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Vice President Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg Address More than 350 City Leaders at Ninth Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response

More than 350 participants from over 220 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ ninth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening today where Vice President Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic.

Johns Hopkins and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with New York State, Launch Online Course to Train Army of Contact Tracers to Slow Spread of COVID-19

With the urgent need to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with Bloomberg Philanthropies, launched a free online course to help train a new cadre of contact tracers to reach and assist people exposed to the virus. Taking and passing this course will be a requirement for thousands of contact tracers being hired by the state of New York to fight the pandemic.

Chef and Humanitarian José Andrés and Mike Bloomberg Address More Than 350 City Leaders at Eighth Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response

More than 350 participants from over 220 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ eighth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where chef and humanitarian José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Mike Bloomberg Address Nearly 400 City Leaders at Seventh Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response

Participants from more than 230 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ seventh virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where the Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic. Joined by moderator Jorrit de Jong, Faculty Director, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative; Mitchell Weiss, professor at Harvard Business School and creator of the school’s course on Public Entrepreneurship; Dr. Lisa Cooper M.D., a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Equity in Health and Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Governor Hogan and Mr. Bloomberg highlighted the leading role mayors have in responding to the crisis.

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Contact Tracing Pilot Program Supported by Mayor Mike Bloomberg to Begin in Coming Weeks

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York’s contact tracing pilot program, with leadership from Mayor Mike Bloomberg, will begin in the coming weeks. This nation-leading tracing program will focus on areas with the highest rates of infection and on regions where data shows could be the first to open. The program will operate through the next flu season, and it will be implemented in coordination with tri-state neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut.

Johns Hopkins University Launches New COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative

Johns Hopkins University announced the launch of the COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative, a one-stop resource hub that fills the void of publicly-available information about COVID-19 testing data and offers critical insights, resources and expert analysis about COVID-19 testing around the nation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More than 400 City Leaders at Sixth Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response

Participants from more than 240 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ sixth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening on April 23 where the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic.

Mike Bloomberg Commits $10 Million to the International Rescue Committee for their COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Additional Work in Some of the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $10 million contribution to support the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on vulnerable populations across the globe, and for additional work that will be needed to protect these peoples. The support comes at a time when the world is experiencing the greatest number of people fleeing violence and persecution since World War II. With many of these displaced millions already suffering from ill health and living in poverty, they are at extreme risk of contracting the coronavirus. COVID-19 is in the early stages of spreading to less developed and fragile countries, which means there is still time to mount a coordinated response that can ease suffering today and guard against dangerous secondary impacts tomorrow.

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg Launch Nation-Leading COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program to Control Infection Rate

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg announced a new nation-leading COVID-19 contact tracing program to control the infection rate of the disease. Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies have committed organizational support and technical assistance to help build and execute this new program. The contact tracing program will be done in coordination with the downstate region as well as New Jersey and Connecticut and will serve as an important resource to gather best practices and as a model that can be replicated across the nation. There has never been a contact tracing program implemented at this scale either in New York or anywhere in the United States. The program will launch immediately.

Mayors from Partnership for Healthy Cities Network Convene During Launch of New Virtual Series to Help Inform Their COVID-19 Response

Executives and representatives from 24 cities around the world joined the inaugural Bloomberg Philanthropies Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 webinar series for mayors. This virtual convening—the first in an ongoing series that is  part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ COVID-19 Global Response Initiative—provided city leaders with guidance on how to implement best-practice COVID-19 interventions, such as physical distancing measures, in ways that are appropriate to each municipality and effective in gaining acceptance from the community, while minimizing social and economic impacts.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners with Global Citizen to Support the One World: Together At Home initiative, Commits $8 Million to World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund

Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with Global Citizen to support the ‘One World: Together At Home’ initiative, including an $8 million contribution that will go directly to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The funding will support providing healthcare workers across the globe with protective equipment like masks and gloves, and getting them the necessary information and training to detect and treat affected patients. The funding will also help with efforts to track and study the spread of the virus, accelerate the development of treatments, vaccines, and tests, and produce guidance on measures that the general public should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bill Gates Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More Than 400 City Leaders at Fifth Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response

Participants from more than 240 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ fifth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening on April 16, where Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg addressed the mayors on the challenges associated with the pandemic.

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund Issues $44 Million in Grants and Loans to New York City-Based Social Services and Arts Nonprofits

The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund in the New York Community Trust announced that 276 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus public health crisis have received support to date. These mainly small and mid-size nonprofits are receiving grants and interest-free loans totaling $44 million, with additional funding being issued to more organizations over the coming weeks. The support – which currently ranges from $8,000 to $250,000 given per grant and from $100,000 to $3 million per loan – is to help these vital community organizations across New York’s five boroughs with the continuity of their daily operations and to help offset the lost revenue that has diminished their ability to pay rent, make payroll, and fulfill their public service missions.

Partnership for Healthy Cities Launches Online Platform to Support City Leaders Responding to COVID-19

The Partnership for Healthy Cities (PHC) launched a new online platform for mayors, city officials and public health practitioners to support their efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis. The Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 Response Center includes the latest tools and technical resources geared toward urban challenges, ranging from maintaining city services to legal guidance on implementing critical public health measures, for cities at every stage of the pandemic. The online platform was developed by the global health organization Vital Strategies, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization. The PHC COVID-19 Response sits within the Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative, in collaboration with leading global experts on epidemic prevention.

