Inspiring Progress and Building Momentum for Change
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 and 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.
I wanted to be a part of 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.
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.
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.
I applied to be a Bloomberg Fellow because I want to fight for policies that work, to give all of my neighbors an equitable chance to live a healthier life.
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2019 Bloomberg American Health Summit Videos
The Principles of Environmental Justice: Mustafa Santiago Ali of the National Wildlife Federation
Keynote address by Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation, at the 2nd annual Bloomberg American Health Summit.
Public Health Solutions to Violence
Panel discussion featuring: Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University; A.T. Mitchell, Founder and Executive Director, ManUp! Inc. New York; Sandi Timmons, Executive Director, House of Ruth Maryland; James “J.T.” Timpson, Director of Safety and Community Partnerships, Roca Baltimore.
Policing and Harm Reduction
Panel discussion featuring: Monica Bharel, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public; Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership; Allie Hunter, Executive Director, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative; Devin Reaves, Co-founder and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition.
The Practice of Environmental Justice
Panel discussion featuring: Daniel Kass, Senior Vice President, Environmental Health, Vital Strategies; Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation; Aisha Dickerson, Assistant Professor and Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Della Wright, Evaluator, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.
Bloomberg Fellow Eric Harkness on Addiction and Overdose
Bloomberg fellow Eric Harkness discusses his experience combatting addiction and overdose-related deaths in in the state of Tennessee.
The Voice of Youth in Baltimore
Panel discussion featuring: J. Nadine Gracia, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trust for America’s Health; James Gaither, HeartSmiles and Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Board; Joni Hollifield, Founder and President, HeartSmiles; Jemira Queen, HeartSmiles and Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Board. Performance by Young Elder, HeartSmiles and Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Board.
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