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March 15, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Margaret O’Bryon receives Terrance Keenan Award…Region in danger of another recession…What can DC do to stop rise in family homelessness? [News, 3.15.12]

HEALTH | At last week’s Grantmakers in Health annual conference, the Consumer Health Foundation’s Margaret O’Bryon received the 2012 Terrance Keenan Award. The award was established in 1993 to honor leaders in health philanthropy “whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and achievement.” In her remarks, Margaret reflected on how her personal passions and professional experience with the Consumer Health Foundation have given her an optimistic perspective on health philanthropy:

[W]hile, we don’t have all of the money needed to finance the change we all seek…we are stewards of enough money and other resources to substantially spark the conversation around change and to show – much like Terry Keenan did – how change can be done in keeping with our aspirations for a just society. What an amazing privilege.

Read her full remarks here. Congratulations on a well deserved honor, Margaret!

Related: For the conference, Margaret co-authored an article with CHF’s Rachel Wick – who currently serves as the chair of WRAG’s Health Working Group – titled Charting a Path Toward Health Equity. (GIH, page 15)

REGION | George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller warns that our region’s economy is in danger of a “mini-recession” if the federal government sticks with its plan to cut spending. (Examiner, 3/15)

HOMELESSNESS | What Can DC Do to Stop the Dramatic Rise in Family Homelessness? (DCFPI, 3/15) “Family homelessness has increased by 46 percent since 2008.”

HIV/AIDS | The changing AIDS epidemic – and what to do next (New Yorker, 3/14) “Today in the United States, estimates are that there are as many as a million people living [with] H.I.V. Further studies suggest that roughly a quarter of them do not know they have H.I.V.”

SOCIAL MEDIA | Podcast: Building Better Nonprofit Blogs from Allison Fine. (Chronicle, 3/15)

LOCAL | Apparently the land near the Washington Monument has been sinking at a quicker rate than expected – likely because of last year’s earthquake. One geological surveyor, whose picture is only in the print edition and can be seen here, has a name that I can trust. (WaPo, 3/15) Born on a mountain top

If you come across a soothsayer who warns you to “beware the Ides of March,” I’d go hide in a closet until tomorrow. Or at least watch out for colleagues with sharp objects.

Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, meaning that I’ll see you on the other side of St. Patrick’s Day. As such, I leave you with the story of Charlie Mopps and best wishes for a fun weekend!

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