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November 14, 2013 / Christian Clansky

New HIV/AIDS report card shows both gains and losses

Yesterday, D.C. Appleseed and Mayor Gray released the eighth HIV/AIDS Report Card, which measures the District’s progress combating the disease against various benchmarks. This year’s report card revealed improvements in some critical areas, but lost ground in others.

In particular, public education, grants management, and monitoring/evaluation slipped. At the release event yesterday, D.C. Appleseed’s Walter Smith said:

While 718 new HIV cases reported last year is an improvement, it’s still too many. It is a reminder that we still have a long way to go to end the epidemic. D.C. government, service providers, and the community need to work together as partners now more than ever.

The report card has been supported by the Washington AIDS Partnership since 2003. Executive Director Channing Wickham was at the release event yesterday and observed:

With a few minor variances, this year’s report shows that the city is continuing to do excellent work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As always, there are areas where we need to improve.

I am very encouraged that the District’s experienced new leadership team – Mayor Gray, Department of Health Director Garcia, and HAHSTA Director Kharfen – is well positioned to quickly bring about these improvements.

Related: Latest HIV/AIDS report card is mixed bag for D.C. leaders (WaPo, 11/14)

HEALTHCARE
- Two big bits of news today. First, President Obama has announced a temporary solution to the problem of people losing insurance plans that they like. A one-year renewal will be called for, though House Democrats are apparently also planning different legislation to address this problem. (CNN, 11/14)

- October enrollment numbers were released yesterday and they fall short of projections. The Post breaks down the numbers. (WaPo, 11/14)

SHUTDOWN | Gallup just reported that Congress has the lowest approval rating on record at 9%. That’s not surprising when you consider, for example, that some of the lowest-wage workers for the government weren’t granted back pay after the shutdown ended. The Post looks at the continuing struggle of these workers, who are trying to make up for the weeks of lost income. (WaPo, 11/14)

HOMELESSNESS | As winter approaches – and shelters remain overfilled – local homeless advocates are doing their best to plan for the elements. (WaPo, 11/14)

REPORTS
- Last week, the Center for American Progress released a report called Social Finance: A Primer. It explores the concepts of innovation funds, social bonds, and impact investing. (CAP, 11/5) Now we just need somebody to start an impact innovation bond.

- Donor-Advised Fund Assets Reached $45-Billion in 2012, Study Finds (Chronicle, 11/11)


I linked to a cool series of ads yesterday. Here are two more. First, Russia has a brilliant and utilitarian way of promoting the 2014 Olympics. The application of this idea could go far beyond a one-time promotion.

Second, Volvo and Jean-Claude Van Damme thought of a very clever way to showcase vehicle steering stability. This makes me want to rewatch the under-appreciated, brainless action movie Sudden Death. Don’t judge me! I like all kinds of movies!

Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, so I’ll see you on Monday. – Christian

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