Press Releases

Baltimore City Announces Zika Preparedness Plan

Officials urge residents to take caution to prevent the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses

BALTIMORE, MD (May 23, 2017)—Baltimore City officials today announced citywide efforts to prevent the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. The Zika virus is spread by mosquito bite or unprotected sex and is linked to serious birth defects.

Baltimore City Health Department Announces Beginning of 2017 Code Red Season

BALTIMORE, MD (May 15, 2017)—The Baltimore City Health Department today announced the start of Baltimore City’s Code Red program for the coming summer.

Code Red is a multi-agency effort to provide heat education and cooling relief to vulnerable populations in Baltimore. Throughout the summer, City agencies provide public education to residents about the effects of sustained heat on health and perform community outreach regarding energy assistance programs for senior residents and other susceptible groups through Community Action Partnership Centers.

Baltimore City Health Officials Warn Residents of Dangers of Unlicensed Cosmetic Tattooing

Cosmetic tattooing, known as “microblading,” in unlicensed facilities poses risk of permanent scars and contagious disease

BALTIMORE, MD (May 10, 2017)—Today, the Baltimore City Health Department warned residents about the growing trend of microblading in unlicensed facilities, such as salons, across Baltimore City.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Worried About Health of Millions After Passage of House Bill to Replace the Affordable Care Act

BALTIMORE, MD (May 4, 2017) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued the following statement in response to the Republican House bill that would replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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: 

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