Cincinnati Health Department

A usually routine matter of letting the Cincinnati Health Department apply for a federal grant will likely be anything but routine this time.  

The agency wants to use the money to open two more health clinics in the city.  Right now it has five.  

Mayor John Cranley and some council members are concerned about the budget impact that will have on the city.  

  The Center for Closing the Health Gap recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of inequalities throughout our region that cause vulnerable populations in Cincinnati to have poorer health and shorter life expectancies. Closing the Health Gap Founder and President Dwight Tillery  and Executive Director Renee Mahaffey Harris talk about the campaign and initiatives to eliminate health inequalities in greater Cincinnati.

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The results of a life expectancy study recently conducted by the Cincinnati Health Department show as much as a 20 year difference in longevity among the city’s 47 neighborhood groupings. Cincinnati Health Department Commissioner Dr. Noble Maseru and Assistant Health Commissioner Dr. Camille Jones discuss the study, and what can be done to address health inequalities in our community.

If you live in Mount Lookout you're likely to live about 20 years longer than those who live in South Fairmount.  Those findings come from a Cincinnati Health Department report on life expectancy for Cincinnati's 47 neighborhood groupings which will be formally released later this morning. 

The report also shows African American men throughout the city have a life expectancy nearly ten years less than their white male counterparts.  The health department says in a release today it wants to find out why there's such a disparity. 

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The Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) is putting the public on notice that proposed budget cuts will have a direct effect on services. A meeting is scheduled for May 28 to discuss the layoff of 18 employees and what the cuts will mean.

CHD Spokesman Rocky Merz says over the last five years the department has had to eliminate more than 100 positions. The latest cuts come from a city budget proposal to cut 9% of the CHD's budget.

Fewer rat trapping and bed bug inspections

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The Cincinnati Health Department says the number of residents with bed bug infestation is down seven percent since 2009. But at least two members of the Joint Bed Bug Task Force disagree that the city is making real progress.

Ohio Representative Dale Mallory leads the task force and says he's frustrated that Cincinnati hasn't worked hard enough to get bigger decreases. He says the city is still near the top on many U.S. bed bug lists.

The Cincinnati Health Department is continuing its efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning in the city.

The Health Department presented its latest information Wednesday to Council’s Rules and Government Operations Committee.

The group heard about a recent consultant’s report to improve the program. It contains more than 30 recommendations. Dr. Camille Jones said one aspect involves the city’s law and regulations.