First citywide program for connecting black women with HIV prevention drugs coming to DC

HIV/AIDS 
A $1 million investment from the MAC AIDS Fund will go toward making D.C. the first major city to get a program that will connect black heterosexual women (the second-highest group of new HIV infections) in the District with pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. (Slate, 6/17)

In 2009, D.C. declared an HIV epidemic that rivaled those in many African nations, with around 3 percent of the city’s residents living with HIV. In some areas and age groups, it was closer to 5 percent. Though targeted prevention efforts have cut D.C.’s new-diagnosis rate by almost 60 percent since then, the city still has an HIV rate nearly twice as high as the state with the next highest rate, Louisiana, and nearly 4 percent of black residents are infected. In D.C. and across the country, HIV is a racialized epidemic among women: As of 2012, 92 percent of D.C. women living with HIV were black.

Channing Wickham, executive director of Washington AIDS Partnership, which is at the forefront of these efforts, had this to say:

The Washington AIDS Partnership is excited to be at the center of Washington, D.C.’s goal to “end HIV” through the soon-to-be released “90/90/90/50 by 2020” plan, and innovative HIV prevention strategies such as  Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for women. Stay tuned for a major announcement with more details on June 30!

RACISM/INEQUALITY | Marcela Brane, Herb Block Foundation president and CEO, shares with WRAG this year’s winner of the Foundation’s annual Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning, and the enduring impact and significance of the political cartoonist in society. Check out the winning cartoon, “Racist EZCash,” by Mark Fiore(Daily, 6/20)

REGION | Leaders of Washington’s former bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are said to be keeping up the momentum of their efforts by continuing to meet to discuss objectives for further regional cooperation, even without the possibility of the summer games. (WBJ, 6/17)

DISTRICT
Unemployment rates in D.C.’s ward 7 and 8 are at the lowest levels in several years, according to newly-released federal data from the Department of Employment Services. (WCP, 6/17)

– A report by the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis examines the gender pay gap among the city’s workforce. While men make more than women for the same work in most industries, D.C.’s nonprofit sector is shown to be one area where women often make more than men in similar positions. (WBJ, 6/17)

–  This Is The Insane Amount of Money it Takes To Be Considered “Wealthy” in DC (Washingtonian, 6/17)

EDUCATION
Montgomery County schools have adopted a new budget officials hope will narrow the school system’s achievement gap and lower class sizes. (WaPo, 6/17)

– Data show that more than 1.3 million U.S. students were homeless in 2013-2014. Advocates are looking to bring greater awareness and support to youth experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty, and a new report surveying homeless youth reveals that many schools may be failing to help students. (WaPo, 6/17)

HEALTH/YOUTH
– According to estimates, there are still 37 million homes in the U.S. that contain lead-based paint and 6 million that recieve drinking water through lead pipes. With children shown to absorb more lead than adults, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging physicians to be more proactive about testing children for exposure. (NPR, 6/20)

Video: Can the U.S. End Teen Pregnancy? (Atlantic, 6/14)


Just in case you haven’t heard, Clevelanders are very, very happy today.

– Ciara

The next “great entrepreneurial city”

REGION/ECONOMY
AOL co-founder Steve Case recently discussed what he predicts will be the “third wave” of the Internet, in which all areas of life will be more seamlessly connected, and how he thinks Greater Washington’s talent pool could shape the region into one of the great entrepreneurial hubs with better coordination between the business and tech communities. (WBJ, 1/12)

[…] the community must continue to build networks between the tech and business communities, drive more investment in big ideas and make sure to retain the talent that moves here, which Case described as “core issues.”

“If done right — and I think they can be done right — it really will position D.C. to rise as one of the great entrepreneurial cities in this next wave,” Case said.

