Tag: HIV/AIDS

New HIV infections in the District has decreased for the ninth year

HIV/AIDS | According to the District’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration’s annual report, the city’s number of newly diagnosed HIV cases has decreased for the ninth year in a row. Although DC still has a very high number of residents living with HIV, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases have decreased by 73% since 2007. (MetroWeekly, 6/27)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the news, and the release of the annual report, at a press conference at Whitman-Walker Health on Tuesday morning. The announcement coincided with National HIV Testing Day.

“For nine consecutive years, the District has been able to work together with the community to decrease the number of new HIV cases,” Mayor Bowser said. “We know we have more work to do, but this data is good news for our city and our residents. In just one decade, we have made tremendous progress, and today, our residents who are diagnosed with HIV are getting care faster and they are starting — and staying on — treatments that we know are effective.”

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | WRAG helped to start the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG) to address housing affordability in the Greater Washington region three years ago. Washington Metro Marketplace Manager of Citi Community Development and WRAG Board Member Diana Meyer, who has been a champion of this work, discusses the urgent housing need in the region and how different stakeholders working together will help address the issue. (Daily, 6/28)

RACE | A report from Georgetown University law school’s Center on Poverty and Inequality found that black girls are viewed as ‘less innocent’ than white girls. (WaPo, 6/27)

DEVELOPMENT | Montgomery County policymakers have introduced a bill requiring that developers building on a burial site must establish its exact location and protect it during construction and maintain it afterwards. (WaPo, 6/27)

HEALTH | The District is closer to building the replacement hospital for United Medical Center in southeast. (WBJ, 6/27)

NONPROFITSNonprofits Have a Role to Play in Building Bridges in a Polarized World (Chronicle, 6/27 – Subscription needed)

IDENTITY
– This map shows what counties resemble what the US will look like in the future, and which ones most resembles the ethnic composition of the past. In our region, Prince George’s County will most resemble the US in 2060 and Fauquier County, VA most resembles the US’s 2004 population. (NYT, 6/22)

D.C. Issues Its First Gender-Neutral Drivers License (WAMU, 6/27)


A view of life from April.

– Kendra

HIV prevention drug awareness in DC focuses on black women

HIV/AIDS | Addressing the HIV rate in the District, which is the nation’s highest, has long been a priority for the city. Now the city has partnered with local organizations to raise awareness and increase access to a new prevention drug for the community that are the second-highest demographic at risk for HIV: black women. But with this new awareness, they are still dealing with the barriers related to accessing the drug. (StreetSense, 3/22)

Low-income Black women or those who are homeless face systemic barriers to accessing PrEP when they are HIV-negative. If they are HIV-positive, they face significant stigma surrounding HIV in society and even within the medical community.

Since PrEP requires a prescription and follow-up appointments every three months, people with unstable housing face additional challenges in trying to obtain PrEP. Simply lacking a place to store the medication is a problem.

Dr. Monica Vohra, a primary care physician at Bread for the City, noted that transportation is a large problem for adherence to PrEP by patients experiencing homelessness. “How do you get to your provider to have these follow-up visits that are pretty much required for you to be able to take the medication?” Vohra asked. “PrEP is useful if it’s taken correctly. Its efficacy really reduces if it’s not taken on a consistent basis.”

Related: The Washington AIDS Partnership launched its PrEP for Women Initiative last year to increase knowledge and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among women of color in the District. Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership said this about the program,”We are proud to be managing one of the largest programs helping women of color.”

NONPROFITS/EVENT | Dr. Donney John, executive director of NOVA Scripts Central, reflects on his experience at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop in 2016 and shares why the workshop was valuable for his work with his clinic. (Daily, 3/23)

Related: Learn how to strengthen relationships with existing corporate funders and attract the attention of future corporate partners at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop. Register here

PHILANTHROPY | This week foundation leaders met with members of Congress during Foundations on the Hill, an annual event sponsored by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Alliance for Charitable Reform, and the Council on Foundations. The topics discussed included the Johnson Amendment and recent proposed budget cuts. (Chronicle, 3/22 – Subscription needed)

