Press Releases

Baltimore City Successfully Completes the Billion Step Challenge

BALTIMORE, MD (October 10, 2018)—This week, the initiative tracked more than one billion steps by City residents. The project, which was part of BCHD’s strategic blueprint Healthy Baltimore 2020, included partnerships with other city agencies, corporate entities and community organizations that hosted events to promote physical activity.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Responds to Passing of Opioids Package

Baltimore, Maryland Yesterday, Congress passed legislation focused on fighting the opioid epidemic. Included in the package are provisions that provide federal support to innovative programs ranging from stabilization centers to peer support services.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner and Director of Department of General Services Host Naloxone Training for City Employees

BALTIMORE, MD (September 18, 2018) —Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined Baltimore City Department of General Services (DGS) Director Steve Sharkey to host a naloxone training for Baltimore City Employees at the War Memorial Building. 

Statement from Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen:

BALTIMORE, MD (September 12, 2018) – Nearly four years ago, I was given the profound honor and privilege of serving as the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Every day since then, I’ve served with the most dedicated public servants I’ve ever known, joined in a common mission to combat disparities and improve health and well-being in Baltimore. 

Leana Wen

Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday

BALTIMORE, MD (September 4, 2018) – With continued high temperatures in the Baltimore region and a heat index expected to reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday and Thursday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday, September 6.

Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Labor Day and Tuesday

BALTIMORE, MD (September 2, 2018) – With high temperatures in the Baltimore region this Labor Day and a heat index expected to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit Monday and Tuesday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for tomorrow, Monday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 4. 

Congressman Elijah Cummings, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Dr. Leana Wen Commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day

BALTIMORE, MD (August 31, 2018) —Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen, and community leaders observed International Overdose Awareness Day at Baltimore City Hall. 

Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday

BALTIMORE, MD (August 29, 2018) – With continued high temperatures in the Baltimore region and a  heat index expected to be over 101 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday. August 30. 

Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Tuesday and Wednesday

BALTIMORE, MD (August 27, 2018) – With a heat index expected to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit both Tuesday and Wednesday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29. 

Health Department Issues Response to Today's Baltimore City Biennial Performance Audit

BALTIMORE, MD (August 22, 2018) - Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, issued the following statement about the Baltimore City Biennial Performance Audit released to the Board of Estimates today.

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