The briefing takes place at Community of Hope (4 Atlantic St SW).
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
DC CFO leaves FY14 revenue estimates unchanged, except, revenues are running short of projections by nearly a full percentage point.— Michael Neibauer (@WBJNeibs) September 29, 2014
Mayor Vincent Gray and the Department of Health will release the 2012 infant mortality rate report Wednesday, October 1 at Noon at Community of Hope (4 Atlantic St SW). At the same time, Mayor Gray, DOH, and community and corporate partners will "unveil the District's new initiative to reduce the city's infant mortality rate", Stronger2gether.
At the event, the mayor and others will provide details about Stronger2gether; this will add to what we already know about the new initiative (see: Recap of September 26 maternal and child health equity panel with Mayor Vince Gray, "Empower Women to Improve Infant Mortality").
Those interested in IMR and the new initiative are invited to attend the event.
As you might expect, those who made it easier for me to help them were able to land jobs quicker. In particular, there was one job-seeker who did something I hadn't seen before. After asking if I would be on his "job-search committee," this job-seeker sent a document explaining everything I would need to help him. Referring to this document allowed me to better target my efforts, and in turn took up less of my time (win/win).
Dore recommends people make a "brag book" including the kind of information that will make others help more fruitful. For instance, include the kind of job you want, your salary requirements, and specifics about how the helper can help you. Dore even provides an example.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Aegis Health Security made the commitment to address infant mortality at the worldwide event taking place in New York City this week. Empower Women to Improve Infant Mortality explains the two-year partnership and identifies the partners:
Cherry & Associates, LLC, American Lung Association, CVS Health, District of Columbia, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Verizon Wireless, American Academy of Pediatrics, PNC Bank, CareFirst, Inc., General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, AmeriHealth, March of Dimes, The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Centering Healthcare Institute, District of Columbia Hospital Association
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
- Department of Corrections new inmate processing center ribbon cutting from 10:00 – 11:00 am at the DC Jail (1901 D St SE)
- Justice Park Apartments ribbon cutting from Noon - 1:00 pm at Justice Park Apartments (1421 Euclid St NW)
- Stronger2gether – One City 4 Healthier Babies: A National Model for Creating Maternal and Child Health Equity Panel from 2:00 – 3:15 pm at Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl NW in Salons H and I)
More information about the panel is in this blog post September 26: Mayor Gray talks about DC's new model for addressing infant mortality. For more on the new initiative, read District preparing launch of local initiative combating infant mortality rate and D.C. launches project to prevent infant deaths, in partnership with Aegis Health.
BACKGROUND: The District’s Inspector General IG) serves as an independent watchdog of the District government. The Office of the Inspector General conducts and initiates independent fiscal and management audits, inspections, and investigations of District government operations; and serves as the principal liaison between the District government and the federal Government Accountability Office. The IG’s term is set by statute at five years and is intentionally staggered so that it does not coincide with a mayoral term, and remains insulated from political pressure from the Mayor or the DC Council, which confirms the nominee. The IG also forwards to the appropriate authorities evidence of criminal wrongdoing that is discovered as the result of any audit, inspection, or investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General; and enters into a contract with an outside auditor to perform the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) of the District government for the fiscal year. The District’s previous Inspector General, Charles Willoughby, announced his retirement earlier this year.
Excited to have Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor BB Otero of DC join me for CGI to launch our infant mortality commitment pic.twitter.com/TjD9aOlTq9— Remy Szykier (@RemySzykier) September 22, 2014
New mom Kerry Washington (Scandal's Olivia Pope) as DC Mayor Gray at Clinton Global Initiative commits to save babies pic.twitter.com/Mh2N7XRuGk— Remy Szykier (@RemySzykier) September 22, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Join Mayor Vince Gray and others as they talk about Stronger2gether, the city's new model for addressing the too-high infant mortality rate. The panel discussion takes place Friday, September 26 from 2:00 - 3:15 pm at the convention center.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
BACKGROUND: MPD's use of body-worn cameras is intended to further the mission of the department and enhance service to the community by accurately documenting events, actions, conditions, and statements made during citizen encounters, traffic stops, arrests, and other incidents. In addition, the use of the cameras will help ensure the safety of both MPD officers and the public.
