The mission of the Office of Animal Control is to enforce city and state codes, rules, and regulations and to investigate animal neglect and cruelty cases for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of Baltimore’s human and animal residents.
The Baltimore City Health Department Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) is committed to preparing Baltimore City for public health emergencies such as large-scale disease outbreaks, bioterror events and other emergencies with an impact on the health of the community.
The Bureau of Environmental Health is comprised of two programs: Environmental Inspection Services and Animal Services. The Bureau uses regulatory and educational tools to minimize environmental health hazards and to ensure that the health standards set forth in city statutes, regulations and ordinances are met. Environmental Inspection Services performs inspections of retail food establishments, school cafeterias, swimming pools and other facilities and conducts investigations into environmental complaints.
The Baltimore City Health Department offers and oversees services for: sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, family planning, maternal and infant health, immunizations, asthma, senior care, cancer screening, and lead poisoning prevention services, among others.
Where we live, work and play are significant factors that impact our health. The Baltimore City Health Department is committed to working with communities, health care professionals, and other organizations and stakeholders to improve Baltimore’s neighborhoods through a Health in All Policies approach.
The ACD Program’s mission is to reduce the incidence of acute communicable disease (other than TB, STDs, and HIV/AIDs) in Baltimore City through prevention, surveillance, investigation, and control of disease and outbreaks occurrences.
In order to protect the health and well-being of Baltimore City residents, the Baltimore City Health Department works closely with many health systems and providers in the City to improve access and quality of care. Learn about some of our partnerships, programs, and resources for providers below.
The Baltimore City Health Department has been awarded a $4.3M grant from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI) over five years to design, implement, and evaluate a city-wide Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model that will both address beneficiaries’ health-related social needs as well as drive stakeholder alignment with social needs resources. Click here to learn more.
The Baltimore City Health Department convenes the Emergency Chairs and Directors quarterly. Previous areas of discussions include discharge policies, opioid intervention programs in the Emergency Departments.Click hereto learn more.
The High Utilizer Task Force (HUTF) is a workgroup comprised of social service and health care providers. The group is focused on strategies to support the most vulnerable patients, whose unmet social, complex medical, behavioral health, or environmental needs contribute to repetitive, avoidable use of acute health services. Click here to learn more.