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 Commissione

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:

Issues With Calls To Field Health Services

The Baltimore City Health Department’s Field Health Services office has been experiencing problems with phone lines (busy signals, dropped calls, etc). We are actively working to identify and repair the phone lines/extensions that are causing the problems. Thank you in advance for your patience as we attempt to provide our clients with service and resolve this urgent issue.

"Vaccinations For Students = A Pass To Class"

Two recent cases of potential measles in Baltimore, each of which proved to be negative after lab testing, serve as a reminder and a call to action to ensure children are vaccinated against preventable diseases. At an immunization clinic at the city’s Eastern Health Clinic today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and Karl Perry, Chief School Supports Officer for the Baltimore City Public Schools, reminded parents and caregivers that students must have all required state immunizations in order to participate in school, which opens next Monday, August 31.

"They’ve overdosed, or seen other people die. Now they’re learning to save victims’ lives" (Washington Post) August 21, 2015

The men filled the dark wooden benches of a drug court here Thursday morning, watching as Kevin Burns attached what looked like the end of a syringe and an attachment for nasal spray together in an attempt to revive his overdose victim. “His lips are a little bit blue,” said Burns, who works on drug overdose prevention for Baltimore through the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “If he doesn’t breathe, he will die. We have five to six minutes. That’s all we have.”

"Preventing Tobacco Sales To Underage Children Is Just A (311) Phone Call Away"

Baltimore residents can now help health officials to work on the life-changing problem of tobacco use with a simple phone call.  Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced a new tool in the fight against sales of tobacco to underage youth. Individuals can now call 311 to report businesses that are selling tobacco to youth under age 18, and Health Department officials will investigate each complaint.  The Health Department has launched a public education campaign, with messaging inside buses and radio advertisements encouraging individuals to call 311.

"Safe Streets program to expand to fifth site in Baltimore" (WMAR) August 18,2015

Plans for a fifth Safe Streets site are moving forward thanks to grant money from the Abell Foundation. The program started off slowly and eventually expanded. There have been a few years now with four Safe Streets sites that include McElderry Park, Cherry Hill, Mondawmin and Park Heights.