LGBTQ/AGINGAdvocates fear erasure of LGBTQ seniors from national elder survey (MetroWeekly, 3/20)

REGION | Both Loudoun County and DC saw the most population growth in our region. (WTOP, 3/23)

GENDER EQUITY | Women in the District and Maryland most likely will have equal pay by 2065, but nationally, women of color might have to wait about 200 more years according to new research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. (Citylab, 3/22)

MENTAL HEALTH | NPR explores how a ‘scarcity mindset‘ can make problems worse and how to deal with it. (WAMU, 3/23)

Related: Last year’s Brightest Minds speaker Eldar Shafir, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, discussed how scarcity impacted individuals living in poverty. Read about the session here.


Would you have guessed the right letter?

– Kendra

Charter school system creates pipeline of talented teachers

EDUCATION | Public charter schools are educating almost half of DC’s students, which creates more competition when hiring teachers. KIPP DC, a charter school system with 16 locations in the city, saw this and decided to create their own pipeline of teachers. The Capital Teaching Residency program allows them to train former students, veterans, and others through classroom work. (WaPo, 3/12)

[KIPP DC Executive Director Susan] Schaeffler and her board wanted to start many more schools. (They have since grown to 16, with more than 450 teachers and 5,800 students.) They could no longer count on finding enough good people in local bars and at recruitment events. So they created the Capital Teaching Residency program, a way to train recruits through classroom work that has become nationally the most promising solution to giving disadvantaged children the most skilled educators possible.

…KIPP residents work for a year as teaching assistants while taking training classes at their schools. KIPP DC trains 80 to 100 residents a year. It has 360 current residents or alumni teaching in the District and expects to have 800 teachers trained by 2020.

HEALTH
– Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, share seven lessons she’s learned about improving health in the U.S. as she prepares to step down this year. (RWJF, 3/9)

– A Virginia library hosts monthly meetings to allow people to discuss death preparations and get resources. (WaPo, 3/12)

HUMAN RIGHTS | Hate Crimes In D.C. Rose By ‘Disturbing’ 62 Percent In 2016 (DCist, 3/10)

POVERTY | This weekend A Wider Circle, a DC non-profit focused on poverty, hosted an immersion event that let attendees experience life in poverty. (WUSA9, 3/12)

HOUSING
– A new study on how Latino and Black youth benefit from living in economically diverse neighborhoods finds that class desegregation may have more power than racial desegregation in improving the lives of these youth. (Citylab, 3/10)

– Opinion: D.C.’s housing standards look great on paper — but horrible in practice (WaPo, 3/10)

HIV/AIDSAn AIDS Museum: The Challenges Are Huge, but the Timing Is Right (NYT, 3/13)

WORKFORCE | Hotels strive to make the housekeeping staff invisible to guests but are they also invisible when management makes decisions that impact them? (Atlantic, 3/9)


In preparation for our impending snowstorm (maybe!), look at our history of March snowstorms.

– Kendra

Transgender students may lose federal protections

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | For a while, students were legally allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identified with. Yesterday the new administration announced it would roll back protections for transgender students. While this is alarming for all transgender individuals, it is especially harmful to those experiencing gender dysphoria. For this group, the basic right to express one’s gender is paramount to one’s survival. (WaPo, 2/21)

The Obama administration’s guidance was based on the position that requiring students to use a restroom that clashes with their gender identity is a violation of Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination. Transgender students and their parents cheered Obama’s move to expand the protections, but it drew legal challenges from those who believe it was a federal intrusion into local affairs and a violation of social norms.

