“The Most Important Public Health Advance of the Year: A $15 Minimum Wage”

“Years ago, I started my career interested in how we could decrease poverty in our country. I wrote an esoteric doctoral dissertation on a seemingly impossible idea of subsidizing wages for low-income workers (to my surprise, others made this idea work in the form of our nation’s incredibly important Earned Income Tax Credit Program).

Over time, I drifted to spending more and more time trying to figure out how to improve the health of low-income New Yorkers and the most vulnerable among our neighbors. What I have learned over the years is that poverty and health challenges are intrinsically intertwined: each causes the other.”

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“A Right to Know: School Environmental Health Hazards”

“For any funder who wants to prove that a grant made a positive impact, and for grantees who want to show results, a grant’s short timeframe can feel more like a burden than a useful constraint. True measurement of impact takes time—often years, usually well after the grant has closed—before a project’s impact becomes evident.

However, foundation and nonprofit boards are growing more accustomed to the idea that change takes time, and that measurement will have to continue beyond the end of a grant period. This was the case when the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) made a grant in 2011 to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) to expand its work on environmental health and New York City public school siting.”
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