Addressing challenges to U.S. life expectancy with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Strengthening Global Road Safety
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in low and middle-income countries to prevent road traffic crashes, which kill roughly 1.3 million people and injure up to 50 million every year. Our initiative helps implement proven interventions that protect everyone on the road, such as reducing speeding and drinking and driving, improving road infrastructure and vehicle safety standards, increasing the use of helmets and seatbelts, and strengthening data collection. In 2022, our support helped Colombia and Mexico pass major national laws that aim to save lives by reducing speeding and other dangerous road behavior and improving vehicle safety. In total, we have helped strengthen 100 national and subnational laws.
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In March 2023, we hosted the first Partnership for Healthy Cities Summit in London with over 200 mayors and city delegates, where we recognized five cities for their outstanding efforts on public health challenges: Montevideo, Uruguay, for food policy; Mexico City, Mexico, for road safety; Vancouver, Canada, for data management and surveillance; Athens, Greece, for overdose prevention; and Bengaluru, India, for tobacco control.
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Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases
Through a partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative founded by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bloomberg Philanthropies also supports efforts to prevent cardiovascular diseases, the world’s leading cause of death. The initiative works predominantly in low- and middle-income countries and focuses on three key strategies: improving treatment of high blood pressure, eliminating artificial trans fats, and reducing sodium. Bloomberg Philanthropies has directed funding to help reduce risk factors in over 60 countries, including priority countries like Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, and countries throughout the Americas.
Improving Health Data Collection and Policymaking
Launched in 2015, our Data for Health initiative works with low- and middle-income countries to improve the collection and use of critical birth, death, and health data. Globally, many countries lack strong systems to collect this data, which prevents them from effectively allocating resources or designing policies and leaves millions of people without access to medical care.
Defending Access to Reproductive Healthcare
In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating federal protections for the right to abortion. Mike has continued to strongly support organizations that are fighting to protect and expand abortion rights, as he has for decades. Following the decision, he was a leading supporter in successful state advocacy efforts. He helped elect pro-choice majorities to state supreme courts through public education campaigns, backed ballot measures in Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan, and supported pro-choice candidates nationwide. After many states criminalized abortion, our team worked with partners to provide legal resources and aid for providers, patients, and supporters.
It supports full scholarships for Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health fellows, with the requirement that each prospective fellow apply with a collaborating organization and continue working with that organization in the community for at least a year after graduation. To date, 339 students have graduated or are currently enrolled in the program.
Combating the U.S. Overdose Epidemic
To address record overdose deaths and declining life expectancy in the United States, Bloomberg Philanthropies leads efforts to combat the overdose crisis by increasing access to medication treatment and supporting harm reduction interventions. Our initiative focuses on three core strategies: developing and implementing effective policies and interventions in seven key states; creating and disseminating tools that can guide all states; and pushing for federal reform through lobbying, education, and awareness. In 2022, the initiative helped pass important legislation in Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico, as well as nationally.