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Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
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Healthwatch is our monthly series of conversations with Dr. Leana Wen, the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, about current and emerging issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents.

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.

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Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom in the studio for our monthly Healthwatch conversation. Dr. Wen discusses how to stay safe during our dangerous Code Red heat-alert conditions. The Health Commissioner also talks about the continuing efforts to keep the Zika virus from spreading in Maryland, about the serious opioid overdose epidemic in Baltimore, and the informational website DontDie.org  that the city recently launched, which shows you how to administer Naloxone, a drug that can save a person from a potentially fatal opioid overdose.

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Dr. Leana Wen is Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, and she joins us here on Maryland Morning each month for our Healthwatch segment -- conversations about issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents.

In today's program, Dr. Wen talks with Tom about the national epidemic of gun violence, much of it involving young people, and why her campaign to combat this scourge has become such an urgent public health challenge. Dr. Wen made a similar case in her presentation at last month's 5th National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, held here in Baltimore. 

Dr. Wen  laments US Congressional failure in recent legislation to increase funding for opioid addiction treatment programs.  She also describes the steps the city is taking to protect against the Zika virus.

And with temperatures in Baltimore soaring into the 90s this week, Dr. Wen has some important advice for staying safe during the heat wave.  

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Dr. Leana Wen is Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, and she joins us here on Maryland Morning each month for our Healthwatch segment -- conversations about issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents.

In today's program, Dr. Wen talks with Tom about her continuing campaign against opioid painkiller abuse, and her participation  last week with other Baltimore community leaders in a White House meeting on the city's social and economic resurgence.

And Dr. Wen talks with Tom about the obesity threat posed by sugary drinks, and her support for pending City Council legislation requiring warning signs to be posted wherever sugar-sweetened beverages are sold. For more information about the proposal to require warnings about sugary drinks, click here.

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For our regular Healthwatch series Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s Health Commissioner, joins us in-studio to discuss issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents. 

This month she joins Tom to discuss the Vision for Baltimore program that provides free on-site vision testing and prescription eyeglasses to all city school students from elementary to middle school. Dr. Wen also shares the city's plan to prepare for a potential rise in Zika virus rates this summer.

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We begin this morning with Dr. Leana Wen. She is Baltimore’s Health Commissioner, and a regular guest on our program for a series we call Healthwatch. Dr. Wen joins us here in the studio once a month to talk about issues affecting the health and well-being of Charm City residents…and she’s just back from the National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, where on Tuesday she joined President Obama and a panel of experts for a discussion of the nation’s, and Baltimore’s, epidemic of opioid drug abuse.

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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.

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