One Native veteran’s new mission: Fill in the gaps of VA care on his reservation

From NPR.org | by Quil Lawrence | Five-tour combat veteran Jestin Dupree works for the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes on the Fort Peck reservation in Montana. He aims to fill gaps in VA care that often leave Native veterans behind. The proportion of Native Americans who serve in the military is higher than any other …

Through community-based care, doula SeQuoia Kemp advocates for radical change

From NPR.org | SeQuoia Kemp has been providing support to birthing mothers, their partners and families before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth in Syracuse, N.Y., for more than a decade. And in a time where maternal mortality rates in the United States are staggeringly disproportionate for Black mothers and abortion rights are at risk …

How historical racism influences modern poverty and racial inequality

From Penn Today | By Michele W. Berger | To understand modern racial inequalities, historical context is crucial. That’s according to new research from Penn sociologist Regina Baker published in the American Journal of Sociology . Baker found that in southern states with a strong historical racial regime-a notion she conceptualized and then measured using …

The Casey Foundation’s Journey Toward Equitable Grant Making

From The Annie E. Casey Foundation Blog | by Katie Tetrault | Too often, fun­ders fail to con­sid­er the total cost of their grants, cre­at­ing fund­ing gaps that have a dis­pro­por­tion­ate impact on small­er non­prof­its and orga­ni­za­tions of color. Grantees that lack suf­fi­cient fund­ing strug­gle to pay for basic oper­a­tional costs, such as rent, util­i­ties, …

Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years

From NPR.org | by Nathan Rott | Shrunk reservoirs. Depleted aquifers. Low rivers. Raging wildfires. It’s no secret that the Western U.S. is in a severe drought. New research published Monday shows just how extreme the situation has become. The Western U.S. and northern Mexico are experiencing their driest period in at least 1,200 years, …

What is “Fringe”?

Not fringe. Too bad!

For grant writing, the Federal government uses the phrase “fringe” but they really mean the payroll taxes and basic benefits employers have to pay by law. It’s unlikely that they, or very many other funders, are going to fund actual “fringe benefits” like you and I think of fringe (corner office, paid vacations, travel allowance, …

The NIH director on why Americans aren’t getting healthier, despite medical advances

On first glance, it might seem like I don’t specialize and have clients “all over the place” but this article illustrates clearly the necessary connection between Science Communication and Behavioral Health. From NPR.org | by Selena Simmons-Duffin | It’s Dr. Francis Collins’ last few weeks as director of the National Institutes of Health after 12 …

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