Press Releases

Baltimore City Health Department Investigating Possible Measles Case

The Baltimore City Health Department is investigating a possible measles case in a 12-month-old Baltimore City resident.   There has not been a documented case of measles in Baltimore City in the last decade; Baltimore has high vaccination rates, with nearly 99 percent of public school children being vaccinated.

Leana Wen, M.D. Begins Tenure As Baltimore’s Health Commissioner

With Leana Wen, M.D. officially beginning her tenure tomorrow as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, today she announced details of her priority areas and several key additions to her senior leadership team. Dr. Wen replaces Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, who had served as interim health commissioner since May 2014 and has been named Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services.

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue Alert in Baltimore for Wednesday – Friday

With predicted low temperatures for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week in the teens, and wind chills in the single digits, the Interim Health Commissioner for Baltimore City is declaring a Code Blue for January 7, 8 and 9.

"Mayor Rawlings-Blake, ShopRite Expand Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket Program to Include Perkins Homes and Wayland Village"

Baltimore, MD (December 16, 2014) — Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey joined representatives from Klein’s Family Markets and ShopRite of Howard Park, as well as members of the community, to announce the expansion of Baltimore City’s Virtual Supermarket Program to two additional communities—Perkins Homes and Wayland Village Senior Apartments. The Virtual Supermarket Program is a nationally award-winning program that increases food access in neighborhoods designated as food deserts by providing online ordering and delivery options. 

Health Department Testing Reveals Children’s Jewelry Item With Excess Lead Found For Sale At Local Store

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has issued a violation notice to a city business where a children’s jewelry item was found to be for sale with a lead level more than five times above pe

Mayor and Health Commissioner Announce Code Blue Program for Winter 2014-15

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Interim Health Commissioner Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, PhD, today announced the start of Baltimore City's Code Blue program for this coming winter. Code Blue is a multi-agency coordinated approach to providing vulnerable populations in Baltimore City with relief from extreme cold weather. The program’s goal is to reduce the number of hypothermia deaths and related illnesses in the city.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Declares First Code Red Of The Summer

With a heat index for mid-afternoon tomorrow predicted to reach 105 degrees, interim Health Commissioner Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey has declared a Code Red for Wednesday, July 2. The heat index measures air temperature and relative humidity to indicate how hot it feels to an individual outside.

Baltimore City Launches 2014 Code Red Heat Alert Season

BALTIMORE, MD (June 17, 2014) –  As temperatures begin to rise and with hot and humid conditions expected this week with a heat index approaching 100 degrees, Baltimore City health officials are announcing the 2014 Code Red Heat Alert initiative and reminding citizens of precautions to ensure their safety during hot weather.

Baltimore City Mayor & Health Commissioner Announce Passage Of Needs-Based Syringe Exchange Bill

Baltimore leaders say passage Monday evening by the General Assembly of legislation permitting needs-based exchange of syringes will go a long way toward ensuring the continued success of the city’s highly successful syringe exchange program.  This bill was a top legislative priority for the Mayor and Health Department during the 2014 General Assembly session.

National Health Rankings Show Baltimore City Making Progress on Teen Births, Adult Smoking, Preventable Hospital Stays

Steady progress has been noted in the health of Baltimore City residents in certain key indicators, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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