Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Welcome to Take Care, B'more!

Welcome to Take Care, B’more! I’m Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Commissioner of Health for the Baltimore City Health Department. I have been on the job for about six months, and glad to say that I hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since.  During this time I have had the opportunity to meet many of our community partners and learn from them about the challenges and opportunities facing Baltimore City.  I am heartened by the energy of the city and look forward to strengthening existing partnerships and creating new ones as the health department moves forward in our work – helping Baltimoreans live healthier lives! 

I look forward to using this space to update you on the Department’s priorities and our efforts to make healthy options the default option across the city. I will also be highlighting the work our employees do every day to promote the health of Baltimore residents. 

One of my goals is to bring greater transparency to government, and I hope this blog provides a clearer view of what the Health Department is working on and where we are heading. I’d like this to be a two-way dialogue, and I look forward to reading your comments. What topics would you most like to discuss? Together, we can make Baltimore a healthier place to live, work, and play.

If you are interested in learning more about the Baltimore City Health Department, please visit our Website, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. I also encourage you also to sign up to receive important e-mail or text message health alerts from the department.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Dr. Barbot,

    My name is Karen Donaldson and I serve as the Medical Director of School Health Sevices for Baltimore Medical System (BMS); we contract with the BCHD and always strive to do our best to take care of our patients. It is exciting to have a Health Commissioner who is familiar with School Health Services.Welcome to Baltimore! There are extensive health issues in our schools from Asthma to STI's, and Obesity to name a few. This month is School-Based Health Center Awareness Month and we hope you can join us on February 23rd from 10A-10:45A to tour our health center and learn more about BMS. I went through the proper channels to invite you but, also wanted to contact you. A formal letter has been sent. Looking foward to a great year and continued support frorm the BCHD.

    Karen Donaldson,MD