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Why health inequity is behind the US’s drop in life expectancy

HEALTH
– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the average life expectancy in the US has dropped for the second year in a row, a trend that largely impacts the poor and middle class. This author argues that we should be addressing growing health inequity. (Vox, 1/9)

So when we talk about life expectancy slipping, what we should also talk about is the growing problem of health inequality in America. And it’s an increasingly urgent discussion, health researchers are warning, because of policy changes on the horizon that are poised to make the mortality gap even wider.

Some of these policies will hamper access to medical care (such as failing to fund CHIP, the health insurance program for low-income children) but others that aren’t even directly related to health care — like tax cuts — may have even more insidious effects on the American mortality gap.

– Maryland Lawmakers Propose Reinstating Health Insurance Mandate — With A Twist (WAMU, 1/9)

PUBLIC SAFETY/LGBTQ | A Virginia delegate has proposed legislation that would prohibit the state’s healthcare providers from using conversion therapy on children under 18. This will be the third time similar legislation has been introduced in this state. (Arlnow, 1/9)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge has temporarily blocked the administration’s decision to end DACA. (NPR, 1/10)

ECONOMY20 years ago, Discovery helped save Silver Spring. What happens now that it’s leaving? (GGW, 1/9)

TRANSPORTATION | Over the last few months, DC residents have complained about the numerous dockless bikes that have been released around the city, but are these bikes helping to diversify DC’s cyclists? (CityLab, 1/9)

CRIMINAL JUSTICEVirginia’s female prison population climbing faster than males’ population (Richmond Times, 1/9)


Did you see that video of the woman preparing a meal by using her mouth instead of utensils? Well, here’s the explanation we needed. 

– Kendra

A new bill would make changes to the DC Youth Rehabilitation Act

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
– In September, DC’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council released a study on the Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act, which provides sentencing alternatives for offenders under the age of 22 who have committed certain crimes. The study found that the current law didn’t offer programs tailored to rehabilitating youth. A new bill would change this. (WaPo, 10/31)

A bill to overhaul the District’s troubled Youth Rehabilitation Act would limit the number of young offenders eligible for more lenient sentences and require judges to justify — in writing — why they are giving convicts benefits under the law.

But the bill also would require the city to offer new treatment and services to young-adult offenders, a change that is being applauded by juvenile-justice advocates, many of whom had been openly critical of adding any restrictions to the 32-year-old law.

– Virginia State Crime Commission briefed on marijuana decriminalization study, hears from public (Richmond Times, 10/30)

PHILANTHROPY | Congratulations to Mardell Moffett for being named executive director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation!

RACIAL EQUITY | Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, reflects on the response she received from nonprofits after the foundation began requiring prospective applicants to complete a racial equity impact assessment tool when applying for grants. (Daily, 10/31)

ARTS & HUMANITIESNew Public Art Project Connects Anacostia Historic District to River (East City Art, 10/30)

LGBTQ | Yesterday a US District Court judge rejected the administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. (DCist, 10/30)


Gretchen suggested I put something “spooky” in the Daily, so here you go – the story of Northern Virginia’s Bunnyman!

– Kendra 

The District’s wards 7 and 8 residents to participate in a ‘grocery walk’

FOOD INSECURITY | Residents in wards 7 and 8 are planning to raise awareness about the lack of grocery stores and fresh produce in their community by participating in a ‘grocery walk’ on October 14. Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White and local organizations such as DC Greens, Bread For the City and others will join them. (WCP, 9/27)

Beatrice Evans has called Ward 7 home for most of her life. Now in her sixties, she remembers a time when there were several nearby grocery stores to choose from—Giant, Safeway, and Murry’s. Of that trio, only the Safeway remains and it’s consistently scrutinized for its empty shelves and the poor quality of its food. Now Evans pays someone to drive her to Maryland to shop for produce and other groceries.

“My mom is from the country, so I like my fresh fruits and vegetables,” Evans says. “That’s why I’m still pretty healthy today. To get that same quality I have to go outside of my neighborhood, but it should be right here.”

