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.