Dr. Wen will speak about public health in Baltimore, discuss some of the department’s successes, its major priorities, and the department’s role in addressing systemic social justice issues in Baltimore.
When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016; 7:30 a.m. registration and breakfast, 8:15 a.m. remarks by Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen
Where: Greater Baltimore Committee Offices, 111 S. Calvert St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202
Cost: GBC member individual: $25 | Non-member individual: $50
For information, contact Samantha Zerhusen.
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Hear from Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and patient and community advocate. She was appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to lead the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793.
BCHD is an agency with a $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees that aims to promote health and improve well-being through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.
Since her appointment in January 2015, Dr. Wen has led implementation of the citywide opioid overdose prevention and response plan, which includes “hotspotting” and street outreach teams to target individuals most at risk, training family/friends on naloxone use, and launching a new public education campaign (www.dontdie.org). In the wake of the civil unrest in April, she directed the city’s public health recovery efforts, including ensuring prescription medication access to seniors after the closure of 13 pharmacies and developing the Mental Health/Trauma Recovery Plan, with 24/7 crisis counseling and healing circles and group counseling in schools, community groups, and churches. As part of her priority focus on community engagement and communication, the BCHD team has launched B’More Heard and #BMoreHealthySelfie campaigns, B’Healthy in B’More blog, and B’More Health Talks, a biweekly town hall and podcast series on health disparities.
Read more about Dr. Wen here.
Source: Baltimore City Health Department