Bmore Healthy Newsletter
Note From the Interim Commissioner:
Dear BCHD Community Partner,
When I stepped into the role of Deputy Commissioner for Youth Wellness and Community Health three months ago, in addition to my work in environmental health, I was looking forward to focusing on the needs of Baltimore City residents in the areas of school health, maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention and youth and trauma services. However, like much of the work we do, underlying conditions change quickly and we now find ourselves in the midst of a transition.
While the search for a new health commissioner is underway, I want to offer stability as Interim Health Commissioner by continuing to approach the needs of the Health Department as I have in the past: by supporting the work that we do every day and by maintaining the utmost gratitude and respect for not only those on the frontlines that provide valuable services, but those who provide the structure that allows us to succeed in and sustain those efforts.
We will miss Dr. Wen’s leadership and fierce advocacy, but our work doesn’t stop. It is up to each of us to press forward, as we always have, in our efforts to protect public health, to eliminate disparities, and to ensure the well-being of all Baltimoreans through advocacy, education, and quality service delivery.
These goals and priorities have not changed—we remain committed. We will continue our important work in firming external partnerships and in advocating for needed resources through the annual budget process. My goal is to lead the department through these critical efforts while adhering to our enduring vision of providing for an equitable, just, and healthy Baltimore.
To do this, I plan to work collaboratively—with our deputy commissioners, with everyone in our Department, and with our partners across the City. We have much work to do in the coming months and I believe that through our continued spirit of collaboration, we will be well-positioned to continue to meet the needs of all Baltimoreans.
Thank you in advance for your support and dedication.
Mary Beth Haller, Esq.
Interim Health Commissioner Mary Beth Haller Presents Mayor’s Citation to the JACQUES Initiative