Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Wen Announce Significant Reduction in Teen Pregnancies

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. joined with youth advocates to announce a significant reduction in Baltimore’s teen birth rate.

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Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue in Baltimore Through Wednesday Morning

With dangerously cold weather expected to continue for several more days, the Code Blue alert has been extended through 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 25.

"Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Health Commissioner Issue Update Regarding Ongoing Code Blue Alert"

With temperatures expected to fall below zero tonight and wind chills descending into the negative teens for the next two nights, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging all city residents to take precautions to avoid serious health and safety consequences through the weekend. 

"Meet Baltimore's New 'Top Doc'" (WMAR - ABC2), February 19, 2015

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen hit the ground running in her new position. WMAR reporter Kelly Swoope sat down for a one on one interview with Dr. Wen.

"Health Commissioner Extends Code Blue In Baltimore Through Friday"

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. has extended the Code Blue Alert through Friday, February 20.  This is the seventh Code Blue alert for Baltimore this winter.

Vaccines are Safe, Effective and Life-Saving (Baltimore Sun Op-Ed)

"In the 1930s, outbreaks swept through every corner of Baltimore. Tens of thousands of children grew sick with fever and a tale-tell rash..."

"Baltimore health commissioner and physicians call for measles vaccinations" (Washington Post - February 9, 2015)

Baltimore's health commissioner and a group of leading physicians Monday called on parents to vaccinate their children against the measles, warning that "the Disneyland outbreak raises the real risk that measles may come roaring back. "We have come too far to let that happen," the group said in a statement it released Monday. "...Make sure your child is up-to-date on all vaccines. This protects your child and will help safeguard all children in our community. Vaccines are more than individual choice; they are our obligation to one another."

"Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue In Baltimore For Monday And Tuesday"

With predicted low temperatures and wind chills as low as the single-digits, Leana Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Health Commissioner, is declaring a Code Blue for Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3. “The very cold temperatures that we’ve been experiencing recently will continue to be with us for the next two days, and the Baltimore City Health Department along with other city agencies will be working to ensure the safety of Baltimoreans,” Dr. Wen said.   “We want to make sure all residents know how to protect themselves from cold weather emergencies.”

"Measles outbreak exposes holes in vaccine coverage" (Baltimore Sun - January 31, 2015)

Measles was nearly eliminated across the country nearly 15 years ago, an immunization victory over a highly contagious respiratory virus that once injured thousands and killed hundreds every year. Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's new health commissioner, criticized a movement by some parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, citing concerns of possible side effects.  Read more here.

"As the toll of heroin rises in Baltimore, so does the cost of a life-saving drug" (Baltimore Business Journal - January 30, 2015)

An overdose-reversing drug that is a linchpin in Baltimore's plan to combat heroin overdose deaths has more than doubled in price over the past year, causing health leaders to worry their efforts to control a public health crisis could be derailed. "There are very few diseases for which there is a complete cure that can stop death," said Dr. Leana Wen, the city's newly minted health commissioner. Read more here.

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