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Follow the Data Podcast: Mexico’s Forward-Thinking Food Policies: Do They Work?

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ food policy program works to raise public awareness around obesity and supports policies to promote healthier diets around the world. One country where our work has grown is Mexico, which has emerged as a leader in food policy.

Follow the Data Podcast: Steering Millions of Dollars Back into the Pockets of Detroiters

To help Detroiters claim the Earned Income Tax Credit – and to make sure they’re not leaving money on the table – Bloomberg Associates worked with Mayor Mike Duggan and the Accounting Aid Society among other Detroit partners, to develop a strategy to spread the word around it and encourage eligible households to apply for it.

Follow the Data Podcast: Reducing the Student Debt Burden for Historically Black Medical School Students

In this episode, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. James Hildreth, President and CEO of Meharry Medical College discuss what makes their students and school communities so special, the underlying factors contributing to health disparities in Black communities, and how Bloomberg Philanthropies’ gift will enable students to choose what and where they practice medicine based on passion, not a paycheck.

Climate in 2020: A Year In Review

By Antha Williams, Global Head of Climate and Environment Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a transformative year which has forced us to examine the ways our systems and institutions must change in order to support a sustainable, justice-oriented society. This has been more pronounced than ever when it comes to the issue of climate change, with the effects often disproportionately impacting low-income communities and communities of color.

Uplifting the Arts in 2020: Overcoming Challenges & Improving Communities through Creative Collaboration

Culture wields significant economic power, improves quality of life, and brings communities together to spark dialogue and address complex issues. This year, the cultural sector has demonstrated incredible resilience navigating challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look back on a challenging year, there were many ways that Bloomberg Philanthropies collaborated with cities, cultural institutions, and artists to address complex issues and improve communities through culture.

Follow the Data Podcast: The Best of 2020

For this episode – the last of the year – we wanted to highlight some of this year’s episodes which gave us fresh perspective on the events of this year: Systemic Racism as a Public Health Issue, The Pandemic’s Effect on Gun Violence, How Cities Are Supporting Arts & Culture During COVID-19, Virtual Advising, Does It Work?, and Moving American Beyond Coal.

Plan a Virtual Culture Trip for this Holiday Break

Visits to museums and cultural landmarks traditionally provide a great escape from day-to-day routines or an opportunity for families to spend time together over the holidays. This year does not have to be an exception. Our free Bloomberg Connects app provides a digital passport to culture, making it easy to access and engage with many arts and cultural institutions in New York City and London from the comfort of your home.

Follow the Data Podcast: Increasing the Number of Black Doctors in the U.S.

The pandemic has been especially devastating for the Black community – which highlights the need for more Black doctors more than ever. Black communities are 4x more likely to have a shortage of physicians, and just 5% of practicing doctors are Black, even though Black patients have better health outcomes when treated by Black doctors.

While Black doctors are more likely to serve those in medically underserved areas, medical school debt often forces them to choose between a career of passion and a career that would pay the bills. And the economic impact of the pandemic only makes it harder for many students to complete their degrees

Follow the Data Podcast: Telling Stories for the Climate Curious

On this episode, Dr. Wilkinson and Dr. Stokes join Antha Williams, who leads the Bloomberg Philanthropies global climate & environment program, and her 10-year-old daughter Azzie Williams, to discuss the opportunities and challenges COVID-19 response provides for a green recovery, the Biden-Harris administration’s climate agenda, and what’s giving them hope for the climate movement going forward.

Follow the Data Podcast: Making Streets Safer with Asphalt Art

A well-designed street that works for everyone, whether you’re walking or biking, taking a bus or driving a car, becomes not just a way to get from A to B, but a true destination itself. A growing number of cities around the world are embracing public art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets and make them safer and more inviting to resident and visitors

Action on childhood obesity amidst COVID-19: greater challenges, new opportunities

Unhealthy diets are a leading risk factor for illness and death globally. Since 2012, Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported efforts around the world to promote healthier eating. The COVID-19 pandemic has both exposed the fault lines in our food system and reinforced the relationship between nutritious diets and health, bringing a new urgency to the need to ensure that everyone can access foods that nourish. On this World Children’s Day, we are pleased to host a guest blog from two organizations that are working to do just that: UNICEF and World Obesity Federation. As they describe below, there are important opportunities to get this right and doing so will require listening to and engaging young people.

Digital City Tools 2020: Driving change through technology, people, and digital practices

City governments around the world are using technology to overcome challenges and drive progress, and Bloomberg Associates’ Media and Digital Strategies team captured some of these innovative efforts in a Digital City Tools 2020 report.

Follow the Data Podcast: The Right to Nutritious Food

A South African doctor and sexual and reproductive health rights activist, Dr. T was appointed the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health in July. In her role, she studies national practices and experiences with physical and mental health in UN partner countries around the world and makes recommendations on how to ensure the protection of the right to health.

As U.S. Officially Exits the Paris Agreement, States, Cities, and Businesses Forge Ahead

In response to a lack of federal leadership, U.S. states, cities, businesses, and other non-federal actors have taken it upon themselves to keep moving us towards our Paris Agreement goals. These coalitions committed to climate action represent nearly 70% of US GDP, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population, and over half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Follow the Data Podcast: The State of the Virus with Dr. Fauci

In this episode, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Ellen MacKenzie joins Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the first installment of the Johns Hopkins University’s Health Policy forum. The webcast originally aired on October 16. The audio is adapted from Public Health on Call, a daily podcast from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Designing & Sustaining Strategic Partnerships: 5 Questions with Megan Sheekey

The Collaborative Cities: A Guide for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships draws on the partnership experiences of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg Associates, city officials, and private sector and nonprofit leaders. The guide highlights many general best practices and lessons that can be applied across municipalities, and offers some guidance on how city leaders can adapt approaches to their own circumstances and challenges.

