A new guide to increasing the health of District residents

HEALTH |  District Mayor Muriel Bowser recently released the city’s Health Systems Plan, which is a guide to help promote the health and well-being of residents. It also helps the city decide where to focus resources in healthcare systems. (WaPo, 9/19)

The District’s poorest residents are still forced to travel far outside their neighborhoods for their health care, according to a report released Tuesday by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.

Less than 25 percent of Medicaid patients living east of the Anacostia River see a primary-care doctor in their Zip code. Despite efforts to expand services in Wards 7 and 8, many still call 911 emergency services for their basic health needs. And residents needing specialty care must commute downtown where most of the medical specialists are clustered.

YOUTH/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | After a Washington Post investigation into the District’s Youth Rehabilitation Act, changes have been proposed to the law. (WaPo, 9/18)

WORKFORCEThere’s An Under-The-Radar Fight Going On In D.C. Over How Much Restaurant Workers Should Be Paid (WAMU, 9/19)

PHILANTHROPY | A new report by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors analyzing how funders can support transformative change to social problems, found that providing multi-year, unrestricted funding to grantees will help them stay focused on their mission. (Chronicle, 9/19 – Subscription needed)

IMMIGRATION | The Arlington County Board has granted $100,000 to Legal Aid Justice Center to fund emergency immigration legal aid services for undocumented immigrants, mixed status families, and refugees. (DCist, 9/19)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Montgomery County is planning to open a secure visitation and exchange center so that ex-partners who may have protective orders can safely leave their children for visits. (Bethesda Beat, 9/18)

– Housing inequity persists in Fairfax County, VA. According to a new report, there’s two different housing markets in the region: one for black buyers and renters and one for everyone else. (WTOP, 9/19)

– Inclusionary Zoning Will Only Get Better Thanks to Administrative Fixes (DCFPI, 9/19)

The DC Chinese Film Festival starts this week!

– Kendra