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Every Kid Healthy Week

Monday, May 2, 2022
April 25-29, is Every Kid Healthy Week, an observance focusing on raising awareness about the health of children. This recognition was started in 2002 by Action for Healthy...
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Building Stronger Connections to Schools

Monday, March 14, 2022
The Iowa Legislature recently announced it was considering a 2.25% increase in its state allocation per pupil in Iowa’s public schools. This year, Iowa allocated $7,048 per...
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An answer to the qualified workforce shortage? Support women.

Monday, February 21, 2022
Over 50 years ago, our country had the opportunity to support working women in a significant way. But when then-President Nixon vetoed the Comprehensive Child Development Act – bipartisan...
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Continued Stresses for Adolescents During the Pandemic

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
In December 2021, a rare public advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy stated, “the coronavirus pandemic intensified a rise in adolescent depression,...
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Social Issues Affecting the Future

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Looking ahead, those “in the know” vary in reporting anticipated trends for the coming year. For example, VISTAGE, a CEO membership and coaching organization, posted a 4-part series on expected trends that...
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Women's Role in War

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. government pressured manufacturers to increase production of war goods. To help boost worker morale, companies like General Motors produced...
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Pandemic Pushing Childcare Collapse

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
The current pandemic has pushed the US childcare system to near-collapse with temporary closures, enrollment declines, and additional precautions for providers in light of the...
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Rest in Power, bell hooks

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
We lost an amazing feminist last week. At only 69 years old, bell hooks (yes, this is the way she spelled her pen name, which she drew from her grandmother’s name) was a groundbreaking Black...
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Climate Change and Who Can Help

Thursday, December 9, 2021
We’re hearing much discussion lately on the issue of climate change. It’s been in the forefront for several years, but this past year has marked the hottest year in the...
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Poverty: A Complex Situation

Monday, December 6, 2021
According to Bloomberg, U.S. household income fell in 2020 and the national poverty rate rose one percentage point from a 60-year low after having dropped for 5 straight years...
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Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
October 11, is the International Day of the Girl – first recognized when the United National General Assembly adopted a platform for action to advance the rights of both girls and women. At the 1995 Fourth...
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Developmental Disorders and the Diagnosis Gap

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
One of the most common developmental disorders of childhood is attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder. An estimated 8.4% of children (and 2.5% of...
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What does equal rights for women really mean?

Monday, September 13, 2021
The increasingly dangerous evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies has caused our country, once again, to be deeply divided. As well, concern over the Taliban takeover and...
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Dove Self-Esteem Project

Monday, August 23, 2021
Many of us grew up using the “beauty bar,” Dove soap (“with cold cream,” according to the advertisements. Over time, the company has become known through its Campaign for Real Beauty, which today is...
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June is Pride Month: Focusing on Marginalized Gender/s

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Des Moines is unique in celebrating Pride this year – rather than only a few days, the event spans the 30 days of June. This new way to celebrate involves activities at dozens of venues to allow as...
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