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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.

Dec 18, 2019

Adolescence is a time of profound change; it is a period in which young people explore their identities, form new relationships, and lay the groundwork for their future health and wellbeing. These changes can be exciting but can also present great challenges, as adolescents can find themselves overlooked in terms of resources and opportunities, their needs not met by policymakers and decision-makers.

In November 2019, we heard directly from Baltimore youth leaders, as part of a panel discussion titled “The Voice of Youth in Baltimore.” This panel took place during the morning plenary of the second annual Bloomberg American Health Summit, November 12 and 13 in Baltimore. This podcast episode features that panel discussion.

Make sure to listen all the way through, because there’s a special musical performance after the panel concludes that you won’t want to miss.