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June 12, 2013
The Maryland State Department of Aging in coordination with the Baltimore City Health Department, Office of Aging & CARE Services will be holding a conference on Elder Abuse, Preventing and Protecting Our Elders and Vulnerable Adultson June 12, 2013 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Waxter Senior Center. Click here to register online.
Friday, May 17th- No Dental Services- Providers will be attending an all day training seminar.
Activate Your Inner Citizen: A conversation on how citizens can improve the health of our communities -- On Wednesday, May 1st, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, in partnership with BCHD, will host a discussion exploring the elements of a Healthy Baltimore. Moderated by WBAL’s Jayne Miller, the conversation will span topics including Housing Choice, Food Accessibility, Alcohol Outlet Density, and Transit Access -- with panelists from HUD, Center for a Livable Future, ArchPlan as well as other city leaders and elected officials. The event will begin at 6:30pm (Doors open 5:30pm) and will take place at War Memorial Hall, 101 N Gay St, Baltimore, MD 21202. Click here for details.
White House Office of National AIDS Policy to Host Meeting With Baltimore Stakeholders on Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy -- On Monday, April 29, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will visit Baltimore to host one of a series of regional meetings on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The purpose of these meetings is to better understand local and state level efforts as it relates to the implementation of the NHAS, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The goal is to engage key stakeholders about ongoing challenges and successes of NHAS/ACA implementation. Baltimore City Health officials will join local and regional partners for the meeting, to take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at The Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum. The meeting is free, and open to the public. However, pre-registration is required. To RSVP, please visit: https://www.cmpinc.net/onap.
BCHD Partners With Hollaback! Bmore to Address Street Harassment -- The Baltimore City Health Department is partnering with Hollaback! Bmore to ensure that street harassment and gender-based violence are part of the agency's overall approach to reducing violence in Baltimore City. According to the CDC “non-contact unwanted sexual experiences,” including street harassment, are the most prevalent form of sexual violence for both men and women in the United States. Internationally, studies show that between 70-99% of women experience street harassment at some point during their lives. Visit www.ihollaback.org for more information, including how to help friends and family who share stories of street harassment and strategies for intervening when you witness street harassment -- even ways to disengage when you're being harassed yourself.
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, health care professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.Below are several resources The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided that contain additional information regarding the importance of having your child vaccianted.
The Immunization Baby Book A four-minute animated video shares the first two years of Parker's life and the important role vaccines play in keeping him healthy and happy. Parents can learn what vaccines their child needs, when they are needed and why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule by flipping through Parker's baby book.
Animated PSA's - These videos emphasize how parents can protect their children from serious diseases.
Print campaigns -English and Spanish-language print ads can be dropped into your and your partners' newsletters or placed in community newspapers.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Host Baltimore’s First-Ever Summit on Violence Reduction -- On Thursday, April 11, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will host Baltimore’s first Mayor’s Summit on Violence Reduction. Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andres Alonso will lead the day-long program. The Summit will be held at the Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road in Baltimore and is intended to highlight the importance of employing a multi-dimensional public health approach to reducing violence and expose stakeholders to cutting-edge approaches within the spectrum of prevention. Dr. Howard Spivak, Director of the Centers for Disease Control Division of Violence Prevention, will deliver the keynote address. The Mayor announced plans for the Summit at the Youth Violence Prevention Week press conference held on March 18, 2013.
The Baltimore City Health Department is now accepting letters of intent from entities wishing to apply as providers of Title X supported reproductive health goods and/or services. Possible applicants include public or non-profit entities -- such as community-based organizations, service organizations, outpatient programs of non-profit hospitals, community health centers, migrant health centers, drug treatment agencies, family planning and prenatal care clinics, and homeless health centers -- that provide reproductive health services to uninsured or underinsured men and women in Baltimore City. Letters of intent must be received by 11:00 AM on Friday, April 12. An optional technical support session will be held at 9:00 am on Friday, April 12, 2013. Those interested should RSVP to Cathy Watson at 410-396-0186.
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day! -- Baltimore City Hall will be bathed in blue lights during the month of April, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins the Kennedy Krieger Institute to recognize the millions of families facing the challenges of autism. At 7:15 p.m. on April 2, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue – shining a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting as many as 1 in 88 children in the U.S. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign, launched by the advocacy group Autism Speaks, to have hundreds of iconic landmarks and other notable buildings turn their lights blue in April.
It's Time for Baltimore's Annual Citizen Survey -- The annual Baltimore Citizen Survey aims to identify trends in behavior and attitudes regarding quality of life indicators and City services. Survey results will be used to inform and enhance program planning and policy development across all City agencies, to create more focused, responsive, and efficient government services. The online survey will be open between April 1st and June 1st. We want to hear from you!
Today Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake welcomed the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) as she hosted the fourth in a series of regional meetings on the implementation of National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The meeting took place at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave, in Northwest Baltimore, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Press Release
Annual Health Rankings Show Baltimore City’s Progress on Teen Births, Obesity, Premature Death The health of Baltimore City residents has improved in several key areas, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Rates of premature death, babies with low birth weight and teen births continued a three year decline in 2012, signaling steady progress toward the goals put forth in Healthy Baltimore 2015, the City’s comprehensive health policy agenda. In addition, the percentage of adults who smoke has dropped to 25 percent from last year’s rate of 27 percent and adult obesity declined to 31 percent. The Rankings are available at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org. Press Release
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]