[News 12/3/07] Health Disparities in Maryland

[Md.] “The increasing diversity of three of Maryland’s largest counties is exacerbating already serious health disparities within communities, according to a new report…” (WaPo, 12/1) Report: “Partnering Toward a Healthier Future”

[D.C.] Ward 8’s only full-service supermarket to open soon (WaPo, 12/1)

Youth Supervision, D.C.-Style (WaPo, 12/1) – Colbert King returns.

“Remarkable turnout” at Freddie Mac Foundation [WG member] Adoption Expo (WaTimes, 12/2)

In “The Graffiti of the Philanthropic Class,” Charles Isherwood takes foundations to task for “requiring that their names be slapped somewhere” on a building and pines for the good old days of funder anonymity (NYTimes, 11/2). To which I must ask, is it so terrible that Carnegie Hall is so-named? It takes money to do important (and beautiful) things; it doesn’t hurt for people to know where it comes from. This sector has faults, but I don’t think being overly-transparent is one of them. As it is, only 12 percent of Americans can name even one foundation, which is not a healthy situation for a sector to be in. More anonymity would not be a good development.

Profile: Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle (Urbanite, 12/7 issue)

When It Comes to AIDS, a Tale of Two Washingtons (WaPo, 12/2)
Metro TeenAIDS event “blends music, screening” (WaPo, 12/2) – Metro TeenAIDS is a Washington AIDS Partnership grantee.
$28.5 million gift from the Gates Foundation to Eastern Virginia Medical School targets HIV. (WaPo, 12/1)

Administration’s style upsets Council (WaPo, 12/3)
Ward 5 Questions Why Area is Hardest Hit (WaPo, 12/2)
– WaPo: “Let the Chancellor Lead” (12/2)

– Nick

2 thoughts on “[News 12/3/07] Health Disparities in Maryland”

  1. Thanks for today’s cup of fresh roasted WRAG latte. As always, helpful and fun.

    Still, gotta push back a little on the downplaying of Isherwood’s tongue-in-cheek NYT article. Sure, on the one hand he is in danger of becoming the crank who objects to the skybox at the new stadium, or perhaps to the demise of the top hat which, by gum, was good enough for his grandfather. On the other hand, the Cassidy and Associates Coat Room? In an age of the Pew Center for New Stuff, the Kaiser Family Foundation/CBS/Roper ASW poll of 12 people’s opinions on charter schooling, and the MCI, um, Verizon Center, one might be forgiven a longing for the civic glory of an industry titan making it possible for us to have the MLK Library in DC or the Philadelphia Free Library rather than the McKinsey & Company Community Park. People remember Mr. Carnegie, who gave grants to establish libraries, most of which did not bear his name. Maybe because he gave them something that was theirs, rather than his. I suspect that Isherwood is also reacting to the all-too-obvious fact that as we back away from the commonweal we have got to turn to the Me Generation to pick up the collective slack and they want to know what’s in it for them, apart from the good theatre, good company, city center rejuvination, and youth/education outreach I mean.

  2. Did it strike you as tongue-in-cheek? I thought it seemed snarky, but serious.

    I dunno… would we remember Carnegie if he’d done *all* his giving anonymously? (Flip side, I guess, is: Would it matter if we didn’t?)

    The Coat Room may seem a little ridiculous, but I see plaques on benches on my neighborhood jogging trail in memory of this person and that person and I think, hey, that’s kind of nice. A different situation, I know, but I don’t see a problem with naming things after donors. It lets people know how a building/experience came to be. (“It’s not your tax dollars, and it’s not [entirely] the ticket you bought. It’s because of someone’s generosity.]

    Maybe they got too gimicky. Does that sort of thing originate in the fundraising side? I can’t imagine a funder saying “We absolutely must get the coat room!” :)

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