$300 million gift to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to transform approach to tackling major domestic health issues
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September 15, 2016 - Newsletter

Johns Hopkins University and Michael R. Bloomberg Launch the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

$300 million gift to transform approach to tackling major domestic health issues

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bloomberg Philanthropies is making a $300 million gift to the School in order to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. America lags behind other developed countries in life expectancy; this commitment will set the Bloomberg School on a path to transform our national response to modern health challenges.

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative will focus on five areas of preventable diseases: drug addiction, obesity, gun violence, adolescent health, and environmental threats. This new commitment complements the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program, which already focuses on noncommunicable diseases through initiatives on obesity, tobacco use, road safety, and drowning. It comes shortly after Mike Bloomberg was named to be the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.

To learn more, view the press release, as well as an article in the Wall Street Journal on the new Initiative and a feature from the Washington Post highlighting the Bloomberg School centennial. The Washington Post article features 10 of the 100 objects chosen by the School that have impacted public health, for good or bad. The full list can be found at the School’s new website, Global Health NOW.
WSJ: Michael Bloomberg Gives $300 Million to Johns Hopkins for Public-Health Effort
Bloomberg's donation to finance an ambitious effort to target opioid addiction, gun violence and other issues that are shortening lives and disrupting communities across the U.S. Read More
WASHINGTON POST: 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health
In recognition of the Centennial of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the school compiled this list of 100 objects to help us appreciate the vast reach of public health. Read More
Subscribe to Global Health NOW
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Michael Bloomberg Named WHO Ambassador
World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan cited Bloomberg’s longtime support for efforts to control tobacco use, improve road safety and prevent drowning in announcing him as Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Diseases. Read More
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