Urgent care center to open east of the river in the District is a step forward for health equity

HEALTH/EQUITY | The first urgent care center is coming to Wards 7 and 8, which advocates say is long overdue and a major step forward in the fight for health equity. MBI Health Services will open the center, which will be a 24/7 site for any acute problem that doesn’t truly require a trip to the emergency room. (CP, 3/13)

MBI hopes to finish building out its center by November of this year. As far as their doctors are concerned, it couldn’t open soon enough. MBI CEO Marie Morilus-Black says that “at least once a week, sometimes more, we have to call an ambulance for one of our patients because their [blood] pressure is so high as to be at a stroke level.” She wants to send them to an urgent care rather than to the ER, but there aren’t any east of the river. So she decided to start her own.

HOUSING
– Citi has maintained top position as the largest affordable housing lender in the country. (Affordable Housing Finance, 3/4)

Our property tax system rewards neglect and punishes investment in struggling neighborhoods (GGW, 3/11)

RACIAL EQUITY
– Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich stand united in the creation of a new racial equity and social justice policy.

– City planners need to talk about race. The lives of our residents depend on it (GGW, 3/12)

– A racial slur aimed at three black children on a DC schoolyard has moved a public elementary school with a mostly white, wealthy student body to examine school inclusivity and discipline policies. (WaPo, 3/12)

TRANSIT | More (rich) people are living near DC Metro stations, but fewer are riding. (WaPo, 3/11)

LGBTQIA+ | ‘Gender Neutral’ ID Bill Gains Traction in Annapolis (Bethesda Magazine, 3/11)

PHILANTHROPY | How Liberatory Philanthropy and Restorative Investing Can Remake the Economy (NPQ, 2/28)


Interesting – a history of DC’s Daylight Saving mishaps

The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back this week on Friday!

– Buffy