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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.

May 5, 2020

This is the second episode in our special American Health Podcast series, 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 talking about the crisis is affecting young people, and how one outreach program in Baltimore is adapting to keep youth connected to their supportive network. Guests are:

  • Tamar Mendelson, Bloomberg Professor of American Health and Director of the Center for Adolescent Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health;
  • Joni Holifield, founder and president of HeartSmiles, a youth leadership and entrepreneurship program based in Baltimore
  • Isaiah Thomas, a 20-year-old who lives in Baltimore and is involved in HeartSmiles

*This episode was recorded in March and April, and some information may have changed as a result of this rapidly developing situation.