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Summit Overview

The fourth annual Bloomberg American Health Summit, held virtually November 10-11, brought together public health leaders, advocates, and allies to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed to the broader public the far-reaching and life-changing role that public health plays in our daily lives — from accessing care and delivering vaccines to expanding the availability of healthy food to developing new and equitable solutions to public safety.

Over two days, more than 2,750 viewers tuned in to hear public health experts and Bloomberg Fellows discuss how to better the nation’s health system and address inequity through collaboration and a renewed focus on community-based, data-focused, and action-oriented solutions.

The 2021 Summit received coverage by major news outlets, including Axios, Fox News, CNN, and live streams of the Summit on CNN, Fox, and PBS NewsHour. Social mentions of the summit had a potential reach of more than 3.5 million and 695.1K social media impressions were made.

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We need to ensure that a healthier future includes eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity.

Admiral Rachel Levine, MD

Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pursuing public health is pursuing justice and racial equality.

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church

Arrested Mobility is the direct manifestation of structural racism which has unfortunately led to the intentional and deliberate over policing of Black Americans.

Charles T. Brown

Founder and Principal, Equitable Cities

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General

Welcome to the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021

Associate Director for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative Michelle Spencer and Bloomberg American Health Initiative Director Joshua Sharfstein welcome audiences and provide an overview of discussions to come at the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021.

Addiction & Overdose

How States Can Lead in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Dr. Kelly Henning moderates a panel on state leadership during a public health crisis with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

General

The Profound Importance of Public Health During a Pandemic

Admiral Dr. Rachel L. Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services remarks on the importance of public health during a pandemic at the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021.

Addiction & Overdose

Reducing Addiction and Overdose Deaths in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Dr. Kelly Henning, Bloomberg News anchor Romaine Bostick, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf join the Reducing Addiction and Overdose Deaths in Michigan and Pennsylvania panel at Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021.

General

Mike Bloomberg at the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021

WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries, and Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg L.P. Mike Bloomberg shares special remarks at the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021.

General

Lessons Learned from COVID-19: The Importance of Data

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Dr. Kelly Henning and Johns Hopkins University Associate Vice Provost Beth Blauer discuss the importance of data at the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021.

General

Reducing Health Disparities by Advancing Equity

Associate Director for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative Michelle Spencer moderates a panel with Meharry Medical College President & CEO James E. K. Hildreth and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine President & CEO David Carlisle at the Bloomberg American Health Summit 2021.

General

Social Discord and the Future of Public Health

Panel discussion featuring CVS Health Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer Joneigh Khaldun, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice and Training Beth Resnick and University of Kansas Medical Center Associate Dean for Rural Health Jennifer McKenney

 

General

Using Social Media to Combat COVID Misinformation

Panel discussion featuring Adam Abadir, Director of Communications, Baltimore City Health Department, and Benjamin Jancewicz Creative Director & Social Media Manager Consultant, Baltimore City Health Department.

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Advancing Equity: Setting the Agenda for Post-Pandemic World

U.S. House Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) discusses food policy initiatives to combat health disparities in underserved communities.

General

Advancing Equity: Setting the Agenda for Post-Pandemic World

Lisa Hamilton, President and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, discusses food policy initiatives to combat health disparities in underserved communities.

General

Advancing Equity: A Lens on Community Level Efforts

Bloomberg Fellows Victoria Adewumi and Erin Franey discuss community programs they have spearheaded to address health disparities in underserved communities.

General

Confronting Racism in the Pursuit of Public Health

Pastor Howard-John Wesley of Alfred Street Baptist Church weighs in on health disparities facing his community in Alexandria, VA.

General

Facts, Equity, and Democracy: The Indispensable Role of Universities During COVID-19 and Beyond

Johns Hopkins University President Ron J. Daniels offers remarks regarding the importance of data and the role of universities during the COVID-19 response.

General

Lessons Learned from COVID-19: The Importance of Data

Bloomberg Professors Brendan Saloner, Shima Hamidi, Daniel Webster, Tamar Mendelson and Columbia University Assistant Professor of Medicine Sonia Angell offer remarks on the important of data in the fight against COVID-19 across the Initiative's five focus areas. 

Adolescent Health

Improving the Lives of Immigrant Adolescents

Andrea McDaniels, Communications Director at the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, sits down with Bloomberg Fellows Mónica Guerrero Vázquez of Centro SOL, Rocio Carranza Jacinto of Cocoon House, and Casey Thomas of Soccer Without Borders to discuss the community programs they are involved with to improve the lives of immigrant adolescents as they enter the U.S.

Obesity & The Food System

Data Connection: Linking Hunger to Obesity and the Food System

Panel discussion moderated by Anne Palmer, Director of Practice for Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, featuring Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Food Policy and Ethics Jess Fanzo and Professor of Indigenous and Rural Health Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan. 

Adolescent Health

Immigration Crisis and Adolescents

Bloomberg Fellow Eean Logan and Casa Libre Program Coordinator Jasmin Tobar discuss the public health issues faced by adolescent immigrants. 

Violence

New Models in Community Violence Prevention

Cailin Crockett, Bloomberg Fellow and Senior Advisor on Violence Prevention and Response at the U.S. Department of Defense, discusses alternative strategies to community violence prevention with Bloomberg Fellows Eric Cumberbatch, Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and Josh Peterson, Senior Public Health Specialist for the Minneapolis Health Department.

Environmental Challenges

Reconstructing Cities

Joanne Kenen, Commonwealth Journalist-in-Residence and Assistant Lecturer, is joined by Charles T. Brown, Founder and CEO of Equitable Cities, to discuss the impact of racism on urban planning.

Environmental Challenges

Transit Equity & Environmental Health in Baltimore

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Keshia Pollack Porter, Vice Dean for Faculty and Bloomberg Centennial Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Megan Latshaw, Associate Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Samuel Jordan, President of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition focusing on transit equity in Baltimore. 

General

Preparing for Crises by Building a Resilient Approach in Normal Times

Nicole Lurie, U.S. Director for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, is interviewed by Joshua M. Sharfstein, Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, to discuss how public health officials can prepare for crises by building a resilient approach in “normal” times.

General

Special Remarks: Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie

Dr. Ellen J. Mackenzie, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, offers her strategy on how public health officials can prepare for crises by building a resilient approach in “normal” times.

Addiction & Overdose

Decriminalizing Addiction in Oregon - The Inside Story

Bloomberg Fellow Haven Wheelock discusses Measure 110 in Oregon - legislation that serves to decriminalize drug possession in small quantities and provide funding for addiction treatment and harm reduction.

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