Druid Health Center Closed - Wednesday, April 29

The Druid Health Center will be closed on Wednesday, April 29.  Clinical services will be available at the Eastern Health Center, 620 N. Caroline Street.

"City Neighborhoods Where Life Expectancy Is Lowest" (New York Times)

Life expectancy is the ultimate measure of a neighborhood’s well-being, and many of the map’s bright red splotches designating the lowest rates in the city line up neatly with the places where Monday night’s violence occurred. “Health equity is a civil rights issue,” Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner, said in an interview. “We’re often told we grow up in the land of two Baltimores. Life expectancy differs by 20 years, depending on which city block you happen to be born in.”

Operational Changes for Tuesday, April 28

The Baltimore City Health Department is making several operational changes today.

• WIC sites will close at 12 pm.
• All Senior Centers will be closed today. 
• Druid Health Center is closed. Eastern Health Center will close at noon (12pm) today.
• Field Health Services will be providing only life-sustaining medical transports such as chemotherapy and dialysis.

The safety and welfare of our staff, clients and the greater Baltimore community are of the utmost importance to us. Please stay safe.

Community Discussion with Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen

Union Baptist Church
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and a panel of Health Department staff will engage with the community in a discussion about health related issues. This event is part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's "Connections In The Community" program.

"Mayor and Health Commissioner Holding Second Community Forum For Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce"

This week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will be holding the second community forum for the Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce.  This is the second of two community meetings to hear from community stakeholders regarding overdose issues. The meeting will be held April 23 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at East Baltimore Development Inc., 1731 E. Chase Street and is open to the public.   The meeting will include community conversation around three issues: Preventing fatal heroin overdoses; increasing access to quality treatment; and improving neighborhood compatibility.  See the attached press release for additional information.

"Safe Streets: Baltimore's Secret Crime Fighting Weapon" (The Real News) April 15, 2015

Baltimore's reputation as one of the country's most violent cities has been difficult to change. Which is why city leaders have started turning to programs like Safe Streets, an alternative approach to reducing violence.

Health Department PSA On Measles

Just released - watch our PSA where Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen reminds Baltimoreans of the importance for vaccinating children against measles to protect families and communities! This is a great partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Big Cities Health Coalition!

"Tackling The Heroin Crisis In Baltimore" (WMAR) April 1, 2015

Drug and alcohol abuse in Baltimore is a very real issue.  Last year more people died from overdoses then murder in the Charm City.  Heroin is to blame for 143 of those lost lives. "Heroin literally affects every single part of our city,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.  “It's estimated that we have about 19,000 people in our city who are using heroin."

"#Bmorehealthyselfie Social Media Campaign Launched" (WMAR ABC2)

The Baltimore City Health Department launched a new social media campaign #BmoreHealthySelfie Tuesday…

Community Forum in Northwest For Mayor's Heroin Treatment and Prevention Taskforce

6:00pm to 7:30pm

In October 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake convened the Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force to address the critical problem of opioid addiction in Baltimore. The goal of the task force was to study the problem of heroin addiction and propose solutions for improving access to effective treatment and neighborhood compatibility, with findings to be presented in July 2015. 

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Dr. Wen will be holding two community meetings to present the draft progress report to Baltimore residents and stakeholders. The first community meeting will be held on April 1, 2015 in the West/Northwest section of the City, and the second will be held in the East/Southeast section (time and date TBD).  

Please see the details below for the first meeting:

April 1st 2015 6-7:30pm
Gaudenzia Treatment Center
3643 Woodland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215

Open to the public. Please RSVP by contacting Cassandra Stewart 443-984-3996.

For more information, see the press release here.