Chronic Disease Prevention

The City of Baltimore is burdened by asthma. According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,  12.4 % of Baltimore City adults currently have asthma, compared to 8.4% statewide and 8.6 % nationally. 

Baltimore City Cancer and Health Equity Coalition (BCCHEC)



Odds are you know at least one person with diabetes and the chances that you know one of the 86 million Americans with prediabetes is even greater. The thing is, only 9 million of the 86 million people with prediabets know they have it.  15% to 30% of those people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented if caught in the stage of prediabtes. By developing and  maintaining  healthy lifestyle changes prediabets can be reversed. 

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, primarily affecting multiple countries in West Africa.  Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is considered by experts to be very low, CDC and partners are actively taking precautions to prevent this from happening.

Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, was first discovered in 1962 in California. Until recently, it has only been tied to smaller clusters of disease around the United States.  But as of mid-September, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 220 cases of EV-D68 in more than 30 states, including Maryland. 

Baltimore City Health Department has several initiatives to reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, and diabetes among Baltimore City minority residents through increased access to health information, cardiovascular screening, and referrals to care.

The Baltimore City Health Department’s (BCHD) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to reduce lead poisoning in the City of Baltimore through primary prevention, lead testing, home visits and case management, advocacy, and aggressive enforcement of the city’s lead laws.

Behavioral Health System Baltimore is the area's leading expert and resource on behavioral health and wellness,

The Baltimore City Health Department provides smoking cessation services, community education, school-based projects, and enforcement of retailer compliance with tobacco control ordinances. 

The Tuberculosis Control Program provides free services for clients with suspected or confirmed tuberculosis (TB) disease. All confirmed TB cases in Baltimore City are referred to the TB program for treatment. 

Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are mainly the result of a Western diet and lifestyle.  Why?

BCHD is launching the Billion Steps Challenge as part of the Healthy Baltimore initiative starting in July 2017 until October 2018. BCHD, business partners, and community-based organizations will launch a citywide wellness challenge to encourage all residents and employees in Baltimore City to get active. The Healthy Baltimore Initiative focuses on the three pillars of health: mindfulness, movement, and nourishment.