childhood obesity, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today joined Councilman Nick Mosby to announce a City Council bill that would require warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages in advertisements, restaurant menus, and in any city store that sells those products. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends Lift on Federal Funding Ban for Needle Exchange Programs

BALTIMORE, MD (January 7, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement commending Congress’s decision to effectively lift the federal funding ban for needle exchange programs under a provision in the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act:

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