BUSINESS | Congratulations to Tamika Tremaglio, managing principal and East regional leader of Deloitte LLP, for being recognized as one of Washington Business Journal’s 2017 Women Who Mean Business honorees! (WBJ, 9/27)

AGING
– LGBTQ seniors in the District want more city services designed for them and greater outreach from the city’s Office on Aging. (Washington Blade, 9/27)

– Why Huge Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut (NPR, 9/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency to force them to take action on upwind air pollution from five other states. (WaPo, 9/27)

ARTS & HUMANITIESMaps: Here’s Where 10 New Murals Are Going Up Around D.C. (DCist, 9/27)

RACISM
– American University’s administration responds after students find posters of the Confederate flag, with cotton attached to them, earlier this week. (WaPo, 9/27)

– Arlington County, VA is hosting workshops, Challenging Racism: Learning How, for residents this fall.


Happy National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

– Kendra

Recent DC job fair offered mock interviews as well as business clothes

WORKFORCE | At the DC Opportunity Fair, which featured employers such as Hilton, Nordstrom, FedEx and U.S. Postal Service, young people who are unemployed or underemployed were offered interview advice, business casual clothes and employment. (WaPo, 9/22)

“Hopefully, I can find a company here that I can grow with,” said 24-year-old, bow-tie-wearing Markiel Jones, who is unemployed after dropping out of college for financial reasons.

The Prince George’s County resident graduated from high school and went on to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After low-paying jobs in the food-service industry that showed little promise for growth, he landed a Starbucks job offer and learned about the company’s tuition assistance for employees seeking a higher education.

HUMAN RIGHTS
– DC has a large deaf community but many of the city’s practices, polices, and even sidewalks are not deaf-friendly. (Urban Turf, 9/21)

– Why It Looks Like Discrimination Cases In D.C. Are Down By More Than 60 Percent (DCist, 9/21)

HEALTH CARE | Virginia, as well as other states, anxiously wait to hear if Congress will reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program by September 30. (Richmond Times, 9/21)

ARTS & HUMANITIESAs The African American History Museum Turns One, Director Lonnie Bunch Looks Back (DCist, 9/21)

LGBTQ/AGING | DC’s Office on Aging will be hosting a townhall for LGBTQ individuals next Tuesday to learn how it can better help the population. (Washington Blade, 9/19)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Opinion: The District is the most policed place in the US, so why do officials keep calling for more cops? (WCP, 9/21)


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Please don’t disappoint the pink cube.

– Kendra

A look at the gain and loss of income in the Greater Washington region

INCOME | According to Census Bureau statistics released today, the District and Alexandria, VA, were one of the few areas in our region that saw a decline in its median household income in 2016. Loudoun, Howard, Fairfax, and Arlington counties all saw gains. (WaPo, 9/14)

[Councilmember David] Grosso said he thinks the District’s demographics are at the root of the numbers: Young people with just-out-of-college salaries flock to the city, but as they start families and their incomes grow, the high-earning couples with children tend to leave for more affordable D.C. suburbs or other regions of the country. He hopes the District’s new paid family leave policy and improving public schools can persuade parents to stay put.

RACE | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses why nonprofit leadership is still predominantly white and challenges us to think about the root cause of why that is. (Daily, 9/14)

YOUTH/LGBTQ | According to a recently released Youth Risk Behavior Survey, one in four DC teens who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual have attempted suicide. (MetroWeekly, 8/25)

PUBLIC SAFETYAt Immigration Forum, A Call for Sheriff’s Office’s Relationship With ICE to be ‘Revisited’ (ARLnow, 9/14)

EDUCATION | Loudoun County has launched the state’s first computer science immersion schools, where all students are required to spend part of the school day learning to code. (Loudoun Now, 9/4)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland advocates want the state to pass legislation requiring state utilities to buy half of their electricity from renewable sources. (WaPo, 9/13)

HEALTH CARE | More than 60,000 Virginians will not be able to buy health insurance next year due to insurers leaving the state’s health exchange. (Richmond Times, 9/13)


The incredibly true story of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trip to Washington, DC and the Capitol.