The issue of which bathrooms transgender people should be permitted to use has evolved in recent years into a central debate about rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Transgender advocates say that allowing people with gender dysphoria to use their preferred restroom is essential for their health and psychological well-being. Opponents say the accommodations violate student privacy and traditional values.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
– Rachel Tappis, Director of Community Impact at the Advisory Board Company, reflects on her time in WRAG’s Institute for CSR, and the invaluable knowledge she gained from the program. (Daily, 2/22)

How Can Businesses Build Effective Partnerships with NGOs? (The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1/25)

Related: This is just one of the many topics we’ll cover in the first session of the 2017 Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. Class kicks off March 16. Applications are due by February 28. Register here

PHILANTHROPY
– The Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable 501(c)(3) organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, may be repealed. The Council on Foundations has determined that private foundations can engage in communications with legislators in support of or in opposition to any repeal or modification of the terms of the Johnson Amendment. Learn more (Council on Foundations, 2/7)

Related: Funders are invited to join us on Monday, March 13th for Foundations and Advocacy: It’s Time to Get in the Ring, a training with Alliance for Justice that will explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves. Register now

– Crystal Townsend, Healthcare Initiative Foundation president and member of WRAG’s Board of Directors, is featured in this month’s Grantmakers In Health Grantmakers in Focus section. (GIH, 2/17)

HIV/AIDS | The Affordable Care Act allows a significant number of people with HIV to access health coverage. (Huffington Post, 2/15)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | The District’s Skyland Town Center project just signed a lease with CVS and plans to move forward with development this year. (WBJ, 2/21)

INCOME INEQUALITYThe Only Thing, Historically, That’s Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe (Atlantic, 2/22)


In case you were wondering: The 15 best places to break up in D.C., mapped

– Kendra

January 17th is the National Day of Racial Healing

RACIAL EQUITY | WRAG and a delegation of philanthropic leaders participated in W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Summit on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation last December. Out of that summit came a realization that racial healing is urgently needed for the whole nation, leading the Kellogg Foundation to launch the National Day of Racial Healing. WRAG President Tamara Copeland discusses the origin of this event and why it was important for our organization to participate. (Daily, 1/17)

It happened almost spontaneously. Last month, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Summit on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, the Foundation’s leadership and the almost 600 attendees recognized that, while the Kellogg initiative is a decade-long project, the current spirit in the country demanded an immediate focus on healing. In a move that underscores the power of philanthropy to be an agent for change, the Foundation called for a National Day of Racial Healing. They recognized both the personal pain felt by thousands across the country and the collective angst of a country caught in the throes of a widening and deepening racial divide. There must be a public recognition of the need to heal and the Kellogg Foundation had the national platform to call for that healing.

Today is that day – January 17th – the first National Day of Racial Healing.

In honor of the National Day of Racial Healing, staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Washington AIDS Partnership share why we are each personally committed to racial healing. Watch our video here.

Related: What does a trip to California have to do with racial equity? (Daily, 1/10)

Also related: Gail Christopher, Senior Advisor and Vice President for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, closed out WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table learning series last year. Watch her talk on the role of philanthropy in addressing racism and racial equity here.

IMMIGRATIONHere to Stay rally held this weekend to support local immigrants (WAMU, 1/16)

HIV/AIDS | Ron Daniels, a DC advocate who spearheaded a needle exchange program in the District, passed away last week. (WaPo, 1/12)

HOMELESSNESS | There’s a new housing facility in the District for homeless veterans and low-income residents. It’s the first of its kind in the country due to having full-time Veterans Affairs case managers. (WCP, 1/12)

GENTRIFICATION | An in-depth look at D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood where longtime residents, businesses and buildings confront the ongoing process of gentrification. (NPR, 1/16)

YOUTH | How Deloitte increases employee engagement with youth mentoring (Forbes, 1/12)

Related: To learn more about how corporations of all sizes and industries are leveraging youth mentoring to drive employee engagement, join over 1000 mentoring practitioners and philanthropic partners at the 2017 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. from February 1-3, 2017.

FOOD | SNAP participants in Maryland can now buy groceries online from Amazon (WTOP, 1/17)

HEALTH
– Live Healthy program allows Montgomery County residents to receive discounts on dental and health services. (Bethesda Beat, 1/13)

– District hospitals are preparing for the inauguration weekend (WBJ, 1/13)


Art enthusiasts! There’s a new installation coming to the Hirshhorn Museum.

