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The American Health Podcast is created by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative works to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to public health in the United States: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health and Violence. Visit www.jhsph.edu/BAHI to learn more.

Jun 4, 2019

In this episode, we have a candid conversation with one of the nation’s most influential leaders in public health – Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of American Public Health Association (APHA).  We discuss the politics of current health issues and the special challenge of working for health equity in...


Mar 12, 2019

In this episode, we talk with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Colleen Bridger about steps the city is taking to improve health.  We discuss how and why the city has embraced CityHealth, a national effort to advance evidence-based policies at the city level.


Nov 15, 2018

Two years ago, in the face of grim news that life expectancy in the United States was declining, Bloomberg Philanthropies gave the school of public health a transformational gift to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. The goal was straightforward but daunting: use the tools of public health to address some...


Oct 11, 2018

In the national debate over gun laws, we frequently hear calls for universal background checks, which would close loopholes that exist in some states by extending background check requirements to private sales of firearms. But another policy that goes a step further has stronger evidence behind it: permit-to purchase...


Jun 4, 2018

Professor Tom Burke took some time away from his work at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to serve as the EPA’s science adviser and assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development under President Obama. He has also served as the deputy commissioner of health for New Jersey, and...