HIV prevention drug awareness in DC focuses on black women

HIV/AIDS | Addressing the HIV rate in the District, which is the nation’s highest, has long been a priority for the city. Now the city has partnered with local organizations to raise awareness and increase access to a new prevention drug for the community that are the second-highest demographic at risk for HIV: black women. But with this new awareness, they are still dealing with the barriers related to accessing the drug. (StreetSense, 3/22)

Low-income Black women or those who are homeless face systemic barriers to accessing PrEP when they are HIV-negative. If they are HIV-positive, they face significant stigma surrounding HIV in society and even within the medical community.

Since PrEP requires a prescription and follow-up appointments every three months, people with unstable housing face additional challenges in trying to obtain PrEP. Simply lacking a place to store the medication is a problem.

Dr. Monica Vohra, a primary care physician at Bread for the City, noted that transportation is a large problem for adherence to PrEP by patients experiencing homelessness. “How do you get to your provider to have these follow-up visits that are pretty much required for you to be able to take the medication?” Vohra asked. “PrEP is useful if it’s taken correctly. Its efficacy really reduces if it’s not taken on a consistent basis.”

Related: The Washington AIDS Partnership launched its PrEP for Women Initiative last year to increase knowledge and use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among women of color in the District. Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership said this about the program,”We are proud to be managing one of the largest programs helping women of color.”

NONPROFITS/EVENT | Dr. Donney John, executive director of NOVA Scripts Central, reflects on his experience at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop in 2016 and shares why the workshop was valuable for his work with his clinic. (Daily, 3/23)

Related: Learn how to strengthen relationships with existing corporate funders and attract the attention of future corporate partners at WRAG’s Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Two-Day Workshop. Register here

PHILANTHROPY | This week foundation leaders met with members of Congress during Foundations on the Hill, an annual event sponsored by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Alliance for Charitable Reform, and the Council on Foundations. The topics discussed included the Johnson Amendment and recent proposed budget cuts. (Chronicle, 3/22 – Subscription needed)

LGBTQ/AGINGAdvocates fear erasure of LGBTQ seniors from national elder survey (MetroWeekly, 3/20)

REGION | Both Loudoun County and DC saw the most population growth in our region. (WTOP, 3/23)

GENDER EQUITY | Women in the District and Maryland most likely will have equal pay by 2065, but nationally, women of color might have to wait about 200 more years according to new research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. (Citylab, 3/22)

MENTAL HEALTH | NPR explores how a ‘scarcity mindset‘ can make problems worse and how to deal with it. (WAMU, 3/23)

Related: Last year’s Brightest Minds speaker Eldar Shafir, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, discussed how scarcity impacted individuals living in poverty. Read about the session here.

Would you have guessed the right letter?

– Kendra

Maryland advocates want to re-open recovery school for teens

– As the opioid epidemic sweeps the nation and Maryland’s governor has declared a state of emergency due to the crisis, advocates are looking at reopening a school for teenagers dealing with addiction. Drug-related emergency room visits are up for teenagers in Montgomery County, MD, which is prompting this effort. (WaPo, 3/19)

Former students recall the importance of the school’s recovery-minded community, apart from their old friends and bad habits. At Phoenix, other teenagers were trying to stay clean; they often remained at Phoenix a year or two, then returned to their high schools or graduated.

Henry Bockman, 48, who attended in the mid-1980s and is now a business owner in the county, says he recalls team-building during outdoor trips — rock climbing, caving, rafting — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, support from other teenagers and teachers who took the time to really know students.

– Study: Half or more of community college students struggle to afford food, housing (Hechinger Report, 3/15)

ADVOCACY | Last week, WRAG’s Board of Directors voted to sign on as a supporter of the New Social Compact, a statement of values, practices, and actions produced by professor john a. powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, discusses why WRAG signed on to the compact, and how we use our voice on issues that matter. (Daily, 3/20)

HEALTH | A new state analysis found that under the proposed healthcare bill, Virginia’s Medicaid program could lose $1.8 billion over a six-year span. (WTOP, 3/17)

REGION/ECONOMY | The administration’s new budget would severely impact social spending in the DC region. (WaPo, 3/18)

WRAG/EVENTS | On March 30th, the 2030 Group, a regional group of Washington Metropolitan area business leaders who are focused on strengthening the region’s economy, will hold “The Roadmap for Washington Region’s Economic Future: Where Are We Now?” event. Register here.

HOUSING | Opinion: The D.C. region needs a housing corporation to help make home prices affordable (WaPo, 3/17)

ENVIRONMENT | Why racial equity and diversity have to matter in the environmental sector and how to address it. (Center for Effective Philanthropy, 3/16)

An office MacGyver with the steaks

– Kendra

Anti-LGBTQ attacks are up across the US

LGBTQ | Casa Ruby, a DC bilingual and multicultural LGBTQ organization, was vandalized this past Sunday and one of the staff was attacked. These incidents are on the rise in the context of state and federal policy shifts that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. (NBC News, 3/13)

This is the third time in just two weeks that men have come to Casa Ruby to harass and attack the transgender women that meet there for support and companionship. And D.C. is not the only city to see its local LGBTQ community center hit by violence or vandalism in recent weeks.

