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December 14, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

United Medical Center decides not to reopen its nursery and delivery rooms

HEALTH CARE
– Recently, maternal care services for low-income women of color in the District’s wards 5,7, and 8 have become almost inaccessible due to hospital unit closings and other rule changes. Now United Medical Center, the first hospital that was forced to close its maternal ward, has voted to permanently close it. (WaPo, 12/13)

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7), chairman of the council’s health committee, said the board’s action “sends a powerfully negative message” to the poor and predominantly African American residents of Southeast Washington.

“It says that in terms of the allocation and equity of services, the people on the East End of the city are seen as not sufficiently worthy to have available to them one of the most important services a population can have,” Gray said, adding that he hoped to re-examine the board’s decision in a public hearing.

– Maryland residents will now have until December 22 to sign up for health care after the state extended the deadline yesterday. (Baltimore Sun, 12/13)

PHILANTHROPY
– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, responds to Kathleen Enright’s, CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, recent article on the need to change philanthropy’s definition of effectiveness. (NAF, 12/11)

– Differing views on donor-advised funds are coming from the philanthropic sector. (Atlantic, 12/13)

IMMIGRATIONIn the face of fear and xenophobia, D.C. agencies and nonprofits reach out to homeless immigrants (Street Sense, 12/13)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | A new study has found that mothers who live near fracking wells are more likely to give birth to infants with a low birth weight. (Atlantic, 12/13)

TECHNOLOGY | The Federal Communications Commission will vote today to end net neutrality, which are rules requiring internet service providers to treat all traffic equally. (NBC News, 12/14)


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– Kendra

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