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Maryland’s First Seasonal Flu Cases Reported

 BALTIMORE, MD (October 19, 2012) - Seasonal influenza has officially hit in Maryland, with four confirmed cases, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced today. The first laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been diagnosed in four children in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region. One of the four was hospitalized, and all four are doing well. Three of the children had type A (H3N2) influenza, while one had type B influenza. Last season, the first confirmed case of influenza was reported on December 30, 2011.

Health Disparities Conference Highlights Maryland’s Groundbreaking Work to Improve Health Equity

 BALTIMORE, MD (Oct. 17, 2012) — Today’s ninth annual Maryland Health Disparities Conference celebrated advances in Maryland legislation that help improve health among all Marylanders and reduce health disparities as the state strives to be a national model for health equality and reform.

DHMH Recognizes National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

 BALTIMORE, MD (October 15, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) joins federal, state, and local partners around the country in the observance of October 15, 2012 as National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is Hispanics United to End AIDS.

The Maryland Health Care Commission Announces Appointment of Ben Steffen as Executive Director

 Baltimore MD (October 12, 2012) - The Maryland Health Care Commission announced the appointment of Ben Steffen as Executive Director. For the past year, Mr. Steffen has been serving as Acting Executive Director of the Commission.  In this role, he has been a spokesman for the Commission on State health care expenditures, physician work force, physician uncompensated care, and information security. In the 2012 regular session of the General Assembly, he successfully shepherded legislation that will continue the State’s regulatory oversight of primary and non-primary percutaneous coronary intervention services.

STATE SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROCEDURES FOR RECOMMENDING PHYSICIAN VISA WAIVERS

 Baltimore, MD (October 10, 2012) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) requests informal comments from the public on proposed changes to the state’s procedures for recommending candidate physicians to the U.S. Department of State for J-1 Visa Waivers.

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