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It's Not Flu As Usual: What Individuals and Families Need to Know About Pandemic Flu
May 8, 2009
Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Trust for America's Health Pandemic Preparedness Initiative has issued a brochure to inform individuals about possible pandemic flu outbreaks. It's Not Flu As Usual: What Individuals and Families Need to Know About Pandemic Flu (4 pages, PDF) warns that pandemic flu generally strikes three to four times...
Innovation in Action Video Podcast Series
May 6, 2009
The X Prize Foundation and BT Global Services have launched a ten-part video podcast series, Innovation in Action, that explores ways in which innovation can help solve some of the world's biggest challenges and contribute to economic recovery. Two episodes have been released so far: Xploring Collaboration, which looks at how the private sector...
2009 Retirement Confidence Survey
May 4, 2009
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute's 2009 Retirement Confidence Survey (11 pages, PDF), only 13 percent of workers say they are very confident they'll have enough money to retire comfortably — the lowest percentage since EBRI began conducting the survey in 1993 — while only 20 percent of retirees said they are very confident...
Proxy Preview 2009
May 2, 2009
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and As You Sow, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to increase corporate accountability, recently issued Proxy Preview 2009 (40 pages, PDF), the fifth in a series of reports designed to help foundation leaders use proxy voting to better align their investments with their missions. Funded in part by the...
The Changing Racial Dynamics of the War on Drugs
April 28, 2009
According to a new report from the Sentencing Project, the number of African Americans incarcerated in state prisons for drug offenses declined 21.6 percent between 1999 and 2005, while the number of white inmates in prison for drug offenses increased 42.6 percent over the same period. The report, The Changing Racial Dynamics of the War on Drugs...
Designing the Arts Learning Community
April 26, 2009
As part of an effort to restore dance, music, theater, and visual arts instruction to all public school students in local communities, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Los Angeles County and San Francisco arts commissions have published a handbook designed to help school districts develop high-quality professional development...
Measuring, Reporting, and Verification in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement
April 22, 2009
In time for Earth Day, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a report which argues that in order to reach agreement on new climate change commitments, nations will need to be confident that those commitments can be reliably measured, reported, and verified (MRV). Part of the center's series dedicated to advancing the international...
Stop the Presses
April 18, 2009
According to a nationally representative News Interest Index poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, only 43 percent of survey respondents — and 56 percent of regular newspaper readers — said that losing their local newspaper would hurt civic life in their community a lot, while even fewer (33 percent) said...
Racial Differences in Incident Heart Failure Among Young Adults
April 16, 2009
A recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded report published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that heart failure hits African Americans in their thirties and forties at the same rate as it hits Caucasians in their fifties and sixties. According to the report, Racial Differences in Incident Heart Failure Among Young Adults, 1...