In February and March, a spate of hate incidents occurred at LGBTQ community centers and similar venues across the nation, in a trend that has gone underreported.

YOUTH/RACE | There has been a number of Black and Latinx teens reported missing in the District recently. A national magazine asks why more media outlets aren’t reporting on them. (Teen Vogue, 3/13)

PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, in partnership with the Meyer Foundation, has created a Resilience Fund to support the needs of nonprofits working to protect the region’s vulnerable communities as a result of changes in federal policy. Read more.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | What is the role of museums during times of political unrest? Some believe the institutions should engage, while others believe they should remain neutral. (NYT, 3/13)

ECONOMY | This economist warns that the new administration’s budget cuts could cause a recession in the DC region. (Washingtonian, 3/13)

REGION | DC Policy Center explains the intersecting borders of our region and how we should work together to tackle social issues. (GGW, 3/13)

ENVIRONMENT | More DC schools are installing solar panels to lower the cost of energy bills, in addition to teaching students about solar energy. (WTOP, 3/14)

The many ways we’re ruining cherry blossoms for future generations…

– Kendra

DC to review its youth second-chance law

YOUTH/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Yesterday, the DC Council began hearing testimony on their plan to revise the District’s Youth Rehabilitation Act, a policy that allows courts to show leniency when sentencing persons under the age of 22. A Washington Post series found that judges may have used the act to give violent offenders shorter prison sentences. (WaPo, 2/9)

[Councilmember Charles] Allen began the hearing saying that he intended to find “what’s working, what’s not working and to chart a course” for improvement.

Five hours into the hearing — filled with emotional testimony from convicts who said they had benefited from having their records sealed — Allen made clear that he has no intention of repealing the Youth Act.

He said he would like to restore the rehabilitation services promised but not delivered under the law and to curb judges who exploit its provisions to hand out overly lenient sentences.

REGION | The Washington Business Journal has released its honorees for its 10th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards. We’re proud to announce that WRAG’s own president Tamara Lucas Copeland has been selected as an awardee! Read more about the award here. (WBJ, 2/10)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS | A local radio show held a conversation with Ward 8 residents on the District’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Listen here (WAMU, 2/9)

EQUITY | Despite DC being named 4th-best place to live in US, huge quality of life gap remains in city, data shows (FOX5DC, 2/9)

– Undocumented immigrants in the DC metropolitan region worry about their future and make plans under threat of possible deportation (WaPo, 2/8)

– How Immigrants Changed the Geography of Innovation (Citylab, 2/9)

HEALTHWhat repeal? D.C.’s health exchange plows forward with plans for 2018 (WBJ, 2/9)

MENTAL HEALTH | Opinion: One fact that is ignored when we discuss gun violence and mental illness (NPQ, 2/9)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Donor Services Associate, District of Columbia | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region– New!
PATH Resource Center Manager | Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Program Officer | Communities for Just Schools Fund
Program Assistant | Communities for Just Schools Fund
Grants Program Director | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Senior Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Nonprofit Financial Planning & Analysis Manager | Arabella Advisors
Managing Director for Equity and Health | Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF)
Nonprofit Project Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Human Resources Manager | Arabella Advisors
Executive Assistant to the President (P/T) | ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Administrative Associate
| Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Manager, Operations & Programming
| Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Senior Associate, Engagement – Mid-Atlantic and Retail and Direct Bank markets
| Capital One
Executive Director
| Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.

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So cell phones used to require car batteries?

– Kendra

Why investing in DC area residents is good for the economy

REGION | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has released a new report, State of the Region: Human Capital Report, that includes data on the region’s population, growth, and workforce trends. The report is intended to show the possible economic growth of the Washington Metropolitan region if different sectors took steps to invest in the region’s residents. The report also includes insights on the state of the region’s human capital from a number of COG’s community partners, including WRAG. (MWCOG, 2/8)

WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland had this to say about the report:

“WRAG appreciated the opportunity to contribute to COG’s report. Our region is full of talented and enterprising residents. We must all work together to identify barriers, including structural racism and the lack of affordable housing, that prevent people across the region from achieving their full potential. WRAG is glad to join with COG in this important conversation.”

– Former tenants of a northeast DC housing complex are still waiting for the property to be redeveloped – eight years later. (WCP, 2/9)

– 1 in 5 DC-area homeowners is ‘equity rich’ (WTOP, 2/9)

LGBTQ | Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vows to veto any bills that discriminate against LGBT individuals. (InsideNova, 2/8)

RACIAL EQUITY | A recent study, “The Asset Value of Whiteness” (featured in the Daily earlier this week), has another surprising statistic – Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents (WAMU, 2/9)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Opinion: Activism Ascendant: More Funding for Arts Organizations Supporting “Positive Social Change” (Inside Philanthropy, 2/7)

Related Event: Make sure to register for WRAG’s next Brightest Minds session on March 29th featuring Roberta Uno, head of ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America. She will talk about the cultural sector in the context of our nation’s shifting demographics, and why we should put the arts and artists at the forefront of community change. Register hereThis program is open to the public.

