HEALTH | A new report from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF) reveals some startling facts about the health and wellness of northern Virginians. While the area is home to some of the most affluent counties in the country, and many people are in very good health, people of all income levels across the area are affected by issues including obesity, lack of dental care, depression, and other mental health problems.
Among the more concerning findings: over a half of adults are obese or overweight; over 25 percent of adults haven’t seen a dentist in two years; and more than 25 percent of youth “reported feeling sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in a row.”
Says Patricia Mathews, NVHF president and CEO (and vice chair of WRAG’s board),
This is a call to action for the region…Improving access to medical care is important, but it’s not enough to make meaningful change in people’s lives. We must work together to address the socioeconomic factors that we know influence how healthy we are, such as improving access to high-quality education, job opportunities, safe neighborhoods, healthy foods, and regular opportunities for physical activity.
LEGAL AID | On the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy blog, Mary McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation (and a WRAG board member), writes about why grantmakers concerned about justice and equity should fund civil legal aide. (NCRP, 5/28)
Related: Mary McClymont on how funders can help the low-income population fight injustice (Daily, 4/1)
BUDGETS | Prince George’s County Council passes budget with no furloughs, education reductions (Examiner, 5/31)
EDUCATION | The Gray administration is working to create a unified lottery process for both charter and traditional public schools for the 2014-15 school year. (WaPo, 5/31)
DISTRICT | This is why you stand in line so long to buy lunch downtown. (Examiner, 5/31)
PHILANTHROPY | Small Foundations Increased Assets and Grants Last Year (Chronicle, 5/29)
I wonder why this never caught on?