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02 Dec Tracing the Roots of Difference

Communities Count is a public-private partnership that provides data to support equity work and monitor the health and well-being of King County, Washington communities.  Communities Count emphasizes prevention and a long-term view of change while using data to understand how to build and sustain healthy communities and families. Recently, Communities Count published a series of Equity Blogs that looks at the root causes – historical and contemporary – of longstanding disparities in the health and well-being of King County residents.  The blogs investigate the notion, supported by many public health leaders, that “health is a function of social inequality.”  They also describe biological mechanisms that have been proposed to mediate the close relationship between social inequality and health outcomes. Join data2insight and check out the series titled "Tracing the Roots of Difference: A Blog Series."...

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25 Nov Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

As we continue to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, this is a great week to learn more. The ancestors of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians were indigenous to the lands that have since become the United States. Long before Europeans, Africans, and Asians settled in North America, sovereign societies shared the continent through complex and frequently negotiated networks of alliances, confederacies, intermarriage, treaties, and trade agreements. (source) There are many stories about the first people who lived on the North American continent. One tells of the Great Spirit who collected dust from the four winds to create the Comanche people. The Hopi people tell of two brothers who slashed open great swaths into the ground and sowed powerful stalks of cane so the ancient people living beneath the earth could climb above ground. Join data2insight as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month. ...

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18 Nov Fostering Inclusion to Support Students with Disabilities

Congratulations to Fife High School in Washington State for winning a national award for fostering inclusion to support students with disabilities. Gov. Jay Inslee congratulated Fife High School students and educators Wednesday during a school assembly for winning a national award, saying all Washington schools need to follow Fife’s lead and embrace the spirit of inclusivity. ESPN and Special Olympics chose Fife High School as one of the top five schools in the nation that uphold the 10 national standards for student inclusion. A “unified school” is a school where students with and without disabilities play together. Fostering inclusion is about creating a sense of belonging and increasing student access to high-quality instruction for students with disabilities. Join data2insight as we learn more about ways to foster inclusion....

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11 Nov America Recycles Day

Did you know? The national recycling rate has increased over the past 30 years.  The current recycling rate is 34%.  Join data1insight as we Take the Pledge to recycling more!  You can pledge to: Learn.  I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community. Act.  Within the next month, I will reduce the amount of waste I produce, I will recycle more, and I will buy products made with recycled content. Share.  In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the #BeRecycled pledge. Save the Date!  November 15, 2019 is America Recycles Day!  It is one day to educate, one day to motivate, one day to make recycling bigger and better.  ...

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04 Nov Native American Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. While every day is a good day to learn about Native People, communities, and issues, November is also known as Native American Heritage Month. But this is especially true during Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we invite allies to learn more about the contributions of Native people to American society and learn from the following resources largely produced (or entirely produced) by and for Native people.  First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance & training, and advocacy & policy.  Their mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. Join data2insight as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month....

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28 Oct World Rivers Day!

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.  Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead. In 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo. Check out the World Rivers Day website to get more information about the history of World Rivers Day and to find out how you can join data2insight to participate!...

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21 Oct Car Free Day

Car Free Day is a free international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without driving alone in cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. To participate, it was encouraged for people in the Washington Metropolitain area to fill out a pledge form and go car free or car-lite (carpool, vanpool, etc.) on Saturday, September 21 through Monday, September 23, 2019. Car Free Day is organized in various cities throughout the world in different ways, but with the common goal of reducing the number of cars on the streets. The benefit to greater society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced gasoline demand. Today, Car Free Day includes celebrations in 46 countries and over 2,000 cities. Help celebrate Car Free Day by checking out the event and putting it on your calendar for next year!...

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14 Oct International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 13, 2019 is the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction which was started in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 Theme is Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.  The 2019 edition continues as part of the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.” Join data2insight as we participate in the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction....

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07 Oct International Day of the Girl: Unscripted and Unstoppable

On October 11, 2019, Day of the Girl, a 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights, celebrates the International Day of the Girl.  The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The 2019 theme for International Day of the Girl is GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.  This year, they celebrate celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Click here for more information. Join data2insight as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl....

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30 Sep Global Climate Strike

On September 20-27, 2019, there was a record 7.6 million people who took to the streets and striked for climate action. This was the biggest climate mobilisation in history. From Jakarta to New York, Karachi to Amman, Berlin to Kampala, Istanbul to Québec, Guadalajara to Asunción, in big cities and small villages, millions of people joined hands and raised their voices in defense of the climate. The Global Climate Strike shows that we have the people power we need to create a just world and end the era of fossil fuels. It’ll take everyone to secure a better future and avert the worst of the climate crisis. What happens next is up to us. No matter where you live, there’s a way to take action. Join data2insight and take a look at the Global Climate Strike website to read more about the 6135 Actions taken; and the 185 Countries, 73 Trade Unions, 3024 Businesses, 820 Organizations, and 8583 Websites who participated in this event. ...

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