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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.

Jun 2, 2020

This is the third episode in our special series on the coronavirus crisis, featuring experts talking about the impact of the novel coronavirus in the United States, as seen through the lens of the Initiative’s five focus areas.

Today, we’re rebroadcasting an episode of Public Health on Call, a podcast produced by the Bloomberg School of Public Health that offers science and evidence-based insights on the novel coronavirus. This episode—originally broadcast on May 21, 2020—focuses on harm reduction: how COVID-19 is impacting sex workers and people who use drugs, and why caring for these populations is so important.

It features a conversation between Colleen Barry, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School, and Susan Sherman, a professor at the Bloomberg School whose work focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations, particularly that of drug users and sex workers.