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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.

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...


Apr 30, 2018

A community's health and quality of life depends on access to healthy food. But in too many communities across the country, that access is limited. In order to effectively address this issue, we have to fully understand it. In Baltimore, city officials for a number of years have partnered with the Center for a Livable...


Feb 23, 2018

In 2016, more than 42,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdoses. A host of complex social, structural and drug-related factors have contributed to the overdose epidemic, but one of the primary factors in recent years is the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Officials are focused on a variety of efforts to...


Jan 10, 2018

In 2016, more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States. That was an increase of more than 20 percent from the previous year, and the  2017 numbers are likely to be worse. At every level of government, policymakers and public health officials are looking for solutions to this problem. And...