The inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit brought together innovators, policymakers and change agents from across the country who are creatively tackling some of the nation’s most pressing challenges in addiction and overdose, the environment, food system and obesity, risks to adolescent health and violence.
Like the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, the Summit focused on five critical challenges facing public health in the United States. As gains in life expectancy eroded for the third straight year — there are now more than 40 nations in the world with higher life expectancies than the U.S. — innovative thinking and focused problem solving are more essential than ever.
Addiction & Overdose: Building Tools to Address Addiction and Overdose
Environmental Challenges: Understanding our Changing Environment
Obesity and the Food System: Preventing Obesity and Improving Nutrition
Risks to Adolescent Health: Improving Lives for Children and Teens
Violence: Tackling Gun Violence
"Unless we act now, the toll will grow heavier and heavier." -Michael Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies; World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.
Dive into the amazing conversations sparked by the Summit’s discussion panels. These speakers join national leaders, local practitioners, policymakers, and innovators in the videos below.
What now? 5 actions in 5 years
Experts at our Summit point to ways that federal and state lawmakers can have impact on the most pressing challenges to American public health. Here are actions policymakers can take in the next five years to help Americans live longer, healthier lives:
View the Livestream recording of the event