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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 to learn more.

Jan 26, 2022

When children miss too much school it can negatively impact their health and set back their life potential. In Washington, D.C., pediatricians have partnered with public schools to get students back in the classroom. Andrea K. McDaniels, Director of Communications for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, talks with two leaders at Children’s National Hospital about the innovative program to share absenteeism data with pediatricians: Dr. Danielle Dooley, a pediatrician and Medical Director of Community Affairs, and Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Vice President of Community Engagement, Advocacy, and Government Affairs. The Chronic Absenteeism Reduction Effort (CARE) is a high-impact project of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.