CareFirst teams with YMCA for youth fitness…Surprising facts about race…House cuts D.C. funding by ten percent [News, 6.24.11]

YOUTH | CareFirst awarded at $500,000 three-year grant to the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to continue a youth fitness program that has reached 61,500 District youth since 2008.

COMMUNITY | Earlier this week, I linked to an article that said class, rather than race, was dividing the District. Terri Freeman, president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, left a comment saying that the keynote speaker at their recent annual meeting “made it clear that race and class are too closely linked to talk about one without the other.”

Here’s an interesting follow up to the Community Foundation’s annual meeting – titled Putting Race on the Table – where a panel of experts was asked to share surprising facts about race. (WAMU, 6/22)

EDUCATION
– At an Arlington school, parents “sing praises” of a year-round school schedule. An article about Bancroft Elementary weighs pros and cons. (WAMU, 6/24) The kids, on the other hand, sing Alice Cooper.

– Retiring Montgomery County Superintendent Jerry D. Weast has recommended approval of the county’s first charter school – Community Montessori Public Charter School intended to be opened in Kensington in 2012. (WaPo, 6/24)

BUDGET | On top of yesterday’s news about lowered revenue projections, the District might also have to contend with a 10 percent cut in federal funding. The House Appropriations Committee approved a $62 million reduction to funding for D.C. courts, school construction, and the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program, among other things. The bill keeps the rider preventing the city from spending on abortions, though allows medical marijuana and needle-exchange. (WaPo, 6/24)

HIV/AIDS | Homeless women in the region are 150% more likely to suffer from HIV/AIDS than the general population. (WaPo, 6/23)

HEALTH | On the subject of race, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds that black men in America have a higher survival rate in prison than outside. The most likely reason? “Health care for many black men in America is so poor that they actually get better care in prison.” (io9, 6/24)

Related: In the article about the Community Foundation’s annual meeting above, Margaret O’Bryon of the Consumer Health Foundation discusses racial health disparities in D.C.


Happy Friday, folks. Hope you enjoy the last weekend of June?! Can’t quite believe that next weekend is the Fourth of July.

If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, tickets are still available for a concert featuring Ozomatli and the NSO at the Kennedy Center – a decidedly unusual but exciting combination. Ozo puts on a fantastic live show.