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Follow the Data Podcast: The Enduring Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Future of American Public Health

February 18, 2022

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, and Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program, discuss how to address health misinformation, how the pandemic has exacerbated the opioid and mental health crises, and what’s keeping the Surgeon General optimistic about the future of public health.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Creating Pathways to Middle Skill Jobs

January 7, 2022

​On this episode, Jenny Sharfstein Kane of our education team sits down with Julia Baez, CEO of Baltimore’s Promise​, a city-wide collaborative which supports the health and education of Baltimore City youth from cradle to career. Julia tells us more about the organization’s Grads2Careers initiative, which focuses on helping Baltimore City Public Schools graduates who aren’t immediately bound for college or careers enter the workforce by offering occupational skills training in fields like tech, health care, logistics, and transportation.

Jenny also sits down with the Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, Randall Woodfin, to discuss how internships and apprenticeships will help shape the employment landscape in his city and the challenges entry-level workers are facing as a result of the pandemic.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Memorializing Loss, Injustice and History, Part Two

December 20, 2021

In this episode – which is part of a series about how memorials, monuments, and temporary pieces can be more reflective of our society – Stephanie Dockery from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team sits down with Rick Lowe for a conversation around community-centered public art projects. They discuss the importance of creating community through public art, what they’ve learned from working with the City of Tulsa on the Greenwood Art Project, and how cities can implement art as a catalyst for community healing.

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Explore History with Bloomberg Connects

December 14, 2021

Our free Bloomberg Connects app makes it possible for users to explore resources from more than 50 iconic cultural institutions, whether you’re there in person or enjoying the app from somewhere else. The app includes resources to help everyone engage more deeply with history – from audio guides and exhibit information to interactive virtual tours, expert insights, and educational activities for children.

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Arts Data in the Public Sector: A new guide for cities to leverage data about arts & culture

December 9, 2021

Bloomberg Associates compiled an analysis in Arts Data in the Public Sector: Strategies for Local Arts Agencies, a new resource for cities that shares for leveraging arts data and identifies areas of ongoing complexity and opportunity. David Andersson from Bloomberg Associates’ Culture team writes about how cities can effectively make use of the arts data available to them.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Criminal Expungement in Detroit Leads to New Beginnings

December 3, 2021

On this episode, Rose Gill of the Bloomberg Associates Municipal Integrity team sits down with Carrie Jones, who leads Project Clean Slate, and Stephani Labelle, the program’s lead attorney to discuss how the program has grown since it was launched in 2016 and how it supports residents throughout the expungement process. Mr. Bell, a Detroit resident who was previously a client of Project Clean Slate, and Mayor Duggan also join the podcast to discuss the importance of prioritizing expungement and what it means for Detroit residents.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Memorializing Loss, Injustice and History

November 19, 2021

This episode features Anita Contini, from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team, who developed the process and implementation plan for selecting the winning design for the future 9/11 Memorial, including the jury process for choosing its architect. She sits down with Michael Arad, the architect selected to design the memorial. Anita and Michael discuss the process of designing the 9/11 Memorial, what influences his work on memorials, the role public spaces play in bringing people together, and some of his most recent projects.

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Jackson, Mississippi Wants to Know: Are You Team Peas or Team Tomatoes?

November 8, 2021

Can creative art installations that focus on healthy food options lead to a future of healthier eating? Over the past three years, the City of Jackson, Mississippi, has been collaborating with artists, residents, farmers, gardeners, and landscape architects to find out.

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Strengthening Partnerships for Effective Federal Funds Disbursement

October 7, 2021

Over the past several months, mayors have made strong efforts to engage community members and elicit feedback on the distribution of federal funds, however, many acknowledge their lack of capacity to rapidly deploy the incoming federal aid. We highlighted five key strategies to strengthen strategic partnerships and leverage federal funding for COVID response and recovery at a recent workshop for city leaders.

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Public Health

Follow the Data Podcast: The Enduring Pandemic: COVID-19, What We Know Now, and Where We Go From Here

October 1, 2021

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program, discuss when a COVID vaccine for children could be approved, how often we may need to get booster shots, which variants they’re keeping their eyes on, and more.

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