– Kendra

Analysis of ACT scores shows a large achievement gap

EDUCATION | An analysis of ACT scores found that 9% of students in the class of 2017 who are from “disadvantaged backgrounds,” which are described as either low-income, first generation college students or students of color, are ready for college. This contrasts greatly with the readiness rate, which is 54%, for students who are not disadvantaged. (WaPo, 9/7)

Natasha Ushomirsky, a policy development director for the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for disadvantaged students, said achievement gaps reflect long-standing disparities in the quality of teachers, rigor of curriculum and degree of academic support available to poor and minority children.

She called the ACT’s data understandable but “incredibly discouraging.” States and schools, she said, must redouble efforts to narrow and eliminate achievement gaps. “There’s a lot of power in communicating the expectation that all students can achieve at high levels,” Ushomirsky said.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Diane Melley, vice president of Global Citizenship Initiatives at IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, discusses why her organization invests staff time and professional development dollars in the Institute for CSR. (Daily, 9/7)

Related: Early bird registration for the 2018 Institute for CSR is now open! Download an application here.

WRAG COMMUNITY | We’re happy to announce that Katy Moore, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Karys Ann Quinn, on August 21! Mom, Dad, and Baby are doing well!

HEALTH CARE | St. Elizabeths East campus could be the future site of the hospital that will replace United Medical Center, according to District officials. (WAMU, 9/6)

IMMIGRATION | Virginia, D.C. Join Lawsuit To Stop Trump’s Plan To End DACA Program (WAMU, 9/6)

LGBTQ | This activist is providing a supportive space for the District’s Black LGBT community and is also advocating for them. (AFRO, 8/31)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Former and current inmates at a Virginia women’s prison report continued substandard health care, which contributed to the death of two inmates. (WaPo, 9/6)

CLIMATE JUSTICE | Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, discusses climate, racial and gender justice. (Yes! Magazine, 8/18)


There were some interesting moustaches for the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships.

– Kendra

Homeless LGBTQ youth find support in the District

LGBTQ/ HOMELESSNESS | The District has become a refuge for many homeless LGBTQ individuals as a result of the city’s progressive laws and supportive nonprofits. Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders is just one organization that is helping homeless LGBTQ youth learn life skills while offering them support that includes housing and transportation. (WaPo, 8/19)

The goal of the housing program, its executive director, Sultan Shakir, says is not just to provide shelter, but also to make independent adults out of the youths.

“We’re big on life skills like cooking and financial literacy, jobs training and connecting them to the larger community here in D.C.,” he says. “We instill a sense of independence from Day One, they are expected to live alone, get to work, eat and save by themselves. We don’t want to put a bandage on their situation, but help them become self-sufficient.”

RACIAL JUSTICE | After the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, urges the white community that is committed to racial justice to step up. (Daily, 8/21)

SOCIAL INNOVATION | University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program, is giving students the tools to create innovative solutions to social issues. (Baltimore Sun, 7/9)

EDUCATIONDespite Some Progress On PARCC Exam, Student Achievement Gap Widens In DC (DCist, 8/17)

HEALTH | Community health clinics want the District to expand access to naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. (WaPo, 8/20)

HOUSING | Prince George’s County, MD, an affluent black community, is beginning to bounce back from the recession. (WBJ, 8/18 – Subscription needed)

EQUITYThe Complex Relationship Between Innovation and Economic Segregation (Citylab, 8/18)


Hopefully you’ll get a chance to see the eclipse today! (I didn’t get glasses, so I won’t.) 

– Kendra

Charlottesville, VA reacts to the violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally this weekend

RACISM | One person is dead and nineteen others are injured after a car plowed into a group of anti-racist protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. The rally began with participants marching through the University of Virginia’s campus with tiki torches early Saturday morning. (Richmond Times, 8/12)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe addressed the white supremacists and nationalists who attended the rally directly in a brief statement.

“You came here today to hurt people, and you did hurt people,” McAuliffe said. “My message is clear: We are stronger than you. You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.”

TRANSIT
– Virginia’s governor has announced that a new proposal on how the three jurisdictions could fund Metro will be coming soon. (WTOP, 8/13)

– With No Place To Charge, D.C.’s Electric Cab Drivers Ask For Help (WAMU, 8/14)

EDUCATION | The District has proposed a new contract for its teachers, which includes a 9% salary increase over three years and other benefits. (WaPo, 8/14)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A new campaign in the District helps teens cope with violence. (AFRO, 8/13)

IMPACT INVESTING | The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance has announced the creation of two new advisory councils that will push for more advancements in impact investing, including the development of metrics to ensure impact. (Chronicle, 8/11 – Subscription needed)

LGBTQ | The District has received a grant to identify historic LGBTQ landmarks in the city. Can you think of any? (WAMU, 8/11)


Watch these stars sprint across the night sky.

