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

BALTIMORE, MD (August 6, 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. 


Baltimore City Health Department Hosts Eastern Health Clinic Community Celebration Following Recent Break-Ins

BALTIMORE, MD (July 29, 2016)– Following a multiple break-ins earlier this month at the Eastern Health Clinic located at 620 N. Caroline Street, the Baltimore City Health Department today hosted a “Day of Appreciation” for staff and community members to celebrate the clinic and highlight the efforts of staff who offer a diverse array of health services for the more than 30,000 patient visits each year.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends New HHS Actions to Combat Opioid Abuse, Calls for Additional Action Amid Epidemic

BALTIMORE, MD (July 6, 2016)–Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued the following statement in response to several new actions announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic, including issuing a Buprenorphine Final Rule that allows practitioners who have had a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 100 patients for a year or more, to now obtain a waiver to treat up to 275 patients:

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Commends Philadelphia City Council for Approving Soda Tax

“Philadelphia’s soda tax is a great step toward improving public health, and we commend Philadelphia’s City Council for acting in the best interest of its residents. We hope that Baltimore will follow suit by passing legislation currently before City Council that will require warning labels on advertisements and at points-of-sale for sugary drinks.”

Baltimore Health Officials Call on City Council to Pass Legislation to Educate Residents about the Dangers of Sugary Drinks

BALTIMORE, MD (June 7, 2016)– Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined community advocates today to call on the Baltimore City Council to pass legislation to require warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages on advertisements, restaurant menus, and in any point of sale in the city where these products are sold during a hearing of the Council’s Health Committee. Sugar-sweetened beverages contain added caloric sweetener, such as soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, most juices, sweetened coffee drinks, sweetened teas, etc.

Leana Wen, Baltimore’s public health crusader (Daily Record)

Just a few months after Dr. Leana Wen took over as Baltimore’s health commissioner, the Freddie Gray riots drew renewed national attention to the city’s struggling neighborhoods and public health challenges including opioid addiction, gun violence and disparities in life expectancy across different zip codes.

Baltimore City Health Department Launches New Restaurant Inspection Web Portal

BALTIMORE, MD (May 17, 2016)– The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) today released a new inspection web portal that provides the public with easy access to recent food service facility inspection data online. This new public portal, available at, provides greater transparency into the inspection process and allows constituents to make better informed dining choices.

Baltimore City Announces New Citywide Initiative to Provide Free Universal Vision Screening and Glasses to Students

BALTIMORE, MD (May 10, 2016)– The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), non-profit provider Vision To Learn (VTL), and Warby Parker today launched “Vision for Baltimore,” an innovative citywide strategy to ensure that students across Baltimore City elementary and middle schools have universal access to glasses.

Baltimore City Announces Citywide Preparedness Plan for Zika Virus

BALTIMORE, MD (April 26, 2016) – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today joined City leaders to announce Baltimore City’s Zika Preparedness Plan to educate the public about the Zika virus and coordinate a citywide response to help prevent the spread of the virus. Baltimore’s Citywide Zika Plan will be the first in Maryland, and aims to serve as a model for other cities.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Urges Expanded Access to Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone at Congressional Briefing

BALTIMORE, MD (April 15, 2016) – Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today joined Congressional leaders and experts for a briefing hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), to educate members and staff about efforts being implemented in Baltimore to combat the opioid abuse epidemic and urging Congress to introduce policies that will expand access to naloxone, a medication that completely reverses the effect of an opioid overdose.