Skip Navigation


New Speakers Announced for Inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit, November 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C.

Christy Turlington Burns, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, Journalist Judy Woodruff, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley

Members of the media who wish to attend should register online by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2018 — Additional speakers are being announced today for the inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit, which will be held November 29 and 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Christy Turlington Burns will participate in a conversation about the importance of ensuring maternal and infant health in order to create strong, vibrant communities; Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy will join student activists for a conversation about gun violence prevention.

The Summit will be hosted by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, created in 2016 with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative works to tackle some of the most critical challenges to public health in the United States. The Summit will bring together innovators and policymakers from around the country who are working in the five areas where the Initiative focuses its work: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Risks to Adolescent Health, Violence, and Obesity and the Food System.

“The Summit comes at a critical time for public health in our nation,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Life expectancy in the United States has declined for two years in a row, a grim milestone last reached more than 50 years ago. I believe that the type of public health leadership and innovation we will see at the Summit can help the nation change this trajectory—and help Americans live longer, healthier lives.”

The 2018 Summit theme is “From Local Action to National Impact: Overcoming Challenges and Improving Health.” Attendees will include national leaders, policymakers, innovators and collaborators from a wide range of fields and disciplines. 

New speakers include:

Previously announced speakers include:

Tune into the Summit via livestream at

Follow along on Twitter using #BloombergHealthSummit.

Media contacts: Dori Henry at 410-614-2564 or and Barbara Benham at 410-614-6029 or

# # #

For additional questions about the Bloomberg American Health Summit, please contact Dori Henry, 410-614-2564 or and Jean Weinberg, 212-205-0247 or

About the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 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. The Initiative has set out to train a new generation of professionals committed to improving public health nationwide, awarding 50 full-tuition scholarships for Master of Public Health degrees and 10 full-tuition scholarships for Doctor of Public Health degrees each year. For more information, visit

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit or follow us on FacebookInstagramSnapchat, and Twitter.