Watch 9/25: Even Me, award-winning doc that confronts overwhelming crisis of HIV/AIDS among those 50+. Details: http://t.co/vvZlNw4yA4— Age-Friendly DC (@AgeFriendlyDC) September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Remember to follow Mayor Gray, among others, on Twitter to learn what his plans for the District are. The announcement will be made September 22 between 9:00 and 11:00 am. More information is in Mayor Gray to announce new infant mortality reduction effort Sept. 22.
Those ideas submitted already are in this Google doc. The already-submitted ideas have been sent to candidates for mayor. Forwarding will continue as long as recommendations are added.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Mayor Vincent C. Gray will talk about the Clinton Global Initiative's new infant mortality effort, Stronger2gether Initiative, in New York City Monday, September 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 am. At that time, Mayor Gray will also announce the launch of the District's Stronger2gether Initiative.
Follow the mayor and the announcement online to learn more and share the good news that DC is taking on infant mortality:
Mayor Gray and Aegis Health Security, according to a Friday, September 19 press release,
will announce the Clinton Global Initiative's new commitment, Stronger2gether – One City 4 Healthier Babies, to improve maternal and child-health outcomes for the city as a model for urban communities. The Mayor's strong commitment to reducing the infant mortality rate in the District has put him in a highly selective group of global government leaders who will launch health-related initiatives at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting this year.Background on the partnership between DC government and Aegis:
The District government has partnered with Aegis Health Security, a global management-consulting firm with experience assisting governments improve health, to launch the District’s Stronger2gether Initiative. This is a public-private partnership with over 40 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment partners to reduce infant mortality in the District utilizing innovative analytics, best clinical practices and the mobilization of partners to create a culture of health and help babies get to their first birthday healthy and ready to thrive. The infant mortality rate (IMR) in the United States exceeds that of most other developed countries. According to the World Bank, in 2012 the U.S. ranked 32nd in the world in infant mortality, at 6.05 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. While the District has made significant progress in reducing its IMR in recent years, it remains above the national average at 7.4. The CGI partnership aims to reduce the District’s IMR to 5.0 by 2020 and eliminate disparities across social determinants of health.
You don't have to be an expert on the subject or the details of the bill. Tell the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs that you believe DC residents deserve equal rights and equal status with the 50 states of the Union. What you need to do:
- Type your testimony in a Word document. Include your name and Washington, DC, not your full address.
- Email your testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should include the subject "S. 132 Testimony", your testimony as an attachment (Word or PDF) and your name and address in the text of the email. CC email@example.com if you are comfortable with Neighbors United for DC Statehood posting your testimony on the Statehood Supporters page.
New Columbia Admission Act - Sets forth procedures for admission into the United States of the state of New Columbia.
Requires the Mayor of the District of Columbia to: (1) submit to the eligible voters propositions for statehood and adoption of a State Constitution, and (2) issue a proclamation for the first elections to Congress of two Senators and one Representative of New Columbia. Requires the President, upon adoption of such propositions and certification of such elections, to issue a proclamation announcing the results and admitting New Columbia into the Union.
Provides for conversion of District government offices to state offices.
Provides that New Columbia shall consist of all territory of the District as of the enactment of this Act, excluding land within specified metes and bounds that shall remain the District of Columbia and that shall include the principal federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court Building, the federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building, and certain military property.
Prohibits New Columbia from imposing taxes on federal property except as provided by Congress.
Maintains the applicability to New Columbia of current District laws and continues pending judicial proceedings.
Maintains: (1) the District of Columbia as the seat of the federal government, and (2) the federal government's authority over military lands and specified other property.
Requires each state that is the last place an individual resided before residing in the District of Columbia to permit such individual to vote in federal elections by absentee ballot. Sets forth a rule for expedited consideration of a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution to repeal the 23rd amendment (which provides for the appointment of electors for President and Vice President for the District).
Saturday, September 20, 2014
- Legislative Meeting at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber
- Committee of the Whole, following the leg meeting
DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media Monday, September 22 at 10:00 am in JAWB (Room 412) about the September 23 legislative meeting.
Event: Interdependence and Empowerment: Supported Living Services for Adults with Disabilities, late September
Details about the event are available from Lydia Brown, WMDSC President, via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
From the invitation:
While there is a groundswell of momentum, particularly in light of the White House Initiative, My Brother's Keeper, there is much work to be done to build upon and sustain this momentum. This event will provide a venue to advance the conversation around black male achievement and explore what's needed to move the field forward in this critical moment.
