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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.

Nov 20, 2019

The problem of gun violence is complex, and no single policy will solve it - but we do have strong scientific evidence for policies that work. On September 23, 2019, the American Public Health Association and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative co-hosted a forum called Policies That Work to Reduce Gun Violence,...


Oct 29, 2019

On October 21, 2019, three major drug distributors and a generic-drug manufacturer reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties, to avoid the first federal opioid trial, which was set to begin later that day. That first trial was expected to serve as a bellwether for the thousands of other lawsuits, filed by...


Sep 30, 2019

An extreme risk protection order, or ERPO, is a civil order issued by a court that prevents a person at risk of violence to self or others from purchasing or possessing guns while the order is in place. Studies of ERPOs in Connecticut and Indiana suggest that these orders are effective at preventing suicide. September...


Sep 29, 2019

Almost 3 out of 4 people who attempt suicide have visited their primary care doctor in the month before their attempt, but it’s only recently that clinicians have started to receive training to screen for suicide risk among their patients. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the American Health Podcast...


Sep 27, 2019

One of the most troubling suicide statistics is the increase in suicides seen among young people. In 2016, suicide became the second-leading cause of death for ages 10 to 34. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the American Health Podcast is marking this important time with a series of podcasts focusing...