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Public Health Reports: The Bloomberg American Health Initiative Supplement Issue

With U.S. life expectancy now on the decline for two consecutive years, the November/December 2018 issue of Public Health Reports includes a special supplement entitled From Local Action to National Progress on 5 Major Health Challenges: The Bloomberg American Health Initiative.  The supplement includes a series of special articles addressing five of the most complex and urgent health challenges facing the United States, specifically: 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, focuses on research and potential solutions to these five critical health issues, collaborating with Bloomberg academic fellows and local partners throughout the United States.

The public health 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 a commentary from the issue’s guest editors. The supplement also features commentaries by leaders in public health describing the importance of key public health tools of equity, evidence, and policy in addressing these issues.

The supplement’s guest editors are Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, MSc, Vice Dean and Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative  Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Dean Emeritus Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, and Jessica Leighton, PhD, from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“The field of public health can offer solutions to some of today’s most complex health challenges,” says Dean MacKenzie. “This special supplement to Public Health Reports offers a vision for evidence and action that can save many lives in the coming decades.”

On Friday, December 7, Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean MacKenzie will lead a national webinar on the special Public Health Reports supplement with ASPPH. The December 7 webinar will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. You can register here.

Highlights of the special Public Health Reports supplement include:

Dean MacKenzie adds, “The Bloomberg American Health Initiative aims to tap into this spirit and support organizations, researchers, and leaders across the country in bringing the power of public health to bear on some of the nation’s greatest health challenges.”

The full supplement is available for download here.