The Power of Connection
On November 7, 2023, the Bloomberg American Health Summit convened public health practitioners, policymakers, community organizations, and Bloomberg Fellows from around the country in Baltimore to explore uncommon connections and partnerships that are advancing health and equity across the country.
Speakers included public health officials, leaders from state and federal health agencies, faculty from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, journalists, and representatives from community organizations. Sessions covered strategies for preventing overdose deaths, ways to improve the U.S. food system, solutions to improve the youth criminal justice system, and public health approaches to violence prevention.
Two research projects led by Bloomberg School faculty were also featured. The first, focused on improving safety for communities across the country by narrowing traffic lane widths, was led by Shima Hamidi, PhD, Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health. The second project focused on how Violence Reduction Councils, a diverse set of stakeholders including criminal justice, social service, public health, and community organizations, can reduce violence in cities. This work was led by Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, associate professor, and Mallory O’Brien, associate scientist, at the Center for Gun Violence Solutions.
Highlights from the event and a link to the livestream of the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Initiative are below. Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn to see more and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with the Initiative.
“In what I hope is a paradigm shift, we are seeing the country at large, and Baltimore specifically, break down traditional organizational silos. I believe this intentional shift will better allow us to collectively and collaboratively create innovative solutions to address the social determinants of health.”
“Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of unmet behavioral health needs. If we can start to address these needs earlier, we can also address the issues of poverty. We need interagency coordination to ensure the continuum of care is available for all children and their families.”
Additional 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit Videos
Welcome to the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit
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 2023.
Keynote Address from Dr. Letitia Dzirasa
Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Deputy Mayor of Equity, Health, and Human Services for the City of Baltimore delivers a keynote address at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
The Granny Project: Bridging the Gap to Address Food Insecurity
Joni Holifield, Ganita Wallace, Breyanna Dabney, and Amaya Murillo discuss how collaboration between older generations and young people in Baltimore is increasing access to healthy food and preserving family recipes for years to come.
Rethinking the Juvenile System: A Focus on Youth Disconnection
Karen De Sa and Imhotep Simba discuss youth disconnection in the United States.
Protecting Disadvantaged Communities from the Health Impacts of Climate Change
John Balbus delivers a keynote address discussing the health impacts of climate change on marginalized communities across the globe.
A Call to Action for Missing and Murdered Black Women
Lakeisha Lee and Tiara Willie discuss the epidemic of missing and murdered Black women in the United States at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
Federal Efforts to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence
Rosemarie Hidalgo delivers a keynote address at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
Laura Herrera Scott Keynote Address
Laura Herrera Scott, Secretary of Health for the State of Maryland, delivers a keynote at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
Leveraging Traditional Systems to Deliver Non-Traditional Solutions to Improve Health
Acting Director of CMS, Dora Hughes, delivers a keynote address at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
We are the Medicine: Culture, Creativity, and Reclaiming the Movement We've Built
Sam Rivera, executive director of OnPoint NYC, delivers remarks at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
Bringing Evidence to Policymakers in Harm Reduction
Professor Susan Sherman and Jessica Johnson discuss harm reduction strategies at the 2023 Bloomberg American Health Summit.
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