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Johns Hopkins Webcast: The Inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit

The inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 29-30, will bring together innovators and policymakers from around the country who are creatively working to address some of the toughest challenges facing public health in the United States, including the opioid epidemic and gun violence.

The Bloomberg American Health Summit will be hosted by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, created in 2016 with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the world’s leading school of public health.

The summit will be livestreamed at http://americanhealth.jhu.edu/BloombergSummit2018 on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30 starting at 9:00 a.m. both days.

The 2018 Summit theme is “From Local Action to National Impact: Overcoming Challenges and Improving Health,” and the event will feature content related to the five areas where the Initiative focuses its work: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Risks to Adolescent Health, Violence, and Obesity and the Food System.

Attendees will include national leaders, policymakers, innovators and collaborators from a wide range of fields and disciplines.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City (2002-2013), founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)
  • Michael Botticelli, former Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama, Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center
  • Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, Managing Partner at Emerson Collective
  • Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator and Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment
  • Marion Nestle, author and Paulette Goddard Professor Emerita of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University
  • Joshua M. Sharfstein, Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative
  • Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood and former Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore
  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
  • And more to be announced

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty and Bloomberg Fellows will also speak at the Summit, along with Ron Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University; Ellen MacKenzie, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Daniel Webster, a Bloomberg Professor of American Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research; Tom Burke, Jacob I and Irene B. Fabrikant Professor and Chair in Health Risk and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management; and Haven Wheelock, a Bloomberg Fellow and coordinator of the syringe exchange program at Outside In in Portland, Ore. The Bloomberg Fellows Program is a groundbreaking initiative to provide world-class public health training to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.

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