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November 10, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

How the region and the U.S. fare on premature birth rates

In their most recent report grading the rates of premature births in states/localities in the U.S., March of Dimes gave the District a “C.” Meanwhile, Virginia and Maryland received a “B” and “C,” respectively. The U.S. overall received a “C”. (DCist, 11/9)

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death and the number one killer of babies in the United States, according to the nonprofit March of Dimes. In a report released last week, the organization graded D.C.’s premature birth rate a “C” in comparison to the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Grades for states were assigned by comparing the 2014 preterm birth rate in a state or locality to the March of Dimes’ goal of 8.1 percent by 2020. D.C.’s rate was 9.6 percent, placing it among 18 states with a mid-level score and matching the United States’ average.

America’s Pregnancy-Care Paradox: Paying Ever More For the Same Bad Results (Atlantic, 11/10)

– As part of #NewEconomy Week, administrative and communications assistant at Consumer Health Foundation Kendra Allen candidly shares her experience as a millennial person of color, along with some advice for the key elements that should be a part of a revamped, equitable system. (CHF, 11/10)

Why Poor Boys Who Move to Rich Neighborhoods Still Face Risks (CityLab, 11/9)

CSR/VETERANS | As Veteran’s Day approaches, Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and head faculty member for the Institute for CSR, shares how his organization shows its support for the Veterans Empowerment Movement. (American Express, 11/9)

DISTRICT | DC Fiscal Policy Institute reflects on the significance of the City First Foundation’s recent conference on “Equitable Economic Development East of the River,” and shares why follow-through in this part of the city is so necessary. (DCFPI, 11/10)

FOOD/EDUCATION | A  growing number of schools in the region are taking the classroom experience outdoors with learning gardens, particularly in Prince George’s County. (WTOP, 11/10)

VIRGINIA | Move over, “Corner.” It’s all about “Tyson’s” right now. (WTOP 11/9)

Apparently, I only know one thing about the sport of basketball. See if you can beat me at this quiz!

– Ciara


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