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 health Commissioner: New FDA labeling requirement can save lives (The Hill)

By Leana S. Wen

If my patient were in a car accident and experiencing neck pain, I might have prescribed an opioid — such as Percocet or Vicodin — for the pain, and a benzodiazepine — such as Xanax or Valium — to help treat muscle spasms. I might have prescribed to someone who is on benzodiazepines for their anxiety disorder an opioid for pain relief; and vice versa.

Redefining public health (Baltimore Sun)

It's well known that the most important health indicators of communities are often closely related to their demographics. People living in wealthy communities generally tend to live longer, be more active and have fewer serious chronic diseases than people living in poor communities. 

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, Maryland Department of Agriculture to Implement Conduct Mosquito Control Activities

BALTIMORE, MD (August 28, 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.

HEALTHY BALTIMORE: "It Takes A Village To Raise A Community"

BCHD Druid Health Clinic
2:00am to 7:00am

Join the Baltimore City Health Department's Druid Health Clinic in celebrating Community as it increases health awareness by providing Health Screenings, Health Education, Demonstrations and a host of interactive Activities.

For more information, contact:  Latasha Parker, 410-382-3446

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement Regarding Hogan Administration's Announcement of $500,000 for Baltimore’s Safe Streets Program

BALTIMORE, MD (August 18, 2016)–Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen released the following statement following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement of $500,000 in bridge funding for Baltimore City’s Safe Streets program:

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Issues Statement in Response to Infant Sleep Study

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, which found that most parents place infants in unsafe sleep environments. 

B'more for Healthy Babiessafe sleep

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