– Kendra

Medical groups find the Senate health care bill disappointing

HEALTH
– The Senate revision of the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was released last week and people are finding the same faults that were present in the first bill. After analyzing the bill, many medical groups, such as the American Medical Association and the American Society for Clinical Oncology, have come out against it. (NBC, 6/26)

Medicaid also covers two-thirds of people in nursing homes. The health care bills in the House and Senate would also let companies charge older people more for insurance than they would younger customers.

“We are disappointed that the legislation fails to meet our guiding principles for healthcare reform by halting Medicaid expansion, reinstating annual and lifetime coverage caps, and cutting coverage for essential health benefits including cancer screening,” said Dr. Bruce Johnson, president of the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

– Children’s National Health System has been rated one of the top pediatric care centers in the country. (WBJ, 6/27)

PHILANTHROPY | After 26 years of investing in nonprofit workforce development organizations that have trained and supported DC residents, the Jovid Foundation is closing its doors in August 2017.

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | Yanique Redwood, chair of WRAG’s Board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, recounts her weekend looking for affordable housing in the District and only seeing the real impact of the city’s income inequity. (CHF Blog, 6/26)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Congress members have introduced a bill to allow representatives and senators to carry concealed weapons in the District. (AFRO, 6/23)

LGBTQ | The Supreme Court has ruled that gay couples are entitled to equal treatment on birth certificates. (NYT, 6/26)

EDUCATIONSchool Secession Is Segregation (Citylab, 6/26)


The weather on Jupiter seems pretty cool.

– Kendra

What will happen to the District’s Chinatown residents?

GENTRIFICATION | In 2013, a filmmaker documented the plight of Chinese senior citizens living in an apartment building in DC’s rapidly changing Chinatown. Four years later, the small population of Chinese residents left are in danger of losing their homes. (GGWash, 6/19)

A lot of senior citizens in Chinatown live in apartment buildings called the Wah Luck House and Museum Square. Most of the seniors are on fixed incomes, use Section 8 vouchers, and most have a limited ability to speak, read, and write English. Also, none has any intention of leaving, even as the owners of their buildings threaten to demolish their homes and replace them with luxury condos and commercial development. Residents are often unaware of things like neighborhood meetings, and language barriers prevent many from participating.

HOUSING AFFORDABILITYOur Region, Your Investment, a joint initiative between WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund that has raised nearly $12 million in impact investments to date, has financed its fifth affordable housing deal, which will preserve the affordability of 202 homes in Wards 7 and 8 in the District.

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, WRAG’s vice president says, “WRAG is very excited about the success and impact that Our Region, Your Investment is having on housing affordability in our region. Check out this update and read about the five projects that have been supported by investments made thus far.”

RACIAL EQUITY | Did you miss our event, Reimagining Racial Equity through Participatory Grantmaking? Philip Walsh, executive director of Maine Initiatives, a public, community-based foundation focused on progressive causes, joined us to discuss their radically participatory process to connect community to grantmaking and why they believe bringing non-traditional voices to the table is critical to the success of racial justice work. Watch it here.

PHILANTHROPY | A new report finds that high net-worth donors of color are engaged in philanthropy, but aren’t visible as members of organized donor networks. (Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 6/11)

LGBTQCollecting LGBT Census Data Is ‘Essential’ To Federal Agency, Document Shows (NPR, 6/20)

LITERACY | An Anacostia radio station is trying to bring a bookstore east of the river, where there are none. (DCist, 6/19)

CHILDREN & YOUTH | This nonprofit is providing packs of personal items to children and youth in the Greater Washington area who are either entering or leaving foster care. (WBJ, 6/19)

EDUCATION | Teachers at the District’s Cesar Chavez Prep Middle School have voted to unionize. (WAMU, 6/16)


In case you were wondering how Spider-Man or Wonder Woman would look if they were created with balloons

– Kendra