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Follow the Data Podcast: Reducing Injuries and Traffic Crashes on Roads Around the World

June 11, 2021

One public health challenge that receives limited attention and insufficient resources is road safety. Our founder, Mike Bloomberg, is the WHO’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. Given that road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.35 million people and injure as many as 50 million every year, this is a major focus in his role. Weak and inadequate road safety laws, minimal or nonexistent vehicle safety standards, and streets designed solely for vehicle use – and not pedestrians – are serious threats to road safety, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

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Public Health

For moms everywhere this Mother’s Day: Birth companionship in remote Tanzania

May 9, 2021

Moms: Imagine being alone when you go to a hospital to deliver your baby. Nobody to hold your hand, bring you water, or offer words of comfort during the worst of the pain. And still alone after the baby came and you needed some rest, there was nobody to hold your crying baby. That’s what it used to be like for mothers in Tanzania, where public health facilities discouraged women from having a companion during childbirth because of limited space in the maternity ward and because health providers feared that companions would interfere with the process. The unforeseen result was that women became fearful of going to a health facility for childbirth.

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Founder's Projects

Follow the Data Podcast: The Economic Cost of Gun Violence in America

May 7, 2021

Everytown for Gun Safety’s President John Feinblatt and Everytown’s Director of Research, Sarah Burd-Sharps joined the podcast to tell us more about how their team calculated the economic cost of gun violence, why good storytelling is critical in the fight for gun sense action, and how Everytown is working to prevent gun violence at the federal, state, and local levels.

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Founder's Projects

Building Resilience: How Bloomberg is Partnering with the Commonwealth to Support Nations Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

May 6, 2021

The Commonwealth Secretariat — the administrative arm of the Commonwealth, an association of 54 countries that is home to 2.4 billion people — and Bloomberg Philanthropies have collaborated to release the Disaster Resilience Taskforce Toolkit. The Toolkit will help governments assess the resilience of their preparedness procedures, provide structures which can be implemented during a crisis, and help authorities analyze the effectiveness of their actions post-disaster.

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Environment

The Ticking Clock: A race toward transportation electrification

April 30, 2021

By Ben Prochazka, Executive Director, Electrification Coalition

When you consider that most modern-day vehicles have a lifespan of 10-20 years, we’re in a sprint against the clock to electrify transportation in the United States and across the world. The transportation sector is the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, in part because of successful efforts including Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Beyond Carbon that have worked to clean the power sector. Along with investments in public transit and complete streets, electric vehicles represent one of the best and fastest routes to a zero-emission and oil-free transportation future.

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Environment

Follow the Data Podcast: Reporting on The Outlaw Ocean

April 16, 2021

On this episode of our Follow the Data podcast, we learn about how reporting at sea has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can take action to protect our ocean at home.

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Arts

New on Bloomberg Connects: Five London Arts Organizations to Explore from Anywhere

April 1, 2021

The Bloomberg Connects app allows audiences around the world to explore offerings from a range of arts organizations. The app also provides resources for a safer, touchless experience on-site as more and more cultural institutions begin to reopen. Built by Bloomberg engineers, in collaboration with arts institutions and employees from across Bloomberg. The app currently features more than 20 digital guides that include expert insights, artist voices, educational activities for children, and exclusive content available only on Bloomberg Connects.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Follow the Data Podcast: Making the Biggest Impact Possible During the Pandemic

April 1, 2021

To celebrate our 100th episode, Patti Harris, the CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies, joined the podcast. She oversees our programs focused on the arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health, as well as Mike Bloomberg’s corporate and personal philanthropy and Bloomberg Associates, our pro bono consultancy that works with mayors in cities around the world.

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Bloomberg Associates

Attracting and Managing New Resources and Partners that Respond to Community Needs

March 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have brought increased focus on the benefits of strong cross-sector collaboration in addressing issues including food insecurity, housing stability, and vaccine distribution. With pressure to meet complex needs, can local governments effectively lead these collaborative efforts? The short answer is yes. In the wake of the pandemic, mayors and city administrators around the world are cultivating and managing new and creative partnerships to respond to immediate demands and the changing needs of their residents. These government leaders are also recognizing that partnerships require resources and structure to be successful.

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Public Health

Spotlighting the Future of Food Policy: How Emerging Scholars are Building Healthier Food Environments

March 4, 2021

As obesity continues to be a rising challenge — one that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into even sharper focus — accelerating research to evaluate policies that improve global food environments has become critical. A key component of our Bloomberg Philanthropies’ food policy program is supporting research to figure out what works to shift people to healthier diets. While our work is always grounded in rigorous global and existing country evidence, most countries have research gaps.

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