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President Clinton Joins the Bloomberg School's Fight
Against Rx
Drug Abuse Epidemic

For President Clinton, fighting the nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse and misuse has become personal. At a Bloomberg School town hall meeting, he shared a tragic story that's all too familiar in the U.S.

“Within a 10-day period two young men whom I knew died in their sleep after drinking five or six beers and popping an Oxycontin” he told attendees of Prescription Drug Abuse: Evidence Informing Action. “I wondered how many people are dying, whether from addiction or ignorance, and we began to do what we could.”

President Clinton was joined by a distinguished panel of experts at the May 13, 2014 event to kick off a partnership between the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the School to bring public health expertise to practical action. “There are a lot of lives riding on this,” added Clinton.

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The Dean Goes On The Road

Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH '87, logged thousands of miles this year, building relationships and carrying the message of public health.

At the World Health Summit’s Latin America regional meeting in Brazil, he met with health leaders for talks on policy and health system reform and public health training and research. And in Ethiopia, he attended the International Conference on Family Planning, co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health. An impressive contingent of faculty, students and alumni joined him in Addis Ababa to present research at the conference, attended by 4,000 people.

At the School’s Baltimore campus, Dean Klag hosted 31 fellow deans from Chinese schools of public health for a series of information exchanges.

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Global Health NOW

In May 2014, the Bloomberg School of Public Health made it a lot easier to keep up with global public health news, with the launch of Global Health NOW, a daily summary of need-to-know stories from the global health beat.

Every weekday morning, Global Health NOW delivers news and commentary curated by our expert editorial team to professionals in government, academia, philanthropy, industry, NGOs and the media.

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NIH Funds $15 Million
Renovation of Labs

With a $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Bloomberg School completed a sweeping renovation of the North Wing laboratories.

Building on decades of research into health and productive workspaces, the labs feature large windows, reflective surfaces to distribute natural light, open and flexible layouts to encourage collaboration and green support systems that minimize energy use, creating an environment to support the next generation of lifesaving discoveries in public health.

The project also earned Gold Certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).

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A 15-Year Focus on Family Planning

At the 15th anniversary celebration of the Bloomberg School-based Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, William H. Gates Sr. recalled the discussions with faculty in 1999 that opened his eyes to the urgent family planning needs in the developing world.

“We wanted to know about the biggest inequalities in the world and what was being done to address them … so we sought advice from experts at Johns Hopkins, who had a longstanding commitment to improve lives on a grand scale and a reputation for rigor and excellence,” said Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the May 21, 2014, event.

Among the Institute’s accomplishments on behalf of global equality in family planning: the training of 1,000 Gates Institute Scholars in 30 countries, 7 academic research centers in 6 countries and the publication of 365 studies by Institute faculty.

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Celebrating 100 Years of
Micronutrients and Health

On December 3, 2013, the School hosted a symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of vitamins.

Presented as part of the 7th annual George G. Graham Lectureship, it featured a keynote address by Bruce Ames, PhD, senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and director of its Nutrition and Metabolism Center. The event also featured faculty presentations on immunology, biochemistry and nutrition, and experts from the USDA, NIH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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A Focus on Autism and
Developmental Disabilities

On October 15, 2013, the Bloomberg School launched the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities with an inaugural symposium.

Named after Dean Michael J. Klag’s late wife, the Center will unify and expand current research and education efforts across public health disciplines. It will serve as a hub for investigators, students and families to work together to tackle the pressing public health challenges presented by autism and developmental disabilities.

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