Tag: Health care

How important healthcare access is to personal financial health

– A new paper analyzing the link between personal financial security and access to health insurance found that the Affordable Care Act has helped boost the financial health of low-income citizens. (Citylab, 12/4)

Health insurance helps people avoid huge out-of-pocket medical costs. And preventative care helps people avoid lost wages from missing work, a big part of the benefit for low-income households. But health insurance also helps prevent the cascade of financial damage that unpaid medical bills can inflict, by preserving credit scores.

School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction (NPR, 12/5)

RACIAL EQUITY | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, shares with a new audience, Washington Monthly readers, the origins of the Putting Racism on the Table Series and its impact on philanthropy. Read it here. (Daily, 12/5)

MARYLAND | Nancy Navarro, who was recently elected for a second term as president of Montgomery County Council, outlines her priorities for the county. (WaPo, 12/4)

– The Heising-Simons Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Foundation Center are launching an effort to map the last ten years of philanthropic giving in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. (PND Blog, 12/4)

Report: 60 percent of graduates sampled in Md. school system excessively absent (WaPo, 12/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY | How the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s outreach team is working to address the K2 epidemic the city is experiencing. (WAMU, 12/4)

BUDGET | In Battle Over The Funds From Online Sales Taxes, Cutting Commercial Property Taxes Wins Out Over Homeless Services (DCist, 12/4)

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31 percent of US households struggle to pay their energy bills

ENVIRONMENT | A newly released report by the Energy Information Administration found that in 2015, almost one in five households had to reduce food, medicine and other necessities to pay their energy bill in the US. Most of the households impacted were communities of color. (NPR, 9/19)

“We only conduct the Residential Energy Consumption Survey every 4-5 years,” survey manager Chip Berry told NPR by email. “This is the first time in the history of the study (goes back to late ’70s) that we have [measured] energy insecurity across all households, so there’s not much in the way of historical comparison.”

The study found that about half of households experiencing trouble reported income of less than $20,000. More than 40 percent had at least one child.

PUERTO RICO | On the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which claimed the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans, residents are still feeling its impact. (NBC News, 9/20)

WORKFORCE‘Chocolate City’ is now ‘Money City’: The high price D.C. is paying to overturn the public’s will (WaPo, 9/19)

LEGAL AID | According to the DC Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report, DC lawyers performed more pro bono work in 2017 than they did in any previous year. (WTOP, 9/17)

HEALTH CARE | Here’s the latest on Providence hospital’s upcoming closure in D.C. (WBJ, 9/19)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | How resistance against the growing diversity of suburban areas is displayed in the recent case involving the Masterpiece Cakeshop which refused to make a cake for a gay couple. (Citylab, 9/19)

Here’s some inspiration to keep doing the small things you do to make the world a better place.

– Kendra

This employment program is helping DC residents with visual impairments

WORKFORCE | According to 2016 research, District residents over 16 years old with disabilities earned an average of about two-thirds less than their non-disabled counterparts. The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is trying to disrupt this by hosting an employment program for area high school students with visual impairments. (WAMU, 8/16)

This summer, Friedrich joined seven other Washington-area high school students with visual impairments in an employment program run by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB). For three weeks, the students live in Catholic University dorms, work in internships and learn independent living skills. The program’s organizers want to create a path of independence for young people who don’t get many chances to prove their capabilities.

“The goal of the program is for the teens to leave with more confidence, greater self-advocacy skills, more training, and to have a keener sense of what they want to do after high school, what they want to achieve in their career path and what skills they need to make that happen,” said CLB’s Jocelyn Hunter.

HOUSING | JBG Smith and the Federal City Council have partnered the Washington Housing Initiative, intended to preserve affordable homes in the Greater Washington region. (GGWash, 8/22)

PHILANTHROPYHow I Helped Create the Donor-Advised Fund Monster — Inadvertently (Chronicle, 8/22 – Subscription needed)

EDUCATION | Newly released data has found that fewer Virginia students passed statewide tests last year. (WaPo, 8/22)

HEALTH CARE | The administration has approved Maryland’s waiver to create a reinsurance program designed to curb the cost of individual health care insurance premiums. (WaPo, 8/22)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland will enforce its new limits on the toxic wastewater that coal plants can discharge into the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. (WAMU, 8/22)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Managing Director, Finance & Operations | Flamboyan Foundation – New!
Institutional Giving Associate | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence – New!
Director, Institutional Giving | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence – New!
Events Manager | Public Welfare Foundation
Major Gifts Officer | L’Arche Greater Washington D.C.
Manager of Program & Evaluation Services | BoardSource
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
Grant Advisor | Hattie M. Strong Foundation
Grants Associate | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Executive Vice President, Development and Communications | Northern Virginia Family Service
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Northern Virginia Family Service
Adult Education Specialist | BoardSource
Senior Director, Evaluation and Learning | Flamboyan Foundation
Major Gifts Officer | Food & Friends
Executive Director | Gandhi Brigade Youth Media
Membership & Development Director | Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
Associate, Resource Development | Flamboyan Foundation
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Membership Development Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Senior Manager of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Evaluation & Impact Manager | DC Bar Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Madison House Autism Foundation

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How Virginia can decrease its high Black maternal mortality rate

– Across the region, Black mothers are facing high maternal mortality rates due to implicit bias, access to care and other factors. The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has produced a blog exploring how Virginia can continue to support these mothers after Medicaid expansion. (The Half Sheet, 7/2)

Black women more often experience a lower quality of health care compared to their White counterparts. Additionally, the experience of discrimination and the stress associated with it, including while accessing health care, has been shown to lead to poorer health outcomes for mothers and their children during pregnancy.

