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Bloomberg receives award for promotion of health in NYC and nation
Date:10/22/2007

Boston, MA- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City has been named the 2007 recipient of the Julius B. Richmond Award, the highest honor given by Harvard School of Public Health.

With a series of bold initiatives that recognize public health as a core municipal responsibility and opportunity, Mayor Bloomberg has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in protecting and promoting the health of New York Citys residents. Operating at the level of government where public health knowledge can be translated into practices that directly affect entire communities, Mayor Bloomberg has utilized city regulatory authority and communications campaigns through the City Health Department to mount highly visible and successful efforts at both improving the health and safety of the environment in which New Yorkers live and supporting community-based actions that promote individual behavior change for healthier living. His public health initiatives, in the worlds highest-profile city, have emboldened public health efforts in other municipalities both here and abroad.

From restaurants to school yards to streets, Mayor Bloomberg has impacted the health of millions of citizens with initiatives on issues including tobacco use, gun violence and unhealthy fats. He has been especially mindful of reducing the disparities in health status that separate various communities in the five boroughs in the Take Care New York program to reduce preventable illness and death.

The Richmond Award recognizes those who carry forth the vision of former U.S. Surgeon General and Harvard emeritus professor Julius B. Richmond, who provided innovative leadership to protect vulnerable populations, children, and all Americans. He issued the momentous Report on Tobacco that changed U.S. policies, set targets for the health of the American public with Healthy People 2000 and was the first national director of the Head Start Program.

Mayor Bloomberg and Dr. Julius B. Rich
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Contact: Robin Herman
rherman@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-4752
Harvard School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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