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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.
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]