-Kendra

D.C.’s Deanwood neighborhood sees rising housing prices

GENTRIFICATION | A predominantly black D.C. neighborhood in Ward 7 is slated to be the next target of gentrification. The neighborhood, with Victorian houses built by black architects, has become associated with poverty and crime over time. Recently, a real estate agent has noticed the increase in housing prices. (DCist, 12/30)

Kimberly Gaines, a creative entrepreneur, also recently awoke to how Deanwood’s housing market has changed. In researching nearby homes for her aunt, she found that prices were about triple what she paid for her Deanwood home in 2003.

And “folks are definitely moving into the neighborhood,” she says. At this point, “everybody’s looking like ok we’re going to go settle over here—we’re going to stick our flag in here and we’re going to make this our home. But in turn, what does that mean for the residents who are already in existence here?”

In order to preserve the neighborhood’s culture, retain longtime residents, and bring back basic amenities, there needs to be strong leadership, Walker argues.

RACIAL EQUITY | Lori Kaplan, President and CEO of Latin American Youth Center, shares how the organization is tackling racism with its Community Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE) committee and how WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table materials have helped inform their work. (Daily, 1/4)

HIV/AIDS | The District is trying to increase black women’s access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill taken daily that greatly reduces a person’s risk for HIV. (WaPo, 12/29)

Related: For more background on this program, check out this recent blog post about the Washington AIDS Partnership’s D.C. PrEP for Women Initiative (Daily, 11/1)

PHILANTHROPY
– Rick Moyers, Meyer Foundation‘s Vice President of Programs and Communications, discusses lessons learned after making the decision to help grantee organizations develop a better fundraising approach. (Nonprofit Leadership Blog, 1/3)

– Philanthropic giving has long been seen as a charitable act towards the less fortunate. This article argues why the philanthropic sector should be funding to address historical injustices instead and how. (SSIR, 1/3)

EDUCATION | Minority students at U-Md. issue 64 demands, including prayer rooms in every major building and shuttles to Muslim center (WaPo, 1/3) 

INAUGURATION
– Some District restaurants will donate inauguration weekend proceeds to area nonprofits. (DCist, 1/3)

– A marijuana legalization advocacy group plans to hand out the drug during the inauguration. (Washington Times, 1/3)


This local kid is cooking meals I’ve never even heard of…

-Kendra

On World AIDS Day, a plan to end D.C. HIV epidemic

HIV/AIDS
-Today, in recognition of World AIDS Day, Washington AIDS Partnership, DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brenda Donald, the D.C. Department of Health (DOH), and the M•A•C AIDS Fund announced the release of the 90/90/90/50 Plan: Ending the HIV Epidemic in the District of Columbia by 2020. Through this public-private partnership, the plan was developed to achieve the following core goals: 90 percent of D.C. residents with HIV will know their status, 90 percent of persons diagnosed with HIV will be in treatment, 90 percent of persons in treatment will achieve viral load suppression and the District will see a 50 percent decrease in new HIV cases.

As outlined in the plan, the Washington AIDS Partnership has partnered with D.C. Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA) to implement the D.C. PrEP for Women Initiative, which aims to increase knowledge and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among women of color in Washington, D.C. PrEP allows individuals at high risk for HIV infection to take HIV medication regularly to lower their chances of getting infected. The D.C. PrEP for Women Initiative is supported by the M•A•C AIDS Fund.

Related: Washington AIDS Partnership Rolls Out the DC PrEP for Women Initiative (Daily, 11/1)

HOUSING | The DC Council is moving to pass a bill that would prohibit landlords from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions before extending a conditional offer. (DCist, 11/30)

RACE | Author Monique Morris discusses her book Pushout and the criminalization of black girls in America with Ford Foundation’s Douglas Wood. (Ford Foundation, 11/23)

JUSTICE 
After years behind bars, this Sasha Bruce Youthwork staffer helps kids (WaPo, 11/30)

-A new report finds that Maryland is one of four states with more than 10 percent of its prison population serving life sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile.  (WTOP, 11/30)

TRANSITWith ‘Back2Good’ Initiative, Metro Sets Goals For Repairs And Safety (WAMU, 11/30)

PHILANTHROPY
-A new National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report finds that philanthropy did not respond adequately to the needs of underserved communities in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008. (NCRP, 11/30)

NONPROFIT
– The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is accepting applicants for its Advancement In Management (AIM) Award Competition. Learn more here.

