It’s the Midday Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen, the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City. There’s good news for babies in Baltimore: the infant mortality rate fell to record low levels in 2015. And there is an effort afoot to help those healthy babies grow into healthy teenagers. We’ll look at the ways the city is implementing its new Youth Health and Wellness Strategy. Plus, the future of Obamacare: If President Elect Trump makes good on his promise to repeal and replace the ACA, what will that mean for local health departments struggling to address the needs of the uninsured, and the under-insured? Even though rates for some plans are rising, is the ACA still a good deal for some people?
Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom in the studio for an hour of conversation about important public health issues affecting the people of Baltimore, and she takes your calls, emails and tweets.