Months of reporting and rich hospital data portray life in the worst asthma hot spot in one of the worst asthma cities: Baltimore. The medical system knows how to help. But there’s no money in it.
A pilot program to asthma-proof homes in Baltimore shows that even without intensive professional cleaning services, families can learn to substantially reduce home allergens on their own.
Officials aim to bring elevated rates of lead poisoning, heart disease, obesity, smoking and overdoses among Baltimore’s African-Americans closer to those of whites.
Immigration status and low incomes are barriers to health care and health insurance for many.
Many immigrants lack access to affordable services due to lack of citizenship and legal residency.
Maryland proposes an innovative program to temporarily enroll former inmates in Medicaid with few questions asked.
Maryland’s prisons and jails release thousands of inmates each year without helping them enroll in Medicaid, jeopardizing their health and putting communities at greater risk.
CVS rebuilt a store destroyed by protesters after Freddie Gray’s death last year, but a shortage of quality pharmacies means low-income residents still have unmet needs.
Last year’s Baltimore unrest highlighted deep distrust between police and poor African-Americans. Dozens of interviews and little-seen data show a similar gap between that community and the city’s renowned health system.
The neighborhoods where people live and work often determine their health. Nowhere is that more true than in West Baltimore.
For a West Baltimore woman, buying a blood pressure cuff means hours on the road.
Staff see high rates of chronic illness and mental health issues related to trauma.
Bon Secours is dealing with patients who are sicker than those in other Baltimore hospitals.
In Sandtown, where Freddie Gray lived and the median household income is less than a quarter of Roland Park’s, the life expectancy is 70 years. That matches the average life expectancy in North Korea, an impoverished dictatorship where millions suffer from chronic undernourishment, according to the United Nations.