Mike Bloomberg Supports World Central Kitchen to Provide as Many as 1 Million Meals for Healthcare Workers at 16 NYC Health + Hospitals Facilities on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bloomberg Philanthropies and World Central Kitchen announced a partnership to provide fresh daily meals for the 30,000 healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic at NYC Health + Hospitals’ 11 acute care hospitals and five post-acute long-term care facilities across the city’s five boroughs. Mike Bloomberg’s $6 million gift makes it possible for World Central Kitchen to begin food service operations tomorrow, April 15, at two locations, and go live across all NYC Health + Hospitals facilities by Monday, April 27.

President Barack Obama Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More Than 300 Cities at Fourth Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response

Participants from more than 300 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ fourth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening today, where President Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg addressed the mayors on the challenges associated with the pandemic. Joined by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and former director of the Center for Disease Control, Mr. Bloomberg and President Obama highlighted the critical role  mayors have in responding to the crisis and supporting vulnerable residents.

Mike Bloomberg’s Statement on New York’s Major Step Forward in Combatting Youth E-Cigarette Use by Ending Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes

“As we battle the coronavirus, we know that people with underlying health issues who smoke tobacco or use e-cigarettes may have an increased risk for serious complications. That makes the importance of prohibiting the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes even more urgent, and today we took a major step forward. New York has become the largest state to enact a ban, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and other state leaders for standing up to the tobacco industry and protecting millions of children and families. The youth e-cigarette epidemic is still with us, and getting these dangerous products off the market is even more essential than ever.”

President George W. Bush Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More Than 200 Cities at Third Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response

More than 600 participants including mayors, local leaders, and members of city response teams from cities across the United States joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ third virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening on April 2, where President George W. Bush and Michael Bloomberg addressed the mayors about the challenges associated with the pandemic. Joined by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Mr. Bloomberg and President Bush highlighted the leading role that mayors have in responding to the crisis.

Partnership for Healthy Cities Virtually Convenes City Officials from Around the World to Support Coronavirus Response

As part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ newly announced Global Coronavirus Response Initiative, more than 65 leaders and technical staff from 31 cities around the world joined the first-ever Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 Response Webinar. The virtual convening focused on the fundamentals of epidemic preparedness and response, the latest COVID-19 science, and how the Partnership will assist the cities in tackling COVID-19 by providing tools and technical resources geared toward urban contexts. The work complements Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, which began convening American mayors two weeks ago.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and NACTO Launch Online Hub for Transportation Officials Responding to COVID-19 Emergency

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) today announced the launch of a transportation-focused online resource hub to give mayors, city officials and other practitioners real-time information on the transportation strategies cities are deploying to adapt to the rapidly evolving international health emergency. The Transportation Response Center is the latest support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative to help mayors confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, State of Maryland to Fund Johns Hopkins University-led COVID-19 Treatment Research

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Johns Hopkins University announced a joint effort to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, led by Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

President Bill Clinton Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More than 140 Mayors at Second Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response

More than 500 mayors, local leaders, and members of city response teams from cities across the United States joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ second virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where President Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg addressed the mayors about the challenges associated with the pandemic. Joined by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and former director of the Center for Disease Control, Mr. Bloomberg and President Clinton highlighted the leading role that mayors have in responding to the crisis.

Expanding the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative, Mike Bloomberg Announces New Program to Help Cities Navigate, Access, and Deploy Federal Aid

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new set of supports for U.S. cities to help them better understand how to access and track the Federal programs and funding mechanisms that are available to support their COVID-19 response and recovery.  Specifically, this program will highlight established best practices and provide tutorials on how to apply for and receive aid, and also monitor expenses while ensuring proper accounting. These new supports will be delivered through a partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National League of Cities Launch New Coronavirus Local Action Tracker

Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the National League of Cities, today launched a new initiative that collects and shares actions taken by local U.S. leaders in response to the pandemic. The COVID-19: Local Action Tracker will feature a sortable grid detailing the policy decisions and bold actions that city leaders are making to contain the spread of coronavirus and respond to community impact.

NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund Launched to Support New York City Nonprofit Organizations

The new $75 million fund will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and mid-size nonprofits to help them respond to emerging needs, cover losses associated with the disruption of their operations, and help them continue their critical work.

Michael R. Bloomberg Accelerates Fight Against Global Coronavirus Pandemic

Just days after Mike Bloomberg launched a program to help American mayors improve their coronavirus response, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced additional actions and funding to combat the pandemic on a global scale. The new $40 million global initiative will support immediate action to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with the global health organization Vital Strategies on global response efforts, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), to support lower income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael R. Bloomberg to Help City Leaders Respond to Coronavirus in the United States

Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies, working with partners at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, launched a new program of support to help American mayors respond to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus epidemic.

American Talent Initiative on Track to Goal of 50,000 More Lower-Income Students by 2025

A national alliance of leading colleges and universities is on track to enroll 50,000 more students who receive federal Pell grants by 2025, a new report shows. The findings underscore the importance of the American Talent Initiative’s (ATI) collaborative push to expand opportunity for low- and moderate-income students across the country.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits Additional $240 Million To Prevent Global Road Traffic Deaths

Building on the success of 12 years of investment, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a doubling of its support for global road safety, committing another $240 million from 2020 – 2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent up to 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries around the world. The six-year reinvestment in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety is expected to double its impact to date. Since 2007, the initiative has saved an estimated 312,000 lives and prevented up to 11.5 million injuries. The reinvestment also includes a new awards competition to shine a light on low- and middle-income countries that have made exemplary progress in road safety.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Twenty-One European Cities to Join New Digital Innovation Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the 21 European capital cities that will participate in a new initiative aimed at accelerating digital innovation to improve critical services and deliver better results for residents. The goal of the program is to help European cities deliver high-impact digital services, and share lessons learned with cities around the rest of the world.