PUBLIC SAFETY | Between 2016 and 2017, Kaiser Permanente‘s doctors treated more than 11,000 gunshot wounds. Citing the impact of gun violence on its patients, the health system has announced that it would invest $2 million in gun violence research. It will create a task force to identify main priorities for research and award funding for studies. (WaPo, 4/9)
Kaiser Permanente officials said they will use the initial $2 million to identify what new studies and data would help most and what interventions its doctors and hospitals could adopt to reduce gun deaths and injury.
The size of Kaiser’s system and its role as a primary health provider presents a unique chance for research, said Garen Wintemute, a leading gun-violence researcher at the University of California at Davis. “Their detailed patient data allow them to conduct research that simply can’t be performed in other settings. One possibility: Kaiser would be an ideal setting for research on how best to integrate firearm violence prevention into patient care.”
GENDER GAP | A new study has found that women in Maryland, who are employed full-time, earn $10,074 on average less than men. (Baltimore Sun, 4/9)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | DC Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce legislation today to lower the city’s voting age to 16. If this bill passes, DC would be joining three Maryland cities who already allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote. (WaPo, 4/9)
HEALTH CARE | Opinion: Will Virginia finally do the right thing for 400,000 people desperate for health care? (WaPo, 4/9)
IMMIGRATION | Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the creation of “sanctuary cities” in the state. (WaPo, 4/9)
CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY | The Washington Business Journal is now accepting applications for its 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Awards, which recognizes the top corporate philanthropists in the Greater Washington region. Learn more
WORKFORCE | Room to Reflect: The Small-But-Growing Set of Funders Paying for Nonprofit Sabbaticals (Inside Philanthropy, 4/3)
Related: Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, wrote about the value of sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders last year.
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