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

December 22, 2020

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.

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Follow the Data Podcast: The Best of 2020

December 18, 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.

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Plan a Virtual Culture Trip for this Holiday Break

December 15, 2020

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.

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

December 11, 2020

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.

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Environment

Follow the Data Podcast: Telling Stories for the Climate Curious

December 4, 2020

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.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Making Streets Safer with Asphalt Art

November 20, 2020

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

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Public HealthFood Policy Program

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

November 20, 2020

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.

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

November 18, 2020

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.

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Public HealthFood Policy Program

Follow the Data Podcast: The Right to Nutritious Food

November 13, 2020

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.

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EnvironmentAmerica’s Pledge

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

November 4, 2020

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.

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