Amanda Merck published the resource An Analysis of Child Care Deserts by Zip Code in 8 States in the Hub Salud America! 1 month ago
Although research has shown the many health, social and emotional, and cognitive benefits of quality early child care and education, Latinos have the lowest participation in these programs.
Child care deserts may be the answer.
Although affordability, work schedules, and waiting lists are also factors, location is often the first […]
Housing segregation through much of the 1900’s resulted in drastic inequity in neighborhood walkability, among numerous other social justice issues.
Join America Walks’ quarterly webinar series, Walking Toward Justice, to get a better understanding in the systematic and socially-constructed creation of past and present inequalities in […]
Amanda Merck published the resource TED Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 1 week ago
Childhood trauma increases risk for seven out of 10 leading causes of death in the US.
Abuse, neglect and poverty can change our brains and our bodies, yet doctors are not trained in routine screening or treatment of childhood trauma.
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris digs into the effects of repeated childhood traumatic experiences on the […]
Amanda Merck published the change Detroit Lawsuit Over Civil Right to Literacy in Michigan in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Only a little over 5% of 4th and 8th grader students in Detroit, Michigan scored proficient in reading.
In September 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court against Governor Rick Snyder and state education officials, claiming that the state of Michigan is denying students in Detroit Public Schools their constitution […]
Two critical parts of every bus trip are the walk there and the walk back.
Sadly, many streets are designed for cars, not families, making for some very sorry bus stops.
Safe routes and safe bus stops are critical for people to access basic necessities, like schools, work, grocery stores, parks, healthcare, and other cultural and […]
Amanda Merck published the change Head Start Partners with Technical and Community College in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Latino children may have education disadvantages when starting kindergarten. Head Start, which is free for low-income families, may help to improve school readiness with curriculum to enhance children’s language, pre-literacy, and social-emotional skills.
In 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Head Start passed new performance […]
Amanda Merck published the change Fruit Juice Banned in Primary Schools to Cut Obesity in Scotland in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Sweetened sugary beverages are the main sources of excess sugar consumption and are associated with decreased water, fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as increased risk for obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Parents in the Tayside area of Scotland expressed their concerns about the excess sugar given to toddlers in the form […]
Amanda Merck published the change Azusa Unified is Now a Pre-K through 12th District in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Nearly 85% of brain development happens in the first three years of life.
School districts in California are beginning to dedicate more funds to early child education.
In August 2017, Azusa Unified School District (67.6% Latino) in Los Angeles County, California (48.5% Latino) adopted a resolution to identify itself as a Pre-K through […]
Amanda Merck published the change Outdoor Recreation is Essential to the American Economy in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Americans spend more on bicycling gear and trips ($81 billion) than they do on airplane tickets and fees ($51 billion), and nearly as much on snow sports ($53 billion) as on internet access ($54 billion), according to a 2012 report by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).
OIA predicts that Americans spend $646 billion each year on outdoor […]
Amanda Merck published the resource World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Sustaining Breastfeeding Together in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Sustainable development is essentially about ecology, economy, and equity.
We cannot achieve sustainable development without multi-level partnerships at all levels.
World Breastfeeding Week 2017 is about sustaining breastfeeding together across four thematic areas:
Amanda Merck published the change New Orleans Mayor to Address Climate Change Through Walking in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 3 weeks ago
New Orleans has a lot at stake when it comes to climate change.
Among many strategies to reduce dependence on carbon-fired power and increase locally generated solar energy, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to address climate change by redesigning regional public transit so 50% of trips are taken by modes other than driving, such as […]
Amanda Merck published the change Mississippi Governor Recommends Training Day Care Workers to Improve Early Education in the Hub Salud America! 1 month, 4 weeks ago
The first few years are critical for preparing kids for life, yet early childcare employees are the least prepared. They often only have a high school degree, thus aren’t equipped to give kids the care and services they need during their formative years.
Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, told residents at the Neshoba County Fair in July […]
Amanda Merck published the change Field Wars: Organized Leagues Clashes with Neighborhood Players in the Hub Salud America! 2 months ago
Sport is a great way to build youth leaders and boost health; however, the pay-to-play systems works against poor minority kids.
The soccer field at Harriet Tubman Elementary School (48.4% Latino), in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC, had been the home of nightly pick-up games for Latinos for years.
Due to a 1982 law, […]
Early diagnosis of certain conditions can make the difference between healthy development and lifelong physical or mental disability.
Newborn screening is an evolving system that is different across the country, thus many parents don’t know of the conditions included in screening in their state. For example, Texas screens for 55 conditions […]
Amanda Merck published the change Chicago Schools Partner with Water Utilities to Green Schoolyards in the Hub Salud America! 2 months, 1 week ago
Recess Drought and Neighborhood Flooding
In 2011 Chicago Public Schools-the third largest school district in the nation-passed a district-wide recess policy that included funding for playgrounds because many fell into disrepair or were lacking entirely due to a long recess drought. Around that time, the two water utilities in Chicago were […]
Amanda Merck published the change Open/Joint Use Agreements Catapult Cities’ Best Park System Ranking in the Hub Salud America! 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Everyone in America deserves to live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
The Trust for Public Land aims to measure park access through ParkScore, which ranks the nations 100 most populated cities by park access, park size, and facilities and investment.
ParkScore is a tool city leaders can use to guide investment in parks to ensure […]
Amanda Merck published the change Real Estate Agency Raises Money to Install Water Bottle Filling Stations in Schools in the Hub Salud America! 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Kristin Barry, a partner and broker at Arbor Real Estate in Newport Beach, California (7.2% Latino), wanted schools to have clean, cool, filtered water for students to refill their water bottles and reduce waste that ended up in the ocean.
Drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated is an important part of staying healthy for kids a […]
Amanda Merck published the resource Fulfilling America’s Future: Latinas in the U.S., 2015 in the Hub Salud America! 2 months, 2 weeks ago
One in four female students in public schools across the country is a Latina. Thus, the future of our country is connected to the future of these women and girls.
Sadly, “Latinas are least likely of all women to complete a college degree, at just 19%, compared to nearly 44% of white women,” according to the Fulfilling America’s Future: […]
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