ISSUE 261 | June 13th, 2024

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From Around the Region and the State
Economic and Policy News

Wright Center Receives $3 Million to Reach Disabled, English-Limited Patients in NEPA

The Wright Center has received a $3 million federal grant to reach more patients with care barriers in the region.

The grant will be used to train faculty and medical residents and will specifically benefit the internal medicine program.

Over the five-year period, the Wright Center also wants to expand its interpreter abilities, with patients who use Wright Center programs speaking over 22 languages, often with limited English abilities. 

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Will PA Soon Have Paid Family and Medical Leave?

The advocacy group MomsRising is supporting a new Pennsylvania bill that would provide up to 20 weeks of paid leave for parents, or those recovering from illness or injury.

Gaining support from both major parties, this bill would create a minimum paid leave period across the state, which does not currently have a statewide standard.

Those backing the bill state that it would provide economic security for residents after the birth of a child; however, those who oppose claim that it will create more financial strain for employers and small businesses. 

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Philly Nonprofit to Finish Renovating 40 Homes in Strawberry Mansion


Rebuilding Together Philadelphia will be renovating over 40 homes in North Philly as a part of a city-wide home repair program.

Using both community and private donations, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia restores over 100 houses annually, and aims to protect historically Black neighborhoods from concerns over new interest from private real estate developers.

The priority is to maintain local homeownership and to keep housing affordable across the city. 

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From Around the Nation and the Globe
Economic and Policy News

What Paris Can Teach Other Cities About Removing Roads

A major study conducted on 63 roads across Europe suggests that removing roads may benefit both pedestrians and the infrastructure of cities.

In many of the cases observed, cars disappeared from downtowns altogether, lessening traffic congestion and promoting the walkability of cities.

In the article below, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, is the focus of her ideas on the “15-minute city”, alternatives to car travel, and how Paris is a blueprint for removing car saturated roads in other urban areas. 

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How Americans Get News on TikTok, X, Facebook, and Instagram

Social Media platforms are an essential medium of news consumption in the United States, with half of Americans saying that they get general news from social media.

X, formerly Twitter, is the dominant news destination for social media, but platforms such as Instagram and Facebook are also seeing an increase in news related content.

Pew Research discusses key findings in how Americans are using major social media platforms for news, and how consumption varies between platforms. 

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School ESSER Funds are Expiring, Raising Concerns for After-School Programs


Post-pandemic, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds are expiring, leaving many after-school programs at risk of cancellation.

The nonprofit Afterschool Alliance is analyzed 6,300 schools across the nation and found that over 4 million students benefitted from ESSER-funded programs.

Now, schools must find diverse funding in order to sustain after-school programs.

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