Medicaid expansion is a massive step forward in improving the lives of nearly 400,000 Virginians, including new mothers. This process can be strengthened by a thoughtful and targeted campaign to enroll and actively provide quality, culturally responsive health care to Black women in Virginia.

– WTOP has published a series of articles documenting the maternal healthcare crisis in DC. (WTOP, 7/13)

CSR | Congratulations to WRAG members Capital One, Citigroup, DeloitteIBM, and Wells Fargo for being named as 2018 Civic 50 Honorees! (Points of Light, 7/16)

HOMELESSNESS | So Others Might Eat has partnered with Terrapin Pharmacy to bring technology-based healthcare services to the District’s homeless population to help those who struggle with taking their medication. (Street Sense Media, 7/13)

PUBLIC SAFETYGun Violence Doesn’t Break For Summer. Neither Do These Student Activists. (WAMU, 7/12)

TRANSIT | Metro workers are considering whether to strike this week after a labor dispute with management. (WaPo, 7/15)

HOUSINGBen Carson says he’s raising rents to put poor Americans to work. But in the District, the majority are either elderly, disabled or already at work. (WaPo, 7/13)

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How the new citizenship question will impact Langley Park

2020 CENSUS  | Langley Park, MD has one of the highest percentage of noncitizen residents in any US city: 80% of the men and over 50% of the women. Residents, advocates, and lawmakers are all concerned about how the addition of a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census will impact their community. (WaPo, 4/16)

The decision to include the question has generated alarm in ethnic media and in states where many noncitizens live. Even though it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share information with other federal agencies, immigrants’ advocates say some fear the question — coming as President Trump has vowed to aggressively enforce immigration laws — will be used to find and deport them. If those immigrants therefore refuse to fill out the census survey, it could trigger an undercount that would deprive jurisdictions — including those that voted for Trump — of a share of political power and federal funds for roads, bridges and schools.

RACIAL EQUITY | In the second session of WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington’s Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series, Dr. Robin DiAngelo discussed the way race shapes the lives of white people, why it is so hard for white people to see racism, and common white racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards racial equity.  Click here to watch the video and download the accompanying discussion and viewing guides.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/PHILANTHROPY | Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation, asks why the #MeToo movement hasn’t come to the philanthropic sector and urges grantmakers to increase funding for gender-based violence. (PND Blog, 4/16)

– Today, the Montgomery County Council will vote on whether to award funding to the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to provide legal services to immigrants facing deportation. (WaPo, 4/16)

– A federal judge has banned a new Justice Department policy that rewarded local police departments for increased cooperation with ICE. (NextCity, 4/16)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland’s ACA exchange moves forward with plan to lower premiums, stabilize insurance marketplace (WBJ, 4/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Armed with the belief that if police officers knew black history it may help them better police black communities, the Metropolitan Police Department is requiring a mandatory training course on black history for its officers. (Washingtonian, 4/16)

Related: Dr. Bernard Demczuk, retired professor from George Washington University, is one of two people teaching this course on critical race theory to police officers. Watch Dr. Demczuk discuss DC’s racial history at the kick off of this year’s Putting Racism on the Table series here.

EDUCATIONLimited School Funding Can Lead to the Misuse of Extra Resources for Low-Income Students: A Closer Look at ‘At-Risk’ Funds (DCFPI, 4/13)

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This website can tell you the Indigenous history of the area you live in.

– Kendra

Why increasing police presence won’t lead to less gun violence

PUBLIC SAFETY | As new laws meant to address gun violence in the US are being proposed and passed, such as increasing police presence in schools, some argue that lawmakers and others have not considered the potential impact on people of color, especially since police officers have shot and killed Black individuals, and continue to, with virtually no consequences. (Atlantic, 4/6)

The guiding principles of American gun-control advocacy are that there are simply too many guns, that those guns are too capable of mass carnage, and that if fewer people—especially people who exhibit a proclivity to use them for violence—had those guns would likely make everyone safer. This is undeniably so in some black and brown neighborhoods, where homicides have spiked or remained elevated, bucking national long-term trends.

But many of those with little direct experience of such neighborhoods fail to understand how the ubiquity of guns everywhere becomes a rationale for police to employ lethal force in some places, and why a turn towards confiscation will inevitably lead to a cascade of more people killed the way Stephon Clark was. Advocates also generally fail to grapple with their role in empowering heavily armed citizens with a proclivity to use those arms—on themselves, against intimate partners, and against black and brown persons—to go on patrol.

DEVELOPMENT | The Montgomery County Planning Board has created an interactive tool to help residents and others track development in Bethesda, MD. (Urban Turf, 4/2)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Virgina schools will now include education on how to recognize and prevent child abuse in its family life education curriculum. (InsideNOVA, 4/5)

GIVINGCorporate Giving Is Tax-Exempt Lobbying, Report Suggests (PND Blog, 4/6)

ENVIRONMENT | A survey conducted by the Bloomberg Philanthropies found that mayors and city managers view climate change as one of their biggest concerns. (Citylab, 4/5)

RACISMHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today. (Slate, 4/2)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed a bill to create a  reinsurance program for Maryland’s health insurance marketplace, which will stop healthcare premiums from spiking. (WAMU, 4/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Assistant to the President | Public Welfare Foundation – New!
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
Grants Management Assistant | Intentional Philanthropy
2018 Summer Intern | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Council on Foundations
Development Director | Critical Exposure
Director, Washington, DC Community | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Director, Engineering Initiatives | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Operations & Grants Manager | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Strategic Partnerships Consultant, Children’s Opportunity Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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– Kendra