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An unprecedented investment in the future of American health

Bloomberg American Health Initiative will focus on critical health threats facing the United States
Posted October 11, 2016

Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by businessman, philanthropist, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, three-term New York City mayor and Hopkins alumnus Michael R. Bloomberg, has given $300 million to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to establish the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.

Aimed at transforming the national approach to modern public health challenges, the gift coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bloomberg School. The initiative will focus on five critical health threats facing the U.S.: obesity and the food system, addiction and overdose, risks to adolescent health, environmental challenges and violence.

"People are living longer lives than ever before in history, thanks in no small part to the pioneering public health work done at Johns Hopkins over the last century," Bloomberg says. "But we can and must do better, starting here in the U.S., where life expectancy is lagging behind much of the developed world. By spreading smart public health strategies that save lives and bringing people together to try new approaches, we can make the same strides in the 21st century against health threats like air pollution, gun violence and obesity that we did in the 20th century against polio and other infectious diseases."

Bloomberg's gift provides:

  • $100 million endowment to fund 50 Bloomberg Master of Public Health (MPH) Fellows each year, creating a health triangle of collaboration between the master's student, the home community, and the School. 
  • A $125 million endowment intended to fund faculty and their research within the five focus areas: obesity and the food system, addiction and overdose, risks to adolescent health, environmental challenges and violence.
  • $75 million to establish scholarships for Johns Hopkins University's new school-wide Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program and support a biennial public health summit that will bring together Bloomberg fellows, faculty, and partnering organizations to share findings from research and practice to solve major health issues. 

"The Bloomberg American Health Initiative builds on Michael's visionary legacy at Johns Hopkins and sets the bar ever higher in the next 100 years to transform our national response to modern public health challenges and bend the trajectory of the lives of individuals and communities across the United States," says Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.