Building Momentum

The 2nd annual Bloomberg American Health Summit — held November 12-13 in Baltimore, Maryland — brought together advocates, experts, and policymakers from across the country to address challenges to health in five focus areas: Addiction & Overdose, Adolescent Health, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, and Violence.

Fellows and collaborators spent two days sharing new knowledge and evidence-based practices, and forging connections that will inspire progress and build momentum for change at the local, state, and national level.

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By the Numbers

2 Days Nov. 12-13 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland
400+ Attendees from Across the Country
50+ Speakers & Panelists over Two Days
90+ Fellows and their collaborating organizations
3M Reach on social media for #BloombergHealthSummit2019


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

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“I joined the Bloomberg American Health Initiative because we need more champions across our nation and in my state to help expand access to treatment, address stigma, create innovative solutions for individuals and families, and to find ways to prevent the disease of addiction in the first place.”

- Eric Harkness, Bloomberg Fellow, Tennessee Department of Health
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“Being a part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative has empowered me to develop and lead impactful programs that promote the health and well-being of young people in the most populous county in the country.”

- Nicholas Pisca, Bloomberg Fellow, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
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“As a Bloomberg Fellow, I am learning new tools I can put to work for parents to create safe and healthy home environments for their kids.”

- Jennifer Spiller, Bloomberg Fellow, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
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“I joined the Bloomberg American Health Initiative because I want to fight for policies that work, to give all of my neighbors an equitable chance to live a healthier life.”

- Ashley Hickson, Bloomberg Fellow, American Heart Association
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“I’m part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative because I believe we can end the cycle of domestic violence and I want to gain the tools to make that happen.”

- Amanda Capitummino, Bloomberg Fellow, Sitkans Against Family Violence
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“To bring the power of public health to bear to help millions of Americans, we must mobilize evidence, enact new policy, and work towards equity.”

- Ellen J MacKenzie, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Michael R. Bloomberg

“Tackling seemingly impossible challenges is what public health is all about.”

- Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies; World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

Our Fellows took over the Bloomberg School's Instagram account to give a behind-the-scenes look at the 2019 Summit.


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

Bloomberg Fellows participated in dynamic networking and skills-building sessions, and presented collaborative projects that spanned all five of the Initiative's focus areas.

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View the livestream recording of the event