[News 12/12/07] Data is great–but better HIV/AIDS education would save lives


reportcardD.C.’s HIV report card: An “A” on data/surveillance, but a “D” for HIV/AIDS education in schools, says a D.C. Appleseed report, funded by a project of Washington Grantmakers. (WaPo, 12/12)

J. Channing Wickham of the Washington AIDS Partnership… cautioned, as does the report, that [better data] is only a beginning. “It does not by itself advance the city’s response to the epidemic,” the report says. Rather, it provides “a much needed new tool for targeting that response.”

Last month, Washington Grantmakers joined community partners in urging the D.C. Board of Education to adopt education standards that include comprehensive HIV prevention information. The message is being heard:

In a statement last night, Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee acknowledged the system’s long-standing failure. “Going forward,” she said, it is “committed to implementing comprehensive health curriculum that includes instruction on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.” The school board is scheduled to vote tomorrow night on the overall standards that would be the initial step toward her goal.

PHILANTHROPY
“So Little Time, So Many Charities to Feed” (NYTimes, 12/12)
“Philanthropy’s Largest Gifts Go to Colleges and Universities” (wire, 12/11)
Is generosity in the genes? (AFP, 12/5)

CORRECTION: On Monday, the WaPo and I both misidentified the funder of Community in Schools’ (CIS) work in Anacostia, Ballou, Eastern and H.D. Woodson high schools. It is WG member World Bank that funds CIS to be in these schools, and funded the resource centers in which they work. (Learn more about World Bank’s East of the River Initiative.)

BUDGETS
[Va.] “Fairfax Faces $220 Million Shortfall… pinching spending …on schools, public safety and human services.” “[T]he number of home foreclosures in Fairfax County has jumped from 198 in 2005 to about 4,000 this year.” [Holy wow.] (WaPo, 12/12)

HEALTH
Profile: Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program – WG member D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. is funding the program’s work in D.C.

ONE REGION
A vote coming today on Greater Washington 2050, a regional planning project led by WG member Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. (Examiner, 12/12)

EDUCATION
[D.C.] “Budget, Council Put Snags in Fenty’s Plans: New Classes Are Delayed; Bill Could Hinder Closings” (WaPo, 12/12) – I don’t know about you, but I find that headline supremely depressing.