In Baltimore City Tuberculosis cases decline to lowest...

City/County Digest

January 25, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Tuberculosis cases decline to lowest level in 20 years

The tuberculosis caseload in the city fell to its lowest level in two decades last year, the Baltimore Health Department said yesterday.

Doctors reported 75 cases of the respiratory disease -- down from 84 cases in 1998 and 92 cases in 1997. Cases have declined steeply since 1980, when 274 were reported.

Dr. Peter Beilenson, city health commissioner, said Baltimore once had one of the highest TB rates in the nation but now has one of the lowest. He credits public health programs that have remained in force throughout the AIDS epidemic, which sparked an increase in TB cases elsewhere.

Foundation awards grant to Health Department

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded the Baltimore City Health Department a $150,000 grant to expand health-care services to the uninsured in Sandtown-Winchester, East Baltimore and Park Heights -- areas marked by high rates of poverty, unemployment and significant health problems.

Under the grant, officials will work with neighborhood organizations to determine the health-care needs of the uninsured and which services are available, and devise new strategies to serve them. A plan to finance and manage health care will be developed.

Twenty cities were selected from 100 applicants. The project is the foundation's effort to put communities in charge of addressing their health-care problems.

Frequent-flyer miles sought to fulfill patient's request

The Dream Foundation, a nonprofit charity working to make the dying wishes of terminally ill people come true, is requesting donations of frequent-flyer miles to send a 33-year-old Baltimore cancer patient and his family to Disney World in Florida next month.

The group is seeking frequent-flyer miles from United Airlines and Northwest Airlines passengers. Anyone wishing to help should call Linda Martin at 805-564-2131.

In Baltimore County

Police issue arrest warrant for man in house burglary

TOWSON -- Police are looking for a man wanted for one burglary and suspected in several others in the western section of the county.

Police have obtained a warrant for Chawn Rodney "Redman" Harris, 26, of no known address. He is charged with first-degree burglary in the theft of more than $26,000 worth of property last month from a home in the 3600 block of Bellmore Road in the Milford Mill area, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198.

Forum to eye boundaries for new school set Feb. 1

WOODLAWN -- A community forum to solicit suggestions from residents of the Woodlawn area on establishing attendance boundaries for Dogwood Elementary School will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the cafeteria at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive.

Dogwood Elementary is scheduled to open in the fall. School officials hope the forum will allow more residents to participate in the process.

All comments will be considered by a committee of educators and parents, which will make a final recommendation to the Baltimore County Board of Education.

Grants available for efforts to prevent substance abuse

TOWSON -- The county Department of Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse is accepting applications for substance-abuse prevention grants of up to $2,000.

Applicants are encouraged to develop creative programs. Possible projects include recreation activities for youngsters, parent-training classes and community awareness efforts.

The bureau has $25,000 in state funds to distribute. Applications can be obtained by calling 410-887-3828. The deadline for completed applications is Feb. 26.

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