Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: White Paper Targets City's Health Challenges | WYPR

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: White Paper Targets City's Health Challenges

Mar 14, 2016

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen
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Beginning this month, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen joins Tom every month for a series of Maryland Morning segments we call Healthwatch:  ​conversations about issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents.

Today, Dr. Wen discusses key elements of the Health Department's new White Paper: The State of Health in Baltimore (Winter 2016), which includes persistently high rates of HIV infection among some of the city's most marginalized populations.

Ever since her appointment by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in January 2015, Dr. Wen has pursued a radically holistic vision of public health: she believes that people's health and well-being are at the root of every critical issue in modern city life, from crime and incarceration, to housing and homelessness, to addiction and education.  In the months ahead, we’ll ask the Health Commissioner to explore these links with us, and to keep us all up to date on how the city is meeting Baltimore’s unique public health challenges.