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Vital Strategies Congratulates Michael R. Bloomberg on Presidential Medal of Freedom

May 6, 2024 (New York) —On May 3, 2024, Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Joe Biden. The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to world peace, the prosperity, values or security of the U.S., or other significant societal, public or private endeavors.

José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies said: 

“We congratulate Michael R. Bloomberg on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which recognizes his outstanding leadership as an entrepreneur, mayor and philanthropist.

The pursuit of good health requires intentional effort and unwavering dedication; we must prioritize and protect it. As founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mike has demonstrated that with focus, generosity and determination, significant strides towards good health can be achieved, and rapid advancements in public health are within reach.

Mike’s visionary initiatives to address today’s most prevalent health challenges have led to tangible improvements in the U.S. and around the world. From addressing noncommunicable diseases to pioneering overdose prevention efforts in the U.S. and enhancing data infrastructure, Mike’s work has had a positive impact on millions of lives.

We are grateful for our shared commitment to public health and for Mike’s leadership. He continues to make proven, exemplary contributions to today’s leading health issues, particularly during times that demand optimism and decisive action.

Vital Strategies is a proud partner in several initiatives funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies including Partnership for Healthy Cities, Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, Food Policy Program, Data for Health initiative and Overdose Prevention Initiative.”

About Vital Strategies 

Vital Strategies believes every person should be protected by an equitable and effective public health system. We partner with governments, communities and organizations around the world to reimagine public health so that health is supported in all the places we live, work and play. The result is millions of people living longer, healthier lives.

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