N.Y.C. Mayor Receives Harvard Award -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

"Bloomberg has exhibited courageous leadership in championing and implementing a series of public health initiatives that will have a positive impact on millions of New York's citizens' lives,” said Barry R. Bloom, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Bloomberg would have utilised city regulatory authority and communications campaigns through the City Health Department to mount highly visible efforts at improving the health and safety of the environment in which New Yorkers live and supporting community-based actions that promote individual behaviour change for healthier living. His public health initiatives, in the world's highest-profile city, have emboldened public health efforts in other municipalities both here and abroad.

Bloomberg led the successful ban of smoking in New York City bars and restaurants, which along with high taxes on cigarettes, workplace smoking limits and 10 million dollars in anti-smoking TV ads, created the sharpest drop in smokers since record-keeping began in 1993.

In 2006, he made New York the first city in the nation to ban dangerous trans fats in restaurant food. Bloomberg also joined with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to create a coalition of mayors to keep illegal guns off the streets and press for repeal of Tiahrt Amendment that restricts local law enforcement's access to gun tracking data.

Bloomberg created “Opportunity NYC”, the nation's first ‘conditional cash transfer' program for children, adults and families living in poverty. Privately-funded pilot programs award cash incentives to individuals who meet conditions, such as school attendance, aimed at improving education, health and workforce outcomes. Finally, he sharply increased demand for free condoms by branding with official New York City logo, distributing 18 million to combat sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS.

MEDICA.de; Source: Harvard University