PHILANTHROPY
– The Truth Initiative has long been a leader in the fight against teen smoking. The Chronicle of Philanthropy shares how they rebranded in order to further connect with youth and continue to crush the rates of teen smoking. (Chronicle, 1/7) – Subscription required

– Foundation Center president Brad Smith introduces a new online data dashboard, funding map, and report from Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy called Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy. The interactive dashboard offers a quick glimpse at disaster-related funding trends for 2015. (Philantopic, 1/12)

EDUCATION | Opinion: Natalie Wexler, education blogger/editor of Greater Greater Education and DC Eduphile, and trustee of the Omega Foundation, explores the rigors of D.C. high school diploma and diploma equivalency programs in her latest blog post. (GGE, 1/12)

RACIAL EQUITY/GENDER EQUITY | There is a racial wealth gap in the U.S. that persists well into retirement for most black and Latino citizens. For black women especially, studies find, the disadvantages that contribute to this wealth gap stretch far beyond that of their peers. (Oregon Live, 1/11)


Just for fun, check out your odds of winning the Powerball jackpot, according to this interactive simulator. Then, if the odds are in your favor, see what you could buy in the Greater Washington region with all that money.

– Ciara

 

Rick Moyers on board lessons from UVA…Gray to chair Chesapeake cleanup council…Report says Maryland lost 31,000 wealthy residents [News, 7.10.12]

NONPROFITS | In his latest Against the Grain column, the Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers analyzes the recent University of Virginia turmoil and says that big mistakes made by the university board offer a lesson for nonprofits (Chronicle, 7/9):

For board members of all types of nonprofits, this episode should serve as a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when a board and its leaders are not clear about their roles. Trouble often erupts when people forget that boards govern, board members do not.

Related: Here’s an old article from the Nonprofit Quarterly about how personalities affect boards. (NPQ, 2003)

ENVIRONMENT | District Mayor Vincent Gray has been chosen as the new chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, a group of the region’s officials dedicated to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.  The council is another great example of the power of regionalism. (Examiner, 7/10)

HEALTH | Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius writes a defense of the Affordable Healthcare Act and offers facts to counter three attacks on the bill – about costs, the burden on small businesses, and the impact on Medicare. (WaPo, 7/10)

WEALTH | A new study from Change Maryland – an anti-tax group – finds that a net 31,000 wealthy individuals left the state between 2007 and 2010, when Gov. O’Malley’s “millionaire’s tax” was in effect. The group says that the tax cost the state $1.7 billion in lost tax revenue. On the flipside, the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute says taxes weren’t the drivers of the exodus, and new residents offset most of the exiting ones. (CNBC, 7/10)

POLITICS | It must be pretty easy to be a local politics reporter. All you have to do is recycle the same story and switch the names. This week’s conspiracy, fraud, and campaign finance violation charges go to former Vincent Gray donor/aide Eugenia Harris. (WAMU, 7/9)

LOCAL | Due to damage from the earthquake, the Washington Monument will need to be scaffolded (again) and likely won’t reopen until 2014. (DCist, 7/10) 2014? Who is managing this repair? Metro?

CORRECTION | For those of you who get the Daily via email, I forgot to add the hyperlink to Pablo Eisenberg’s article yesterday. Here it is. Sorry for the confusion.


When Paris ran out of room for cemeteries, officials dug up graves and moved the bones deep underground into the city’s extensive network of catacombs. I had a chance to visit recently, and it was a strange but impressive experience.

Well, it seems that Hong Kong is also facing an overcrowding problem, so designers have suggested unique alternative. Floating graves. Or really, a floating ship of graves – complete with a food court and worship areas. Very innovative.

