Dr. Donald Schwarz

(Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's health commissioner.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Two Respected Commissioners Departing Nutter Administration

Dr. Donald Schwarz (photo) served as health commissioner and Anne Marie Ambrose was the commissioner of human services.


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Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Toward Crackdown on ‘Pill Mills’

A City Council committee has approved a bill that gives new powers to the city’s health department to identify and shut down operations that dispense prescription drugs without medical necessity.


Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz testified in favor of a citywide ban on e-cigarettes in public places.   Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Ban of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.


(A slide illustrates the University of Pennsylvania's dermatology app.  Image provided by U. of P. via City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Examine The Future of Internet-Delivered Doctoring

Having a doctor’s appointment over the Internet, via Skype or similar services, may be more common in a few years, according to local health care experts who testified today at a City Council hearing on the future of telemedicine.


(Supporters of mandatory paid sick leave demonstrate outside Philadelphia City Council chambers prior to a hearing on the proposed measure.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Push Paid-Sick-Leave Measure Forward Again

After a day-long hearing, a Philadelphia City Council committee hasapproved a bill that forces local businesses to offer workers paid sick leave.


(Dr. Donald Schwartz, Philadelphia health commissioner, announces help for smokers during the 37th annual "Great American Smokeout."  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Phila. Health Commissioner Announces New Incentives For Smokers Trying To Quit

While many people try to stop smoking cold turkey, Dr. Donald Schwartz says, your likelihood of quitting for good increases when you have support.


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Southeastern Pa. Counties Join To Battle Corbett’s Planned Budget Cuts

At issue at the Philadelphia City Council hearing was the governor’s plan to consolidate social service funding into “block grants” while shrinking the level of funding by about 20 percent.


File Photo: Dr. Donald Schwarz, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for health and opportunity.  (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Warn State Cuts Will Decimate Mental Health Services Here

Dr. Donald Schwarz says he has “not seen anything like this before.”


(The rally promoting hepatitis B vaccination took place in the concourse level of Dilworth Plaza, adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall.  Photos by John McDevitt)

‘Superheroes’ Rally In Philadelphia To Fight Hepatitis B

About 100 people rallied outside Philadelphia City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, becoming “superheroes for a day” in the fight against hepatitis B.


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Winner Of Package Design For ‘Philadelphia Condom’ Announced

“The winner is Michael Bodenberger with the Freedom Condom design,” said Mayor Michael Nutter at a City Hall ceremony.


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$250 Prize For Designing Philly Specific Condom Wrapper

The Philadelphia Health Department is holding a design contest to draw awareness to the importance of condom use.


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Philly Boosts Anti-Smoking Efforts

If you are trying to quit smoking then this is your lucky day.



Philadelphia City Council Committee Gets Update On AIDS In City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia health officials testified today that HIV and AIDS remain pervasive problems in the city, particularly among lower income families. City Council looked at the issue today, and the committee hearing included […]