Healthy food is not a modern trend. Many ingredients used in modern plant-based diets were brought to the United States from Africa and have been central to black cuisine for centuries. Operation Good Food & Beverages is a movement of Black youth who recognize this history and want to elevate black voices and culture in the conversation around plant-based diets and food policy. Join the movement now!
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is building its seventh cohort of Bloomberg Fellows to receive world-class public health training, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to tackle one of five critical health challenges facing the nation: addiction and overdose, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence. Learn how to apply!
The 4th annual Summit 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. Watch it now.
About the Initiative
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative Works to Improve Communities and Save Lives
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is tackling five issues that deeply challenge the nation’s health: addiction and overdose, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence. The Initiative also has set out to train a new generation of leaders committed to improving health in America.
Our Work is Rooted in Equity, Evidence, and Policy
Low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately experience illness and mortality from many different health challenges. Progress and justice require understanding and confronting these inequities directly.Learn more
Good intentions do not guarantee successful outcomes. It’s essential to study whether interventions, programs and policies work. Developing new tools to support more frequent and effective use of evidence is a critical goal for the Initiative.Learn more
Moving the needle in the Initiative’s focus areas requires engaging a broad coalition of actors from the research, policy, practice and academic fields to design, implement, evaluate and advocate for evidence-based policy solutions.Learn more
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Supporting Research and Projects with ImpactSee All Research & Projects
Rural Communities in Crisis
In Cabell County, West Virginia, researchers set out to help health officials determine the level of resources, services, and treatment they need to provide in order to save lives during the opioid epidemic.Learn More
Detecting Fentanyl. Saving Lives.
Fentanyl is a lethally potent drug that is driving the rapid rise in overdose deaths. Researchers at Johns Hopkins investigated three available technologies to provide people who use drugs with information that could save their lives.Learn More
Extreme Risk Protection Orders: A Tool to Save Lives
ERPO laws help prevent gun deaths and protect communities. Their implementation is part of a national effort to reduce the daily loss of life due to firearm violence, including gun suicide.Learn more
Supporting a New Generation of Public Health Leaders Across the Country
The Bloomberg Fellows Program provides world-class public health training for individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.Learn More
Susan E. Kornacki
Susan is co-chair of the Environmental Impact Working group for the Montgomery County Food Council where she leads a group of over 20 community members and professionals who work on mitigating the environmental impact of the local food system.Learn more
Charles is the Capacity Building Coordinator at Harm Reduction Coalition, where he provides technical assistance to organizations that want to incorporate harm reduction into their service provision model.Learn more
Collaborating Organization SpotlightEnvironmental Challenges
Helping Philadelphians Stay Healthy
Get Healthy Philly, part of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, is an innovative public-private coalition that works to tackle the underlying risk factors driving the epidemic of chronic disease and injuries in the city.
Collaborating Organization SpotlightEnvironmental Challenges
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region through research, education, and community and student engagement.Learn More
Collaborating Organization SpotlightAdolescent Health
Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School
Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School is a non-profit educational organization and expedition school that serves Baltimore City middle- and high-school students through active learning expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery, and service, both in and out of the classroom.Learn more
Collaborating Organization SpotlightAddiction & Overdose
National Harm Reduction Coalition
For the past 25 years, National Harm Reduction Coalition, a national organization, has been consistently working to challenge and dismantle the stigma around people who use drugs, through training and capacity-building, policy and advocacy, and overdose prevention.Learn more
Collaborating Organization SpotlightObesity & The Food System
Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.Learn more
Public Health Leaders Make Our Work PossibleSee all people
Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD
Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Vice Dean for Faculty.Learn more
Tamar Mendelson, PhD
Tamar Mendelson, PhD, is a Bloomberg Professor of American Health and Director of the Center for Adolescent Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.Learn more