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, risks to adolescent health, and violence.
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By the Numbers
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...
Dive into the amazing conversations sparked by the Summit's discussion panels.
“I do this work because I believe people who use drugs deserve dignity and respect.”- Haven Wheelock, Bloomberg Fellow
Allies in Blue: Policing Informed by Public Health
State and City Action to Achieve National Impact on Overdose
A Winning Idea in West Virginia
“I'm passionate and committed to working in and with communities toward a healthier, safer, happier and more just Philadelphia.”- Kelli McIntyre, Bloomberg Fellow
Spotlight On: The Environment and Our Health
Town Hall Discussion: Interventional Design for Healthier Outcomes
Reflection Point: Returning to the Science in Environmental Health
“We give them a hand so they can thrive, despite the many challenges their families face.”- Mónica Guerrero Vázquez, Bloomberg Fellow
“With the help of the Initiative, I'm now able to help communities improve their nutrition and food security.”- Mila Neyra, Bloomberg Fellow
Spotlight On: Fixing the Food System
In Conversation: Building Toward Equity and Scale, More Healthy Food for All
In Conversation: Food Policy of the Future
“We don't need to be a country that is defined by violence, and defined by the inevitability of violence.”- Josh Peterson, Bloomberg Fellow
In Conversation: #NeverAgain: How Student Activism is Shaping the Movement Against Gun Violence
In Conversation: The Front Lines of Violence Prevention
“This is public health. Where one small intervention can change the trajectory of people's lives.”- Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood
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.