Bloomberg American Health Summit Kicks Off Tuesday Nov. 12 in Baltimore

Summit to focus on five critical challenges to health in the U.S., in light of declining life expectancy


Newswise — After years of progress, the average life expectancy in the U.S. has been on the decline for three consecutive years. The second annual Bloomberg American Health Summit—taking place November 12 and 13, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland—will bring together national leaders, policymakers, advocates, and innovators from across the country to share new knowledge and evidence-based practices around five focus areas implicated in reducing U.S. life expectancy: addiction and overdose, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence. 

The Summit is an annual convening hosted by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative was launched in 2016 in response to declining life expectancy in the U.S., with the goal of addressing some of the country’s most critical health challenges. The Initiative also administers the Bloomberg Fellows Program, which provides full-tuition scholarships for public health graduate degrees at the Bloomberg School of Public Health to professionals whose work aligns with that of the Initiative.

The Summit is invitation-only, but the Nov. 12 plenary will be livestreamed. The Nov. 12 morning plenary is open to press.

Speakers at the Nov. 12 morning plenary will include: Kelly Henning, public health program lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Henry Waxman, chairman of Waxman Strategies and former U.S. Congressman; Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization at the National Wildlife Federation; Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for Health of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Carl Pope, principal of Inside Straight Strategies, and Stacey Stewart, president and chief executive officer of March of Dimes.

Speakers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will include Ellen MacKenzie, Bloomberg School Dean; Joshua Sharfstein, director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and vice dean of the School; and Michelle Spencer, associate director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. 

What:             
The second annual Bloomberg American Health Summit

Where:           
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD

When:            
November 12 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (livestream 8:30 a.m. – noon)
November 13 – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The 2019 Summit has a focus on the Bloomberg Fellows. The afternoon of Nov. 12 and morning of Nov. 13 will feature breakout sessions for the Fellows, with networking and skill-building opportunities. Bloomberg Fellows enroll in the Master of Public Health (MPH) or Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health with the support of their employer. 

The Summit will take place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. 

For additional questions about the Bloomberg American Health Summit, please contact Marianne Amoss, 410-614-1892 or mamoss@jhu.edu or Jean Weinberg, 332-201-0508 or jean@bloomberg.org.

Agenda - Tuesday, Nov. 12 Morning Plenary

This agenda is embargoed and subject to change.                                                                       

8:30 AM - Keynotes & Panel Discussions, Maryland Ballroom C–D 

Welcome

Ronald J. Daniels - President, Johns Hopkins University
Allison Jaffin - Head of Operations, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Joshua Sharfstein - Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Michelle Spencer - Associate Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Addiction & Overdose Introduction

Eric Harkness - Bloomberg Fellow and Director of the Office of Health Policy, Tennessee Department of Health 

The Story of Karli

Kama Einhorn - Writer and Editor of Children’s Media, Sesame Workshop

Policing and Harm Reduction

Introduced by: Susan Sherman - Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Moderated by: Monica Bharel - Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Panelists:
Neill Franklin - Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Allie Hunter - Executive Director, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
Devin Reaves - Co-founder and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition

Using Big Data to Reduce Overdoses

Featuring: Brendan Saloner - Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Environmental Challenges Introduction

Jennifer Spiller - Bloomberg Fellow and Direct Services Program Manager, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

The Principles of Environmental Justice

Mustafa Santiago Ali - Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation 

The Practice of Environmental Justice with Q&A

Moderator: Daniel Kass - Senior Vice President, Environmental Health, Vital Strategies

Panelists:
Mustafa Santiago Ali - Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation
Aisha Dickerson - Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Della Wright - Evaluator, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

A Conversation on Climate Change

Introduced by: Leah Ford - Bloomberg Fellow and Researcher, Food & Water Watch

In conversation:
Carl Pope - Principal, Inside Straight Strategies
Henry Waxman - Chairman, Waxman Strategies 

Adolescent Health Introduction

Nicholas Pisca - Bloomberg Fellow and Strategic Initiatives and Policy Impact Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

The Threat of Vaping to Adolescent Health

Introduced by: Kelly Henning - Public Health Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Keynote:   Joneigh Khaldun - Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

The Voice of Youth in Baltimore

Introduced by: Wadezah McCullough - Bloomberg Fellow and Site Administrator, Montefiore School Health Program

Moderator:
Nadine Gracia - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trust for America’s Health

Panelists:
James Gaither - HeartSmiles and Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Board
Joni Hollifield - Founder and President, HeartSmiles
Jemira Queen - HeartSmiles and Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Board

Performance: “Still Standing”

Young Elder - HeartSmiles and Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Board

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Program Resumes

Obesity and the Food System Introduction

Ashley Hickson - Bloomberg Fellow and Regional Community Impact Director, American Heart Association

Sweetened Beverage Taxes: A Policy that Works

Featuring:
Christina Roberto - Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Food Systems in Indigenous Contexts

Introduced by:   David Peters - Academic Director, Alliance for a Healthier World, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

In conversation:
Tara Houska - Founder, Ginew
Melissa Walls - Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Power of Growing Food

Introduced by: Cheryl Bettigole - Director, Get Healthy Philly
Keynote: Karen Washington - Farmer and Co-owner, Rise and Root Farm

Violence Introduction

Amanda Capitummino - Bloomberg Fellow and Communications and Evaluation Specialist, Sitkans Against Family Violence

ERPO: Preventing Gun Violence and Saving Lives

Featuring: Shannon Frattaroli - Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Health Solutions to Violence

Introduced by: Gary Slutkin - Founder and CEO, Cure Violence Global
Moderator: Thomas Abt - Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University

Panelists:
A.T. Mitchell - Founder and Executive Director, ManUp! Inc. New York
Sandi Timmons - Executive Director, House of Ruth Maryland
James “J.T.” Timpson - Director of Safety and Community Partnerships, Roca Baltimore

Reflections & Maternal Health Introduction

Ellen MacKenzie
- Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

How Data Sparks Change: New Jersey’s Maternal Health Report Card

Moderator:
Andrea McDaniels - Editorial Writer, Baltimore Sun

Panelists:
Andreea Creanga - Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Judith M. Persichilli - Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
Stacey D. Stewart - President and CEO, March of Dimes

Conclusion

Joshua Sharfstein - Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Michelle Spencer - Associate Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative

 

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