Follow the Data Podcast: Shaping the Future of Youth in Baltimore, MD

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, HeartSmiles convened youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in East Baltimore for personal development programming, leadership training, and college and career mentorship in collaboration with the school’s Center for Adolescent Health. HeartSmiles aims to inspire youth to be leaders in their communities and to demonstrate leadership in real time through activities that build character.

Accelerating Clean Air Action, One Data Point at a Time

What measures can we take to limit – and someday eliminate – air pollution? To answer that question, we need more and better data. Through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partnerships across the globe, we’re helping cities to measure exactly how much pollution there is, pinpoint its sources and understand the real-life impacts. This data can lead to smart policies and safer and healthier cities, and further our mission of ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.

Follow the Data Podcast: The Politics of Food

On World Food Day, this Follow the Data episode discusses why food is political; the connection between hunger, obesity, and climate change; and how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need – and opportunities – to create a healthier and more socially just food system.

Follow the Data Podcast: Moving America Beyond Coal

Bloomberg Philanthropies has been working with the Sierra Club to phase out coal power in favor of cleaner, healthier forms of energy. Through our work on the Beyond Coal campaign, we’ve helped retire 60% of domestic coal plants, and are on track to retire 100% of the nation’s coal plants by 2030. Beyond Coal estimates that these plant closures have saved an estimated 7,600 lives, prevented nearly 12,000 heart attacks, and resulted in an estimated annual savings of $3.6 billion in health care costs.

Follow the Data Podcast: How Buenos Aires, Argentina is Responding to COVID-19

On this episode, Fernando Straface, the Secretary General and Secretary of Foreign Relations of the City of Buenos Aires, joins Dr. Kelly Henning – head of Bloomberg Philanthropies public health team. Together, they discuss how Buenos Aires is collaborating with other Latin American cities to coordinate coronavirus response, how the city government is utilizing data from its COVID-19 dashboard, and what’s keeping local leaders hopeful now.

Back to school: Some of the country’s best cultural organizations offer resources to enliven virtual classrooms

As many educators – including parents as well as professionals – adapt to the new normal of remote learning, online offerings from cultural institutions can enhance the experience with rich content and interactive tools. These resources at organizations supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies are available for students of all ages and can be especially useful at a time when it can be hard to build classroom cohesion and field trips aren’t possible.

Follow the Data Podcast: Peer-to-Peer College Advising – Does It Work?

One of our CollegePoint partners, Matriculate, trains college student Advising Fellows to help high-achieving, lower-income high school students identify colleges that are a good fit, complete resumes, recommendations, and application forms, apply for financial aid, compare aid packages, and prepare academically, socially, and emotionally to succeed in college.

Follow the Data Podcast: A Summer Unlike Any Other

The Fresh Air Fund, which was founded in 1877 at the height of the tuberculosis epidemic in New York City was determined to continue its mission of providing free summer experiences for kids. With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and The JPB Foundation, The Fresh Air Fund created Summer Spaces, in collaboration with the city,  transforming closed New York City streets into age-appropriate, socially distant, play spaces for children. The program also provided employment to local youth ages 18 to 24, who served as activity specialists, coaches, and counselors.

Public Art Piece in Paris Responds to Climate Change with Singing Trees

This week and through September 20th, residents and visitors to Paris have an opportunity to experience an outdoor public art piece by the award-winning digital artists Umbrellium, which highlights the role of collective action in fighting climate change. The piece, titled Singing Trees, is supported by Théâtre du Châtelet, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

5 Questions on the important role parks can play in social equity

Cities have invested in creative programs, such as ActivateATL in the city of Atlanta, to ensure all their citizens have equal access to these vital public spaces. So, we asked LaChandra Butler-Burks, the City of Atlanta’s Acting Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, to share more about their work in Atlanta and what parks can mean for social equity.

Follow the Data Podcast: Virtual College Advising – Does It Work?

While heading back to school during the pandemic is anxiety-inducing for students, parents, and educators, this fall can be particularly stressful for high school students applying to college, as the coronavirus has upended many aspects of the college application process.

Building a Creative Career: 5 Questions with Katie Burke, Bloomberg Arts Internship Alum

U.S. employers rate creativity as one of the top three personality traits most important to career success, according to 2015 data from Americans for the Arts. The Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) is designed to help prepare the next generation for success in the workforce, in the arts and other industries. It aims to provide meaningful workforce experience, develop knowledge of the creative sector as a career path, encourage awareness of culture as a civic resource, and prepare students to apply and transition into college.

Follow the Data Podcast: The 9/11 Memorial Glade: A Tribute to Strength

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, support flooded in from across the country to drive the recovery effort in New York, and beyond. Since then, hundreds of thousands of first responders, recovery workers, and community members have gotten sick and many have passed away from exposure to toxins at the recovery site.

To recognize the sacrifice, loss and continuing effort of those who responded to rebuild the community, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum created a physical space on the memorial site, called the Memorial Glade.

Exploring Creative Careers with the Bloomberg Arts Internship: 5 Questions with Intern Rachel K. McCain

The Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) aims to support this planning process by connecting young people from diverse backgrounds with paid internships at cultural organizations along with intensive college readiness and professional development training. Harnessing the power of the arts as a means of workforce development, BAI helps students build essential skills for any professional field they may choose while encouraging awareness of culture as a civic resource.