Bringing Together a Community of Public Health Leaders

Summit Overview

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

Haven Wheelock

Bloomberg Fellow, Outside In

I'm passionate and committed to working in and with communities toward a healthier, safer, happier and more just Philadelphia.

Kelli McIntyre

Bloomberg Fellow, Get Healthy Philly

We give a hand so they can thrive, despite the many challenges their families face.

Mónica Guerrero Vázquez

Bloomberg Fellow, Centro Sol

With the help of the Initiative, I'm now able to help communities improve their nutrition and food security.

Mila Neyra

Bloomberg Fellow, The Institute for Family Health

We don't need to be a country that is defined by violence, and defined by the inevitability of violence.

Josh Peterson

Bloomberg Fellow, Minneapolis Health Department

2018 Bloomberg American Health Summit Videos

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Environmental Challenges

Reflection Point: Returning to the Science in Environmental Health

A conversation with Tom Burke, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Gina McCarthy, Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Food Systems for Health

Building Toward Equity and Scale, More Healthy Food for All

Panel discussion featuring: Judy Woodruff; PBS NewsHour; Chris Bradshaw, Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud; Sally Sampson, Founder & President, ChopChop Family.


Mike Bloomberg Delivers Remarks at the Bloomberg American Health Summit

Mike Bloomberg delivers opening remarks at day two of the Bloomberg American Health Summit, a part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a program to tackle critical, 21st century challenges to public health in the United States.

Food Systems for Health

Food Policy of the Future

Panel discussion featuring Thomas Farley, Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner of Prevention and Primary Care, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Margo Wootan, Vice President for Nutrition, Center for Science in Public Interest.

Adolescent Health

Adolescent Health as Public Health

Panel discussion featuring: Tamar Mendelson, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission.

Addiction & Overdose

State and City Action to Achieve National Impact on Overdose

Panel discussion featuring: Michael Botticelli, Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center; Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania; Chinazo Cunningham, Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director, Rhode Island Department of Health.

Addiction & Overdose

A Winning Idea in West Virginia

Panel discussion featuring: Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the U.S.; Mayor Steve Williams, Huntington, West Virginia; Sergeant Paul Hunter, Huntington Police Dept., West Virginia.


#NeverAgain: How Student Activism is Shaping the Movement Against Gun Violence

Panel discussion featuring: John Feinblatt, President, Everytown for Gun Safety; Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT); Sari Kaufman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; Taylor King, University of Michigan; Neuteyshe Felizor, George Mason University; Jai, Patel, Rutgers University.


The Front Lines of Violence Prevention

Panel discussion featuring: Walter Isaacson, Author and Professor of History, Tulane University; Board Member, Bloomberg Philanthropies; James Timpson, Director of Youth Work and Crisis Intervention, Roca Baltimore; Mary Koss, Regents' Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; Daniel Webster, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Adolescent Health

The Impact of Trauma on Adolescents

Keynote address by Arne Duncan, Former United States Secretary of Education; Managing Partner, Emerson Collective.

Environmental Challenges

The Environment and Our Health

Keynote address by Ana V. Diez Roux, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.

Food Systems for Health

Fixing the Food System

Keynote address by Kelly Brownell, Director of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University.

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Unless we act now, the toll will grow heavier and heavier.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies
Three-term Mayor of New York City
Johns Hopkins University Class of 1964

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