About the Initiative

A Major Investment in a Healthy Future for the United States

At a Glance

Through Education, Research, and Practice, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative Aims to Improve Health and Save Lives Nationwide

5 Focus Areas

We’re tackling five critical, 21st-century issues that challenge health in the United States

3 Cross-cutting Themes

Our work is deeply rooted in equity, evidence, and policy

1 Year Commitment

Bloomberg Fellows work for at least one year for their organizations following graduation

50+ Full-tuition Scholarships

We award more than 50 full-tuition MPH and DrPH scholarships to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health each year

$300 Million Donation

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ donation to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that launched the Initiative

By spreading smart public health strategies that save lives and bringing people together to try new approaches, we can make the same strides in the 21st century against health threats like air pollution, gun violence, and obesity that we did in the 20th century against infectious disease. There’s no institution better equipped to lead the charge than Johns Hopkins.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies
Three-term Mayor of New York City
Johns Hopkins University Class of 1964

Meet the Initiative

Focus Area
Area of Focus
Category
Category
Environmental Challenges

Katherine Uhde

San Jose

Katherine is a Master Gardener Program Coordinator at the University of California (UC) ...

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Katherine Uhde

Violence

Lynnsey O'Rourke

Washington, DC

Lynnsey O’Rourke is a Hotline Supervisor at the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHT ...

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Lynnsey O'Rourke

Addiction & Overdose

Joseph Buffaloe

Santa Fe, NM

Joseph serves as a Case Manager at Southwest CARE, where he helps navigate medical and ...

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Joseph Buffaloe

Adolescent Health

Grace Ramsay

Florence, MA

Grace’s work experience with Tapestry began when she was a Health Services Counselor, p ...

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Grace Ramsay

Addiction & Overdose

Jasmine Little

Princeton, NJ

Jasmine serves as a Health Research Analyst, leading efforts on mixed-methods evaluatio ...

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Jasmine Little

Obesity & The Food System

Rene Begay

Aurora, CO

Rene is Diné (Navajo) from Salina Springs, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.

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Rene Begay

Addiction & Overdose

Jacqueline Hackett

Washington, DC

Jacqueline is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House Office of National Drug Cont ...

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Jacqueline Hackett

Violence

Alyzza Hudson

Washington, DC

Alyzza Hudson serves as the DC Healthy People analyst in the Center for Policy, Plannin ...

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Alyzza Hudson

Environmental Challenges

Della Wright

New Orleans, LA

Della is the Assistant Director of the Child Wellbeing Division of the Deep South Cente ...

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Della Wright

Environmental Challenges

Jennifer Spiller

Grand Rapids, MI

Jennifer is the Direct Services Program Manager for Healthy Homes Coalition of West Mic ...

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Jennifer Spiller

Violence

Heidi Penix

Austin, TX

Heidi started working at the Texas Center in June 2009 on the Children's Justice Act (C ...

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Heidi Penix

Addiction & Overdose

Erin Russell

Baltimore, MD

Erin serves as Chief of the Center for Harm Reduction Services at the Maryland Departme ...

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Erin Russell

Obesity & The Food System

Amber Canto

Madison, WI

Amber is the Director for the Extension Institute for Health & Well-Being at Univer ...

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Amber Canto

Violence

Yaniris Gomez

New York, NY

Yaniris Gomez is the Clinical Coordinator for Newark Community Solutions, at the Center ...

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Yaniris Gomez

Addiction & Overdose

Illaria Dana

Springfield, MA

Illaria Dana began working with Tapestry in 2019, providing syringe access and safer us ...

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Illaria Dana

Addiction & Overdose

Wahji Kasten

Port Angeles, WA

Wahji Kasten is Denesuline and a member of the English River First Nations. ...

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Wahji Kasten

Get in Touch

Our Team is Excited to Hear from You

General

For all general inquiries, please email AmericanHealth@jhu.edu

Fellows Program

For questions about the Fellows program, email BloombergFellowsMPH@jhu.edu

Media

For media inquiries, email Shannon Jones at sjone242@jhu.edu

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