With U.S. life expectancy declining for two years in a row, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative is releasing a supplement to Public Health Reports, the scholarly journal of the U.S. Surgeon General. The supplement includes a series of special articles addressing five of the most complex and urgent health challenges facing the United States: addiction and overdose, violence, obesity and the food system, environmental challenges, and risks to adolescent health.
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focus on these five critical health issues.
The supplement features five peer-reviewed articles – one in each area – that “provide a road map for efforts to bring public health training to frontline organizations, pursue insights through innovative research, and advance effective programs, policies, and strategies for change,” according to an opening commentary from the issue’s guest editors. The supplement also features commentaries by leaders in public health describing the key public health tools of equity, evidence, and policy.
The supplement’s guest editors are Bloomberg School dean, Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzie; vice dean and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein; dean emeritus, Dr. Alfred Sommer, and Dr. Jessica Leighton from Bloomberg Philanthropies.