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4/16/2014 Baltimore City residents can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs as part of The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Unwanted medications should be brought for disposal to collections sites throughout Baltimore City on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information, see these flyers in English and Spanish.

4/1/2014 National Youth Violence Prevention Week is April 7th – 13th, 2014. During this week, activities and events will be held nationwide to spotlight the issue of youth violence, to identify strategies to combat this epidemic, and to promote the positive role youth may have in making their communities and schools safer. This year's theme is Victory Over Violence. Please see this Calendar of Events for NYVPW activities.

4/1/2014 Baltimore leaders say passage Monday evening by the General Assembly of legislation permitting needs-based exchange of syringes will go a long way toward ensuring the continued success of the city’s highly successful syringe exchange program. This bill was a top legislative priority for the Mayor and Health Department during the 2014 General Assembly session. “This is a significant moment in the continued effort to reduce our HIV rates, which is one of the goals of the city’s Healthy Baltimore 2015 initiative, and will also help reduce Hepatitis C rates,” said Oxiris Barbot, M.D., Commissioner of Health. For additional information, please see the news release.

3/25/2014 Steady progress has been noted in the health of Baltimore City residents in certain key indicators, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. “We’ve made strides as a city to improve the health of our residents, and this report shows that we’re moving in the right direction in many categories,” said Commissioner of Health Oxiris Barbot, M.D. Please see the news release here.

3/20/2014 The Baltimore City Health Department is seeking a consultant to provide advice on the feasibility and process for billing Medicaid, Medicare, and third party payors for services rendered in its community clinics. All interested parties are encouraged to review the RFP and submit a proposal to William Woodcock, BCHD Director of Business Operations by March 28, 2014. Please contact Mr. Woodcock at William.Woodcock@baltimorecity.gov. Click here for the RFP.

March 14, 2014

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus and can lead to liver cancer and death. It is most common amongst baby boomers (individuals born between 1945-1965). Millions of Americans don’t exhibit any symptoms and do not know they are infected, but individuals can now benefit from simple and effective treatment. Through initiatives such as hepatitis C testing at our senior centers, Baltimore City is expanding access to testing and linkage to treatment for those infected with Hepatitis C. Please see the attached flyer for more information on the Hepatitis C testing events in May.

March 12, 2014

Enjoy the March 2014 issue of the Advocate Newsletter and learn information on all things Long-Term Care. This issue explores the importance of care plan meetings which are intended to enhance and maintain the health status of nursing home residents; as well as an interesting overview of the no wrong door approach to MAP service delivery. Relax & enjoy this issue and look forward to our Older Americans Month issue in April spotlighting free Hepatitis C testing for baby boomers who have the highest rates of Hepatitis C. Click here for the newsletter.

March 12, 2014

With a predicted low wind chill of 10 degrees and a wind advisory in effect tonight through Thursday morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. has declared a Code Blue in Baltimore for between 6 pm today and 11 am tomorrow. Wind speeds are expected to be between 20 and 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. This will be the 34th Code Blue day of the season. “It will feel especially cold after the relatively mild temperatures we have been experiencing during the past few days,” Dr. Barbot said. “We want to remind everyone that winter is still here and these low wind chills can create dangerous conditions for anyone outside for an extended period of time.” Please see the press release for additional information.

March 7, 2014

Obesity plays a role in many chronic diseases plaguing our residents today – including cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Baltimore City. Over one-third of Baltimore City residents have been classified as obese by a healthcare provider. Among the goals identified in Healthy Baltimore 2015, the city’s health policy agenda, is to decrease the percent of adults who are obese by 15 percent and to redesign communities to prevent obesity. The attached PDF offers comprehensive information on how the Baltimore City Health Department is working collaboratively with partners across various sectors of the city to combat the problem of obesity.

February 24, 2014

A $750,000 three-year state grant awarded this month will enable the Baltimore City Health Department to expand efforts at reducing childhood obesity by launching a Baltimarket Healthy Stores program addressing food inequities for residents living in food deserts. Baltimarket Healthy Stores will reach 12,100 people during the three year period by supporting 18 corner stores in successfully stocking healthier items, organizing 75 youth as Neighborhood Food Advocates to assist with corner store transformations, and conducting nutrition education and environmental interventions within three grocery stores. See the news release for more information.

February 19, 2014

The Health Department’s Office of Aging and Care Services, in partnership with the Morgan State University School of Social Work, is sponsoring the 2014 “Self-Care Ignites Loving Care” caregiver conference at Morgan State University on May 22. Approximately 450 people including caregivers and professionals who work with caregivers are expected to attend. If you are taking care of a loved one, please plan to join us to learn valuable information. Click here for additional information.

February 13, 2014

As a major snowstorm is hitting Baltimore City and wind chills are predicted to be in the teens during the next several days, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. has extended the Code Blue in Baltimore through Sunday, February 16. Sunday will be the 26th declared Code Blue day of the season. Please see the attached news release here.

