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February 15, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

DC grabs gold for policies that make stronger communities

EQUITY | CityHealth, a deBeaumont Foundation initiative that provides city leaders with policy solutions intended to help improve the lives of communities across the nation, has released its first assessment of 40 U.S. cities based on nine policies it believes impacts the health of cities. DC made the list and was awarded gold medals in several areas, including universal pre-kindergarten, healthy food procurement and complete streets. (CityHealth, 2/15)

With nine policies across 40 cities, CityHealth had a total of 360 possible policy medals to award. Cities earned a total of 181, with each city receiving at least one policy medal.

With 179 policy medals left unearned, a range of opportunities remain for cities to improve the well-being of their communities.

Within three years, CityHealth will update its assessment—and add new policies—to track cities’ progress, as well as publish special issue briefs in relevant topics.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
– Laura Schmiegel, Senior Manager of Community Partnerships at Booz Allen Hamilton, reflects on her time in WRAG’s Institute for CSR, and the benefits of participating in the program regardless of your experience level. (Daily, 2/15)

Related: Registration for the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is open. Reserve your seat before it’s full!

A 2017 Outlook on Corporate Responsibility (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1/19)

AGING | Today’s Research on Aging: How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans (Population Reference Bureau, 2/15)

HOMELESSNESS | DC demolished a homeless encampment yesterday. The city cites rodent infestation and trash pile up as reasons for the action. (WaPo, 2/14)

IMPACT INVESTING | Impact Assets has released its 2016 Impact showcase which provides an overview of fund managers that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. WRAG has partnered with Enterprise Community Loan Fund, which was included in the list, for the Our Region, Your Investment initiative, an impact note focused on affordable housing in the region. (Impact Assets, 2/15)

IMMIGRATION | DC area restaurant owners are closing their doors in solidarity with their workers for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ on Thursday (WBJ, 2/15)

BUDGET | The DC Council is considering a bill that would allow the District to spend its budget surplus. (DCFPI, 2/13)


Making music from paper….

– Kendra

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