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Follow the Data Podcast: How Can We Reduce the Gaps in Racial Wealth Equity Data?

December 6, 2023

To celebrate the Black Wealth Data Center’s recent one-year anniversary, Katherine Oliver sits down with Garnesha Ezediaro, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, Darrick Hamilton, the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at the New School, and Lamar Gardere, the Executive Director at The Data Center of Southeast Louisiana and national recipient of the Black Wealth Data Center and National Neighborhood Indicator’s Local Data and Engagement Grant Program, to discuss the importance of data in advancing racial wealth equity, the challenges faced by organizations that don’t have access to data, and how the Black Wealth Data Center is helping provide decision-makers with data collection and accessibility.

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Government Innovation

10 memorable moments from Bloomberg CityLab 2023

November 1, 2023

The 10th Bloomberg CityLab summit took place in Washington, D.C., last month. For the participating mayors, city innovators, urban experts, artists, business leaders, and advocates, it was a time to share ideas for solving tough challenges and raise ambitions for many opportunities ahead.

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Education

Follow the Data Podcast: How Can We Support Student Success at All Stages?

November 1, 2023

In this episode of Follow the Data, Katherine Oliver sits down with two colleagues from Bloomberg’s Education team – Eve Bois, who manages the Career and Technical Education portfolio, and Jasmine Jenkins, who co-manages the K-12 Education and Advocacy portfolio, to discuss the challenges facing public education in America, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ comprehensive education reform work, and how we are working to close the career gap through school-based and work-based programs.

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Arts

Arts on Prescription: Embracing a New Culture of Health with “Social Prescribing”

October 23, 2023

Someday soon, in addition to prescribing medication or therapy, doctors may begin directing patients to visit a museum or join a choir. The growing practice of “social prescribing” is a way for healthcare providers to address patients’ health and wellbeing by connecting them to a range of nonclinical services, often taking the form of community arts and cultural activities.

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Arts

Follow the Data Podcast: Can the Arts Keep You Healthy?

September 17, 2023

In this episode of Follow the Data, Katherine Oliver sits down with Jill Sonke, PhD, director of research initiatives in the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, and Tracey Knuckles of our arts team to shed light on the ways that cultural activities can help keep listeners healthy and how the arts can be incorporated into healthcare systems.

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Government Innovation

How citywide data strategies can connect the dots, drive results

September 14, 2023

Data is more central than ever to improving service delivery, managing performance, and identifying opportunities that better serve residents. That’s why a growing number of cities are adding a new tool to their arsenal—the citywide data strategy—to provide teams with a holistic view of data efforts and then lay out a roadmap for scaling successful approaches throughout city hall.

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Public Health

Follow the Data Podcast: Advancing Public Health Strategies to Reduce Overdose Deaths

August 25, 2023

In this episode, Katherine Oliver sits down with two of Bloomberg’s critical partners in this effort – Kat Humphries, a Program Manager for the Overdose Prevention Program at Vital Strategies, and Tahira Malik, the founder of Samad’s House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – to discuss the common misconceptions people have about substance use disorder, harm reduction as an effective strategy for preventing overdose deaths, and policies that could implemented to support recovery in communities across the country.

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Bloomberg Associates

Building a City of the Arts: Three Years and Counting of Newark’s Creative Catalyst Fund

August 10, 2023

To spin up the Creative Catalyst Fund quickly, Mayor Baraka turned to Bloomberg Associates, which had begun pro bono consulting work with the City of Newark the year prior. Bloomberg Associates’ Arts & Culture Team worked with the City’s newly appointed Arts and Cultural Affairs Director, fayemi shakur, to provide hands-on support with structuring the new grant program, designing an application portal, and building review and reporting processes.

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Founder's Projects

Follow the Data Podcast: Investing in Women’s Economic Independence

August 8, 2023

In this episode, Katherine Oliver sits down with Verna Eggleston, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Women’s Economic Development Initiative, Laurie Adams, the CEO of Women for Women International, and Christine Condo, the Executive Director of Sustainable Growers. They discuss how our Women’s Economic Development Initiative affects women, their communities, and their children and families, key findings of the Johns Hopkins report, and how listeners can get involved. 

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Education
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Follow the Data Podcast: Combatting Pandemic Learning Loss

July 26, 2023

In this episode, Howard Wolfson, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ education program, joins political strategist and venture capitalist Bradley Tusk for a wide-ranging conversation about how Bloomberg Philanthropies is working to address the ongoing crisis in America’s education system – from supporting career and vocational training programs, to expanding access to top colleges for talented students from low-income families. This audio is adapted from the Firewall podcast, where entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, strategists and journalists reveal what’s really on their mind.

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