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March 16, 2016 / Ciara Myers, Editor

New county health rankings released

HEALTH
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released their 2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, measuring and ranking nearly all counties in the U.S. and “compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources.” In Virginia, Loudoun County was number one in the overall ranking for health outcomes, and in Maryland, Montgomery County came out on top. (WTOP, 3/16)

The yearly report — released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute — evaluates 30 factors such as poverty, education, transportation, housing, violent crime, jobs and access to medical care.

The full rankings can be accessed here.

PHILANTHROPY
United Way of the National Capital Area has announced $100K to social profit organizations in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times, 3/16)

– Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a report tracking 2014 grantmaking from U.S. foundations. Open Society Foundations and Wells Fargo were among the top 10 funders for LGBTQ issues.

POVERTY/REGION | Opinion: Maryland and Virginia are headed toward reform in the way that the structured-settlement-purchasing industry preys on individuals who are often vulnerable to the lure of fast money through lump sum payments, despite standing to lose out on much of the funds awarded to them. Many of the cases involve victims who received settlements because they were exposed to lead poisoning. Advocates for the victims want to ensure that much-needed legislation is passed. (WaPo, 3/15)

DISTRICT New Bills Would Increase Access to D.C. Affordable Housing and Government Buildings (WCP, 3/15)

TRANSIT/REGIONWhy Washington’s transportation is a problem, in one map (GGW, 3/15)

JOBS 
Northrop Grumman is seeking a Manager of STEM Education Programs.

– The Baltimore Community Foundation is looking for the right candidate to fill their Program Officer position.


It’s that time of year again…check out this year’s entries for the Peeps Diorama contest!

– Ciara 

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