HEALTH | Soon Maryland doctors serving Medicaid patients will need prior authorization to write some prescriptions for opioids. The new policy is intended to address the opioid crisis. (Baltimore Sun, 2/8)

EDUCATIONA majority of Virginians say public schools are underfunded, survey shows (WaPo, 2/8)

Real DC, according to instagram.

– Kendra

Meyer Foundation invests $1 million for affordable housing in the Greater Washington region

– The Meyer Foundation has announced a major impact investment of $1 million to support the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Greater Washington region. The funds will be invested through Our Region, Your Investment, an impact investing initiative launched this year by the Enterprise Community Loan Fund and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

Our Region, Your Investment was created in response to the more than 150,000 families in the Greater Washington region currently in urgent need of affordable housing solutions—a number expected to double in less than 10 years.

“Affordable housing is one of our region’s most significant challenges,” says Meyer CEO Nicky Goren. “For low-income individuals and families, it leads to an increased risk of homelessness, reduced access to employment opportunities, and financial instability. More broadly, a lack of affordable housing reduces our region’s economic competitiveness, which affects us all.”

– New legislation is being proposed to help low-income renters in the District. (WaPo, 10/22)

HOMELESSNESS | Over 30 families have been displaced after a fire broke out at the DC General homeless shelter. (WaPo, 10/24)

COMMUNITY | Congrats to WRAG’s Tamara Copeland for earning an honorable mention Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership Award today from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement!

HEALTHCARE | A new regional medical center is coming to Prince Georges County that will improve healthcare options and outcomes for residents. (PG Sentinel, 10/20)

REGIONSkip The Line: Early Voting For General Election Ramps Up Across The Region (WAMU, 10/21)

WORKFORCE/RACE | Wage gains among the African American community are outpacing gains for whites since the recession ended – but there is still a large racial pay gap. (WSJ, 10/20)

DIVERSITY | According to a new analysis, women in D.C. represent one of the most diverse groups in the country. (City Paper, 10/21)

EDUCATION/RACE | Black College Grads Owe Nearly Twice as Much Student Debt as Whites Four Years Out (WSJ, 10/20)

DISTRICT | We know where most of DC’s population lives. Does Metro run through those places? (GGW, 10/24)

NONPROFITS | Opinion: How Better Data Can Lead Nonprofits to Greater Diversity (Chronicle, 10/24)

I have eagerly awaited SNL’s political comedy each weekend this election season – here’s a fun reminder of why Saturday Night Live helps us laugh about politics – Buffy

Growing numbers of Central American asylum seekers coming to DC area

The number of undocumented Central Americans entering the U.S. is rising due to violence and poverty in that region, a growing influx that may constitute a refugee crisis. This year, an estimated 4,000 unaccompanied Central American children alone have settled in the metro D.C. region. (WAMU, 9/28)

The U.S. Border Patrol categorizes apprehensions into two groups: “Family units,” which mean an adult and at least one minor, and “unaccompanied children.” In fiscal 2014, there were 66,144 family units and 66,115 unaccompanied children apprehended at the Southwestern border. Those numbers shrank to 34,565 and 35,485, respectively, after enforcement ramped up in fiscal 2015. The flow has returned in fiscal 2016, with 68,080 family units and 54,052 unaccompanied children apprehended at the border through August.

– There may be another impending government shut down – what happens to D.C. if it does? (Washingtonian, 9/27)

– The D.C. statehood conversation continues at an upcoming public hearing a few weeks in advance of voters being asked to approve a referendum calling for D.C. to become the 51st state. (WaPo, 9/27)

 – D.C. Universities And Businesses Propose Bill Requiring 8 Weeks Of Paid Leave (WAMU, 9/27)

– School adopts gender-neutral homecoming court, so there might be no ‘king’ or ‘queen’ (WaPo, 9/27)

– Racial bias among preschool teachers is the focus of a new Yale study. (WaPo, 9/27)

Students in Md. counties underperform in test for college readiness (WTOP, 9/28)

HEALTH | A new, larger Planned Parenthood office location opens in Northeast Washington. (WJLA, 9/28)

– Grantmakers in the Arts continues to update their focus on Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy with new definitions, recommendations, and resources to support funders in this work. The materials and efforts on collective action toward racial equity are directed toward arts funders, but appropriate for the entire philanthropic sector.

– The Washington Business Journal is seeking nominations for their Corporate Philanthropy Awards, which honor partnerships between local businesses and nonprofits that demonstrate positive outcomes for both organizations. Nominations are due this Friday, September 30th.

– After 25 Years of Grant Making, I Worry We Have Lost Sight of Nonprofit Struggles (CP, 9/6)

HOUSINGRent in our region is expensive. Does that mean it’s unaffordable? (GGW, 9/27)

TRANSPORTATION | Va. budget shortfall to have some impact on transportation side (WTOP, 9/28)

Pumpkins aren’t the only game in town this fall! Brussel sprouts are my favorite – Buffy