Local health administration preceded the organization of a State health department by nearly a century, when, in 1793, Baltimore City established a health office to stop an epidemic of yellow fever.
Today, under direction of the Commissioner of Health, the Baltimore City Department of Health provides public health services and administers and enforces State and local health laws and regulations within Baltimore City. Programs meet the public health needs of the community and provide services not offered by the private sector (City Charter, Art. VII, secs. 54-56).
Appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval, the Commissioner of Health heads the Department.
CHILD FATALITY REVIEW TEAM
The Child Fatality Review Team seeks to develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of child death in Baltimore City. The Team develops plans for and recommends changes within the agencies represented on the Team to prevent child deaths; and promotes compensation and coordination among agencies involved in investigations of child deaths, or in providing services to surviving family members. The Team also advises the State Child Fatality Review Team on changes to law, policy, or practice to prevent child deaths (Chapters 355 & 356, Acts of 1999; Code Health-General Article, secs. 5-705 through 5-709).
DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE COUNCIL
The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council was authorized in 2004 (Chapters 237 & 238, Acts of 2004; Code Health-General Article, sec. 8-1001). The Council develops, submits to the Governor, and implements plans and strategies with which to evaluate, prevent, and treat alcohol and drug abuse in Baltimore City.
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August 8, 2013
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