Can the private sector hold up our region’s economy?…Poverty map of the District…Older adults give more generously [News, 12.15.11]

ECONOMY | Our region has typically had a healthier-than-average economy thanks to the huge workforce demands of the federal government. Since the government doesn’t have any money and is slashing budgets, economists say that our region will now have to rely heavily on the private sector. But can the private sector pick up the slack? (WaPo, 12/15)

Related: The Post’s annual list of the region’s 200 largest businesses (WaPo, 12/15)

Poverty map of D.C. (The Atlantic)

POVERTY | The Atlantic has created a map of the District that shows the poverty level by neighborhood based on Census data. The map reveals shockingly high rates of poverty (40 percent and higher) in some areas, especially east of the river. (Atlantic, 12/15)

HOMELESSNESS | Despite opposition from residents and local businesses, the Arlington County Board has voted unanimously to purchase a building near Courthouse that would be used as a homeless shelter. (Examiner, 12/15)

GIVING | A new survey finds that older adults – age 55 and up – give more generously than younger individuals. (Wire, 12/15)

WINTER | D.C. has unveiled its new snow response strategy, which includes a fleet of new plows. (WAMU, 12/15) Hopefully they have also realized that plowing when there is just a dusting of snow only leads to gigantic potholes and tons of noise.

Related: Speaking of snow, meteorologists predict that we are not going to get any for Christmas, which is not what I want to hear! (WTOP, 12/15) Sing it, Bing.

GOVERNMENT | If I had a nickle for every time I wrote “the government might shutdown this week,” then…I would have a lot of nickles, which don’t really add up to much in this day and age. (WTOP, 12/15)


Today is apparently National Cupcake Day, according to the internet. My girlfriend lives up the street from Georgetown Cupcake, and the line is always half-a-block long. I like to walk up to the end of the line and ask people if they are in line to cross the street. Their confused reactions are pretty funny – especially the brief moments of panic when they consider that they might not be in the right line for a cupcake.

In more exciting culinary news, a New Orleans-style po boy shop is opening in Dupont Circle. If they have boudin balls, I will be one happy camper!

New report finds region’s wealth gap significantly widening [News 10.12.11]

A new report from the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis finds that the wage gap between high- and low-earners in Virginia is the second highest in the nation and has become significantly worse since the beginning of the recession. D.C. ranks fourth, and Maryland sixth (Examiner, 10/12):

The result is that the top 10 percent of earners in Virginia make 5.72 times more in wages than the bottom 10 percent — a gap that is second only to New Jersey. The ratio in D.C. was 5.35-to-1 and in Maryland 5.21-to-1.

“The challenge for us is what we do about that here in Virginia because these imbalances demonstrate major setbacks for our economy,” said [Michael] Cassidy, president of the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit research group that focuses on low- and moderate-income persons. “The impact on the consumer economy is a real one.”

Related video: In August, WRAG sat down with The Commonwealth Institute’s Michael Cassidy to hear about the organization’s expansion into Northern Virginia.

Related: Read the full report – Unbalanced, Unequal and Undercut

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has announced Lionell Thomas as its new executive director.

LOCAL/NOT LOCAL | Trivia: The number one country of origin for immigrants in Montgomery County is El Salvador. As such, the county has signed a “sister city” agreement aimed at strengthening ties with the Morazan region of El Salvador. (WaPo, 10/12)

FACTOID | Today’s Philanthropy Factoid Wednesday explores the mysterious origins of community foundations. Well, not mysterious. It just sounded cool at the time. (WG Daily, 10/12)

COMMUNITY | We mentioned that a number of WRAG members were honored on the Washingtonian’s list of most powerful women in the region. At a reception last week, Washingtonian provided a fun souvenir – magazine cover shots. Here’s WRAG’s board chair, Rose Ann Cleveland, who invited Tamara to join her for this newly-iconic photo.

Also, as it so happens, I have a magazine cover of myself with King Kong in front of the Empire State Building. Just saying…

TRANSIT | After realizing that there are literally more than 44,000 possible rail fares – which only John Nash would be able to easily understand – Metro has decided to explore options for simplifying fare options. (WTOP, 10/12) Lesson for the future: don’t create confusing problems that are obvious from the outset.

– This is really cool. A simple program that weighs the cost, time, and health benefits of various forms of transportation between two points. Unfortunately, it isn’t available in our region yet. (GGW, 10/11)


Well, it’s been a long week! I’ll be out of town tomorrow and Friday, so Rebekah has the Daily covered for the rest of the week.