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The inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit brought together innovators, policymakers and change agents from across the country who are creatively tackling some of the nation's most pressing challenges in addiction and overdose, the environment, obesity and the food system, adolescent health, and violence.

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By the Numbers

2 Days Nov. 29-30 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.
400+ Attendees from Across the Country
60+ Speakers & Panelists over Two Days
12 Custom Videos Chronicling Issues
300,000 Impressions of the Summit on Social Media
30,000+ Views of the Livestream
55 Global, National and Regional Media Outlets Ran Stories
$50M Announcement: Gift by Bloomberg Philanthropies to Combat Opioid Epidemic


Like the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, the Summit focused on five critical challenges facing public health in the United States. As gains in life expectancy eroded for the third straight year — there are now more than 40 nations in the world with higher life expectancies than the U.S. — innovative thinking and focused problem solving are more essential than ever...


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“Unless we act now, the toll will grow heavier and heavier.” - Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies; World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases


Dive into the amazing conversations sparked by the Summit's discussion panels.

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“I do this work because I believe people who use drugs deserve dignity and respect.”

- Haven Wheelock, Bloomberg Fellow
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“I'm passionate and committed to working in and with communities toward a healthier, safer, happier and more just Philadelphia.”

- Kelli McIntyre, Bloomberg Fellow
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“We give them a hand so they can thrive, despite the many challenges their families face.”

- Mónica Guerrero Vázquez, Bloomberg Fellow
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“With the help of the Initiative, I'm now able to help communities improve their nutrition and food security.”

- Mila Neyra, Bloomberg Fellow
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“We don't need to be a country that is defined by violence, and defined by the inevitability of violence.”

- Josh Peterson, Bloomberg Fellow
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“This is public health. Where one small intervention can change the trajectory of people's lives.”

- Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood


Five actions in five years

Experts at our Summit pointed to ways that federal and state lawmakers can have an impact on the most pressing challenges to American public health. Here are actions policymakers can take in the next five years to help Americans live longer, healthier lives.

5 Actions in 5 Years on the Opioid Crisis

5 Actions in 5 Years on Environmental Health

5 Actions in Five Years on Food Policy

5 Actions in 5 Years on At-Risk Adolescents

5 Actions in 5 Years on Violence


More than 90 fellows and their collaborating organizations from across the country participated in the two-day summit.

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View the Livestream recording of the event