– -The Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund and Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program is accepting applications until January 4th. More information here.


Have you been to Zoo Lights yet? 

-Kendra

Washington AIDS Partnership Rolls Out the DC PrEP for Women Initiative

By Caterina Gironda
Research & Communications Associate, Funders Concerned About AIDS

The Washington AIDS Partnership is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. This piece is cross-posted from the Funders Concerned About AIDS blog. To read the full article, click here.


The Washington AIDS Partnership (WAP), in conjunction with the D.C. Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA), kick off their $1 million PrEP for Women Initiative this fall. Channing Wickham, Executive Director at the Washington AIDS Partnership and Chair of the Funders Concerned About AIDS Board of Directors, explains that the program emerged after identifying a lack of knowledge and access to the drug amongst African American women in D.C.

PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a drug that when taken regularly can prevent HIV infection if exposed to the virus. While the drug, approved by the FDA in 2012, has seen an uptick in use by gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), knowledge of and access to PrEP has skirted other communities.

“According to HAHSTA’s data, approximately 2.5% of D.C. residents are living with HIV,” Ashlee Wimberly, the Project Coordinator for the PrEP for Women Initiative at WAP explains. “This exceeds the 1% infection rate that the World Health Organization uses to classify a generalized epidemic.” While HIV is not new to the District, the growing rate of African American women infected is, with 1 in 6 new diagnoses occurring among African American heterosexual women, making them the second largest affected group in D.C., behind African American MSM.

As Wickham explains it, “We began asking ourselves, ‘what would a model program to fill these gaps look like?’”

With buy-in from the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which is providing a generous $1 million, two-year grant, the D.C. PrEP for Women Initiative began.

“A major component of the Initiative will be funding to support innovative projects that address one or more of the initiative’s goals,” says Wickham:

  • Educating women who are at high risk for HIV about PrEP
  • Supporting health providers to adopt PrEP into their organizational culture and services, especially those that serve women of color (such as Federally Qualified Health Centers).
  • Building PrEP capacity by educating health care providers so they are informed about PrEP and will begin to prescribe it.

WAP is also eager to share what they learn through this process to other funders who seek to replicate or create their own initiatives. “There’s plenty of room for collaborating on this,” Wickham offers. “In fact, FCAA’s Annual Philanthropy Summit in December 2016 will feature one of the most important voices for women and PrEP, Dazon Dixon Diallo, on a panel about health equity for women of color.”


Photos courtesy of courtesy of #PrEPForHer from DC Department of Health.

Some question expansion as summer youth jobs program begins

WORKFORCE/REGION
D.C.’s summer youth jobs program kicks off with 12,000 participants, including those who were made eligible due to the city raising the age limit from 21 to 24 in 2015. Meanwhile, officials grapple over data proving whether or not the age increase has proven to be a financially feasible move. (WaPo, 6/26)

If the program can’t prove that it helps its oldest participants find jobs that last beyond the summer, it stands to lose the millions of dollars needed to maintain the expansion that began last summer.

[…]

Unemployment rates for D.C. residents between age 20 and 24 are almost double the average rate in the city and even higher for young black people. About 1,000 men and women between the ages of 22 and 24 were accepted to the 2016 program, the maximum number allowed.

But the additional funding came with stipulations. The council agreed to permanently expand funding for the new age division only if the program could show that at least 35 percent of the 22-to-24-year-olds had full-time jobs after they completed the six-week program.

– Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to eliminate 500 jobs (WaPo, 6/27)

HIV/AIDS | An interactive map providing a visualization of new HIV cases across the District has been released along with a new report by AIDSVu. The data used come from the city and the CDC, and show that D.C.’s ward 7 was hit the hardest with new HIV cases. (DCist, 6/23)

Related: Washington AIDS Partnership is at the forefront of efforts to “end HIV” in the city with a new program connecting black heterosexual women (the second-highest group of new HIV infections) to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and the soon-to-be released “90/90/90/50 by 2020” plan. (Daily, 6/20)

POVERTY/DISTRICT | WAMU presents a series exploring poverty this week, focusing today on the Greater Washington region and the underlying challenges its many social profit organizations face in aiding the poor. Residents and local leaders chime in on this interview, including president and CEO of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Bruce McNamer, to discuss obstacles to combating poverty. (WAMU, 6/27)

EDUCATION | The D.C. government recently appealed a May ruling by the federal court that said the city is “providing inadequate services to young children with special needs who have yet to enter the school system.” (WaPo, 6/24)

COMMUNITY/REGION | Not far from the Greater Washington region, nearly 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties have recently been hit hard by massive flooding. WRAG colleague organization Philanthropy West Virginia shares flood recovery response resources for those wishing to provide assistance.

LGBT | Gay Marriage in the United States, One Year Later (Atlantic, 6/26)

EQUITY | Many organizations and institutions are focusing their efforts around equity, but are they approaching equity…equitably? This blog post explores “meta-equity” and offers some suggestions for getting it right. (NWB, 6/27)


How much do you think it would cost to Uber across the country? This Fairfax filmmaker is about to find out

– Ciara

First citywide program for connecting black women with HIV prevention drugs coming to DC

HIV/AIDS 
A $1 million investment from the MAC AIDS Fund will go toward making D.C. the first major city to get a program that will connect black heterosexual women (the second-highest group of new HIV infections) in the District with pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. (Slate, 6/17)

In 2009, D.C. declared an HIV epidemic that rivaled those in many African nations, with around 3 percent of the city’s residents living with HIV. In some areas and age groups, it was closer to 5 percent. Though targeted prevention efforts have cut D.C.’s new-diagnosis rate by almost 60 percent since then, the city still has an HIV rate nearly twice as high as the state with the next highest rate, Louisiana, and nearly 4 percent of black residents are infected. In D.C. and across the country, HIV is a racialized epidemic among women: As of 2012, 92 percent of D.C. women living with HIV were black.

Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership, which is at the forefront of these efforts, had this to say:

The Washington AIDS Partnership is excited to be at the center of Washington, D.C.’s goal to “end HIV” through the soon-to-be released “90/90/90/50 by 2020” plan, and innovative HIV prevention strategies such as  Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for women. Stay tuned for a major announcement with more details on June 30!

RACISM/INEQUALITY | Marcela Brane, Herb Block Foundation president and CEO, shares with WRAG this year’s winner of the Foundation’s annual Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning, and the enduring impact and significance of the political cartoonist in society. Check out the winning cartoon, “Racist EZCash,” by Mark Fiore(Daily, 6/20)

REGION | Leaders of Washington’s former bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are said to be keeping up the momentum of their efforts by continuing to meet to discuss objectives for further regional cooperation, even without the possibility of the summer games. (WBJ, 6/17)

DISTRICT
Unemployment rates in D.C.’s ward 7 and 8 are at the lowest levels in several years, according to newly-released federal data from the Department of Employment Services. (WCP, 6/17)

– A report by the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis examines the gender pay gap among the city’s workforce. While men make more than women for the same work in most industries, D.C.’s nonprofit sector is shown to be one area where women often make more than men in similar positions. (WBJ, 6/17)

–  This Is The Insane Amount of Money it Takes To Be Considered “Wealthy” in DC (Washingtonian, 6/17)

EDUCATION
Montgomery County schools have adopted a new budget officials hope will narrow the school system’s achievement gap and lower class sizes. (WaPo, 6/17)

– Data show that more than 1.3 million U.S. students were homeless in 2013-2014. Advocates are looking to bring greater awareness and support to youth experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and a new report surveying homeless youth reveals that many schools may be failing to help students. (WaPo, 6/17)

HEALTH/YOUTH
– According to estimates, there are still 37 million homes in the U.S. that contain lead-based paint and 6 million that recieve drinking water through lead pipes. With children shown to absorb more lead than adults, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging physicians to be more proactive about testing children for exposure. (NPR, 6/20)

Video: Can the U.S. End Teen Pregnancy? (Atlantic, 6/14)


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– Ciara