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Bloomberg American Health Initiative

A Message from former Dean Michael J. Klag

Thank you for your interest in finding out more about the Bloomberg American Health Initiative—an unprecedented collaboration of world-renowned faculty, community organizations and future public health leaders. Our ambitious goal: Improve American health, from coast to coast, with evidenced-based solutions.

Dean Klag Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87
Former Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

At the Bloomberg School, we are fortunate to carry the name of a public health hero and a generous benefactor, Michael R. Bloomberg. Now, to mark our Centennial, he has once more demonstrated his commitment to our School and, to public health, by making a gift of $300 million. This magnificent act of philanthropy will ensure that our School will have even greater impact in our second century than in our first.

This remarkable gift creates the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and enables us to focus on some of the most important health issues facing the U.S.: addiction and overdose, risks to adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence. The Bloomberg School is already very active in each of these areas, with our current work serving as a foundation for this groundbreaking effort.

We will establish a network of public health practitioners, organizations and researchers to gain insight and make progress on each of these difficult challenges. A Biennial Summit will highlight research outcomes, best practices and solutions for communities across the nation. This remarkable gift launches our next century. With it comes a humbling responsibility. Yet I’m also thrilled by the opportunity and challenges it creates.

With Mike Bloomberg’s help and yours, I have no doubt we will continue to succeed in our quest to protect health and save lives—millions at a time—here in America and all over the world.

Michael J. Klag

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH '87
Former Dean
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health