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.

Reopening Culture During the Pandemic

As the crisis has evolved, some cities and states have begun to allow some venues to reopen – New York City museums began reopening just this week – with health precautions in place. Arts institutions across the country are rising to the challenge, employing nimble and thoughtful practices for offering vibrant cultural experiences while keeping visitors and staff safe.

Follow the Data Podcast: Is It Safe to Reopen Schools?

On this episode, we talk to Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, where she leads research partnerships with public health practitioners in order to document their learnings and improve our readiness for large and challenging outbreaks. She also co-wrote a New York Times op-ed earlier this summer, called “We Have to Focus on Opening Schools, Not Bars.”

Podcast: Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Answered

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live – and a vaccine is our best hope to resume normal life.

While studies of possible COVID-19 vaccines continue, questions emerge: How close are we to a vaccine? Should children, pregnant women, and the elderly be included in vaccine trials? How successful does a vaccine have to be in order to be considered effective?

5 Questions on the Census

It comes around every ten years, but this year, completing the census is even more important given it determines the allocation of funding for public health services and representation in Washington and states across that country, which impacts civil rights issues.

With recent news that The Census Bureau is ending its door-knocking efforts one month earlier than anticipated, we asked Bloomberg Associates’ Rose Gill and Jane Bartman, who work with cities and government leaders to help them best administer the census in their communities, five questions about this year’s census.

Fifteen Years After Katrina, America’s Levees Are Breaking

By Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President & Founder, Hip Hop Caucus 

We need to connect the dots between racial justice and climate justice because our existence is at stake. We cannot breathe. At the Hip Hop Caucus, we’ve created an award-winning platform called Think 100% that tells the stories of climate justice and race through podcasts, film, music, and activism. We need strong partners from the streets to the suites, like Bloomberg Philanthropies, to help us tell these stories and expand people’s understanding of the environment, climate, and race.

How the arts can improve mental health, especially during the pandemic

Given limited options for socializing during quarantine, it makes sense that people are turning to the arts. While the majority of survey respondents have been engaging in arts activities during quarantine about the same amount as usual, another 21% have increased their participation in the arts. Additionally, more than half of respondents indicated that they miss visiting cultural venues and, perhaps surprisingly, that percentage grows among the younger age groups.

Follow the Data Podcast: How Cities Are Supporting Arts & Culture During COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of life around the world. To slow the spread of the virus, many countries closed their borders and restricted non-essential travel, greatly impacting the global tourism industry and funding for cultural organizations. In London, cultural tourism is worth about 8 billion pounds a year—largely from international visitors. Recent statistics in London indicate that the creative economy will lose 16 billion pounds, and 150,000 jobs, by the end of 2020 alone.

Follow the Data Podcast: Systemic Racism as a Public Health Issue

As the Director of The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, Dr. Lisa Cooper and her team work to make health care institutions more equitable, communities more engaged, and health policies and practices more effective to eliminate disparities in health and health care in Baltimore, the United States, and around the world.

Leveraging Sports to Drive Academic Success in Under-Resourced Neighborhoods

By Mike Hopper and Mariama N’Diaye, Bloomberg Associates

The purpose of the Team Up initiative is to introduce young people to opportunities to pursue a career in sports beyond being an athlete. We shared our vision of developing a program that would partner with major and minor league sports organizations and teams to bring their executives into school classrooms to introduce students to sports jobs that exist off the field.