Thank goodness for Journalist's Resource. They've identified ways practices which will reduce the likelihood of embedding links that die at some point in the future. Website linking: The growing problem of "link rot" and best practices for media and online publishers is the result. The recommendation categories are:
- Put in only essential links.
- Ensure that links are clearly visible, yet don’t obscure your text.
- Choose linking text and link behavior carefully.
- 4. URL and content stability is everything.
- Whenever possible, link to pages rather than PDFs.
- Always look for the most compact and direct URL available, and ensure that it’s clean, with no unnecessary information after the URL itself.
- Avoid link-shorteners, with one exception.
- Don’t link in a way that violates copyright or breaks through paywalls. While there are a lot of gray areas, do your absolute best to respect all laws and regulations.
- Verify after publication and check your links at regular intervals.
- As you’re building and maintaining your own blog or website, remember that other sites link to your content, and you want to keep those links alive.
Take the time to read the whole piece as the specifics in each category are useful.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
From the release:
BACKGROUND: Since announcing plans a the world-class soccer stadium in Buzzard Point earlier this year, the District, DC United and Akridge have participated in several D.C. City Council hearings and community meetings on the project. This is an opportunity for community members to receive the very latest planning updates and answers to any questions they may have about the project, all in an informal setting. Representatives, government officials and key consultants will be available to discuss planned traffic operations, housing, environmental clean-up, jobs, contracting and more. In advance of the Open House, the public is encouraged to go online to www.oca.dc.gov/soccer to review the legislation, latest planning and transportation studies and images of the proposed stadium. Light refreshments and a kid's play area will be provided.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
ANC 1C has, with the assistance of Catholic University School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s graduate students and professor, published a baseline report about Adams Morgan. The topics included in the baseline report (PDF) are:
- Community Services and Facilities
- Economic Development
- Environment and Sustainability
- Land Use, Zoning, and Historic Preservation
"Envision Adams Morgan" wants community feedback on the baseline report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Office of Budget and Planning will kick off preparation of the city's FY 2016 budget October 2. The event is for DC government agencies only.
What will you do to advocate for the #dcfy16 budget?
Friday, September 12, 2014
Older news is that Terri Freeman is leaving CFNCR for a new gig in Memphis (see Community Foundation’s Terri Lee Freeman resigns). My former boss Angela Jones Hackley will serve as interim during the search for a permanent president.
Today is Yulondra Barlow's last day as director of the Committee on Human Services for the DC Council. Barlow is moving to Maryland.
Kim Jones, founder of Advocates for Justice and Education, is stepping aside. The AJE board is conducting a search for a new ED.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The public is encouraged to give feedback on the Service Members, Veterans and their Families draft action plan at the October 1 community feedback meeting.
The Service Members, Veterans and their Families Workgroup (SMVF) was established in partnership with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to improve behavioral health care systems for Service Members, Veterans and their Families. The Workgroup is led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and the Department of Behavioral Health.
The Service Members, Veterans and their Families action plan will guide the ongoing work of DC government agencies. The draft action plan was developed by Workgroup members; members represent more than 60 District and federal government agencies and community partners.
Before the plan is finalized, the Workgroup needs feedback from the community. Feedback will help the District strengthen the behavioral health care systems and services for service members, veterans and their families. There are three ways for the public to weigh in:
- Attend the public meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 1 pm to 3 pm
- Complete the online survey (coming soon)
- Email DMHHS
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Have you commented on the draft goals & objectives? What are you waiting for?! More: http://t.co/qYkFlevY5Z You have until 9/13 @ midnite.— Age-Friendly DC (@AgeFriendlyDC) September 10, 2014
NCLB Waiver: On Wednesday September 3, the Board approved by a vote of 8-1 an extension of DC's No Child Left Behind Waiver. The Waiver is not perfect, but the Superintendent included in the Waiver some key components that persuaded me to vote with the majority to approve it. First off, without a Waiver, the conversation to continue to improve DC's school accountability system would have stopped dead in its tracks, and to me, the urgency of improving our schools across the District is too important to "press pause." The Waiver also includes two key components that greatly appeal to me: a new mechanism for sharing "best practices" between DCPS and charter schools to speed school improvement, and a new school support team created by OSSE to support failing schools in their efforts to improve. Finally, the Superintendent has made a commitment to education stakeholders throughout DC to convene a working group on what the next iteration of improved accountability will look like; the first meeting of that group is expected as soon as this week. I applaud Superintendent Aguirre's commitment to make this an inclusive process with all stakeholders invited to participate in improving our accountability plan.
