Luminaries Celebrate 100 Years of Saving Lives

Sirleaf, Bloomberg, Couric at Bloomberg Hopkins Awards
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To celebrate the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centennial, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and 3-term New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honored global health luminaries from around the world at an event in New York last night.

The Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Awards event, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Bloomberg School Dean Michael J. Klag, honored visionary leaders including:

Bono, lead singer of U2 and Co-founder of ONE and (RED)

Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization

Dr. Peter Piot, the Director and Handa Professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

President of the Republic of Liberia Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

His Excellency Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay

Emceed by Katie Couric and featuring speakers including Vice President Joe Biden and CDC director Tom Frieden, the lively event culminated with the presentation of the Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award to Tolbert Nyenswah. This $100,000 award is presented to a current Bloomberg School student or alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional and inspiring public health practice and/or research.

Nyenswah, Liberia’s deputy minister of Health and Social Welfare and a 2012 MPH graduate of the School, led his country’s remarkable turnaround of the Ebola outbreak. (See GHN’s August 2014 interview and January 2015 Q&A with Nyenswah.)

The event followed last week’s announcement of a $300 million gift by Michael R. Bloomberg to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the School.

“For 100 years, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been the single most influential and important school of public health in the world,” said Bloomberg. “Its past and present graduates, faculty, and administrators perform difficult and often thankless work, not for money or fame, but to live up to the school’s motto – saving lives, millions at a time. My involvement with Hopkins and its school of public health has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health was founded in 1916, making it the first independent graduate school of public health. In 2001, the School was renamed for Bloomberg in recognition of his support for Johns Hopkins University and commitment to the field of public health. More information about the School’s Centennial year is available here.

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Bill Godshall
September 20, 2016

Nothing like accepting hundreds of millions of dollars from vaping prohibitionist Michael Bloomberg (whose last act of NYC Mayor was to protect cigarettes by banning the use of lifesaving vapor products in virtually all workplaces and public places), and then honor him and fellow vapor prohibitionists/propagandists Tom Frieden and Margaret Chan and Tom Frieden (who have made many false fear mongering claims to lobby for cigarette protecting vapor sales bans in the US and worldwide) to celebrate public health.

FDA's Deeming Regulation bans the sale of all lifesaving vapor products (that have helped millions of smokers quit smoking) in the US on August 8, 2018, while cigarettes will remain legal, inexpensive and as deadly as ever.

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