Peter Beilenson Discusses New Book “Tapping Into The Wire” at The Ivy Bookshop

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Howard County Health Officer Peter Beilenson will discuss his new book, Tapping Into The Wire, October 3 at 6:30 at the Ivy Bookshop. The book looks at city issues through the lens of the acclaimed television show The Wire, and offers public policy solutions to real-world urban problems.

“I teach “Baltimore and The Wire” [at JHU], in which we use episodes to highlight major urban issues, to discuss why they arise, and discuss potential solutions. I’ve learned over time that you need a four-legged stool to make a community successful.  Those legs are access to healthcare and healthful foods, good education, decent housing, and livable wage jobs preferable in the neighborhood. It’s got to be public health writ large,” Beilenson told the Baltimore Fishbowl last month in an interview.

Beilenson’s career in public service spans decades. He  served from 1992 – 2005  as the Baltimore health commissioner. He has also run for public office and has served in a variety of roles to form public health policy in Maryland. He is currently the Howard County health officer and he teaches at Hopkins.

Join Peter Beilenson October 3 at 6:30 at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road or learn more at the Ivy Bookshop website.


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