February 10, 2014

With predicted wind chills in the teens and single digits during the next three days, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. has declared a Code Blue in Baltimore for today through Wednesday. These will be the 20th, 21st and 22nd Code Blue days of the season. Please see the news release for additional information.

January 27, 2014

With forecasted low temperatures and wind chills continuing to range between the single digits and low 20s, today Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. extended the Code Blue weather alert until Thursday, January 30. Baltimore City has been under a Code Blue declaration continuously since January 21 and Thursday will be the 19th declared Code Blue day this winter season. Please see the attached news release for additonal information.

January 24, 2014

Community Resources 2014 – Guiding Your Path to Resources in the Region is a Baltimore City/Baltimore County Regional Resource Directory. This publication is a comprehensive listing of agencies and organizations to educate consumers about resources and benefits they may be eligible for and other important service options. The listing includes public, private and non-profit organizations, and health and social programs that serve older adults, baby boomers, families, caregivers, persons with disabilities and professionals. Special added features in the directory include hotlines, websites and financial eligibility guidelines. You can obtain a copy at your nearest Senior Center, download the PDF document here or contact Baltimore City Maryland Access Point at 410-396-2273.

January 23, 2014

With forecasted low temperatures continuing at 20 degrees or below through Sunday, lows for next Monday and Tuesday in the single digits, and wind chills expected to also be in the single digits, today Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. extended the Code Blue weather alert until Tuesday, January 28. Tuesday will be the 17th declared Code Blue day this winter season. Please see the news release for additional information

January 21, 2014

With extremely cold temperatures and wind chills expected below zero throughout the week, today Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. extended the Code Blue weather alert until Saturday, January 25. Saturday will be the 15th declared Code Blue Day this winter season. “The low temperatures combined with precipitation can accelerate the risk of hypothermia and creates dangerous conditions for anyone outside for an extended period of time,” said Dr. Barbot. Please see the attached news release for additional information.

January 21-22, 2014

With forecasted low temperatures in the single digits, predicted wind chills of five degrees below zero, and several inches of snow expected on Tuesday, the Baltimore City Health Commissioner is declaring a Code Blue cold weather alert for Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22. These will be the 10th and 11th Code Blue days of the winter season. “The low temperatures we are expecting on Tuesday and Wednesday, combined with the snow we are expecting, will potentially cause dangerous outdoor conditions,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. Please see the attached news release here for more information and also BCHD’s Code Blue resources here.

January 13, 2014

The Baltimore City Health Commissioner is in support of legislation introduced at tonight’s City Council meeting which would prohibit use of tobacco products near playgrounds, schoolyards and athletic facilities. “Areas such as playgrounds and schoolyards play an important role in providing safe spaces for physical activity and recreation and should be a safe haven from the deadly dangers of tobacco smoke,” said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Baltimore City Commissioner of Health. “Designating playgrounds, schoolyards and athletic facilities as smoke-free in Baltimore City would help protect the health of the 75 percent of city residents who don’t smoke.” Please see this press release for additional information.

January 6, 2014

With a forecasted potential for record-setting cold temperatures and the possibility of wind chills at 11 degrees below zero on Tuesday, the Baltimore City Health Department has declared a Severe Code Blue cold weather alert effective at 6 pm today, January 6, through Wednesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. This is the fourth Code Blue declaration of the winter season. Please see the news release here and the Health Department’s Code Blue resources here.

January 2, 2014

With forecasted low temperatures in the teens and a possible wind chill effect of 0 degrees on Friday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. is declaring a Code Blue cold weather alert effective at 6 pm today, January 2 and all-day tomorrow, January 3. This will be the third Code Blue declaration of the season (previous declarations were issued for December 10-13 & 15-16). Please see the news release and the Health Department Code Blue resources page for additional information.

December 12, 2013

As the winter air arrives in Baltimore, health officials are urging parents and caregivers to safely keep babies warm during the colder months of December, January and February. While Baltimore City set a record low for infant mortality in 2012, infant sleep-related deaths sometimes rise during the winter. “Several risk factors in winter months can contribute to sleep-related infant deaths,” said Commissioner of Health Oxiris Barbot, M.D. “Babies can be overheated with too many layers on or can suffocate under blankets. Additionally, this risk can be compounded by breathing impairment from greater exposure to tobacco smoke inside the home when windows are closed, or from congestion due to having colds.” Please see this news release for additional information and tips to ensure safe sleep for babies.

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The Baltimore City Health Department is the oldest, continuously operating health department in the United States. It was formed in 1793, when the governor appointed the city's first health officers in response to a yellow fever outbreak in the Fells Point neighborhood along the northwest branch of the Patapsco River. Since that time, BCHD has worked to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore residents in partnership with agencies, health care providers, community organizations, the media, and our funders. [Site Index]

 

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