Department of Health declares hepatitis A outbreak after 171 new cases erupt

Department of Health declares hepatitis A outbreak after 171 new cases erupt

Sec. of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced on Monday afternoon that Pennsylvania will be joining 22 other states in declaring an hepatitis A outbreak. 

Since January 2018 there have been 171 cases of hepatitis A in 36 counties, with Philadelphia and Allegheny counties being hit the hardest. 

Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning

Legislators in both the House and the Senate are calling for Pennsylvania to address an issue that often flies under the radar and affects residents from inside their own homes — lead poisoning.
 
The issue gained prominence in this year’s round of Senate budget hearings, as the Wolf Administration renewed calls for universal lead testing in children in an effort to better identify and treat cases of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, called upon lawmakers to pass legislation to require lead testing for all children in the state. Wolf made the same request in 2017, but bills in both the House and Senate failed to gain enough traction to make it to his desk. 
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3!

In this week's video find out how one legislator is trying to eliminate daylight savings, take a look at what was found when it comes to Pennsylvania's efforts to combat substance abuse and doctors joined to talk on the importance of vaccinations. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Levine, doctors talk about importance of vaccinating children

Levine, doctors talk about importance of vaccinating children

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine joined a handful of doctors to speak on the importance of immunizations and vaccinations in response to yesterday's U.S Senate hearing on the topic. 

Levine and the other doctors who were at Wednesday's press gathering all agreed that it is important for parents to vaccinate their kids. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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At DHS budget hearing, senators express frustration with vital records delays

At DHS budget hearing, senators express frustration with vital records delays

In an increasingly digital world, why does it take two months for a Pennsylvania resident to obtain a copy of a birth certificate from the Division of Vital Records, and upwards of half a year to get a death certificate?

That was a question posed today by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria) at the Senate Appropriations Committee’s belated budget hearing with the Department of Human Services.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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