Office of Student Advocate: The DC Board of Education has just initiated the process to hire a Chief Student Advocate to, among other things, assist DC students who face struggles or challenges their schools are not addressing. The primary role of the Office of the Student Advocate is to provide outreach to students, parents, and guardians regarding public education in the District of Columbia, support and advocate for students in interactions with school personnel, facilitate the school enrollment process for students by providing students, parents, and guardians with information on school admission, choice, application, and enrollment processes in District of Columbia traditional public and public charter schools, and help students, parents, and guardians access education resources offered by the public schools. I am looking for individuals from Ward 7 who might be interested in participating in the community review process of the final candidates please let me know @ Karen.email@example.com.
Interested individuals can read more about this position on the District of Columbia Human Resources website, http://dchr.dc.gov/node/891702. To apply, individuals must submit a cover letter, a résumé, ranking factor responses, and salary history to:
Office of the Director - Staffing Division
DC Department of Human Resources
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 300 South
Washington, DC 20001
Or by email. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
If you are organizing online, you are probably familiar with the many ways to build your list of supporters: website sign up, online petitions, social sharing, and many more. But have you tried Twitter lead generation cards?
What are they? Cards are a call to action inside of a tweet. They allows users to share their pre-filled email and username with a company, organization, or campaign with a simple click and without leaving Twitter.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Want to learn more about Community Building? NTEN's post Getting meta: Why the #CommBuild chats have evolved for three years and counting gives readers links to other, non-Twitter ways to brush up on this topic and practice.
Spend some time over your morning coffee or take an afternoon breather for a little professional development!
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Attendees will focus on Advocacy Across the Lifespan, offering interactive issue advocacy training and tips for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Attendees will also be updated about progress in advancing person and family centered thinking, starting up a D.C. Parent to Parent chapter, and establishing a Family Support Council to advise government agencies.
Free lunch will be provided to all and those who qualify will receive a stipend. RSVP to Jestina Heroe via email, email@example.com or by phone, (202) 730-1586.
The meetings are convened by the Department on Disability Services, the Developmental Disabilities Council, the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Project ACTION!, the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Health Services for Children with Special Needs.
Several useful attributes of the images Flickr site:
- The images (photos, drawings, chicken scratch) may be used for free
- The images are searchable
- There are a TON (2.7 million as of this writing) of images available
Other news of note related to this from the American academic Kalev Leetaru whose project this is:
He added that he also planned to offer his code to others.
"Any library could repeat this process," he explained.
"That's actually my hope, that libraries around the world run this same process of their digitised books to constantly expand this universe of images."
These historical images add to the bevy of other free images recently made available. See TA: Free image sources for other sites offering free snaps and such.
Shout out to Morning Media Newsfeed - 9/2/2014 for sharing this valuable and useful info!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
- FY 2014 3rd Quarter, Intra-District Report
- 3rd Quarter, Emergency and Contingency Cash Reserve Fund Status Report as of June 30, 2014
- 3rd Quarter FY 2014, Congressional Grants Report
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The District of Columbia has again received the "unsatisfactory" rating from Save the Children (report cards) for failing to meet standard 4, having a multi-hazard plan for k-12 schools. The District has received this rating since at least 2010.
Equally interesting is the national finding about the risk parents identify for their children in early childhood programs or school.
Also interesting is the finding from a national survey about how much parents know about disaster plans of schools/early learning centers.
Age-Friendly DC is once again engaging the community. This time to comment on the draft goals and objectives prepared by the Task Force with input from hundreds, if not thousands, of DC residents and stakeholders.
Age-Friendly DC is hosting community meetings (remaining three deets below) and has an online survey. The community feedback meetings are being held:
- Wednesday, September 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library, 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE, Room 1
- Tuesday, September 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Savoy Elementary School, 2400 Shannon Place SE, Gymnasium
- Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1100 4th Street SW, Room E200
The deadline for comments is the end of the day September 13.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Age-Friendly DC's Block-by-Block Walk continues this week with the big effort with GW students September 6 (volunteers still needed).
But folks like @birtekeays are stepping up to walk Single Member Districts in Wards 1, 2, 3, and 5 (I think all of Ward 8 has been walked) so Age-Friendly DC's effort to make the city better for all ages is realized. If you're interested in walking in the Dupont Circle area, contact @birtekeays. Want to participate in the Block-by-Block Walk in another part of the city, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (202-727-7973) Age-Friendly DC.