Collaboration in Civic Spheres

Archive for June, 2011

U.S. to spend $375 million for more Russian copters in Afghanistan

by June 6th, 2011

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Defense has announced a $375 million contract with a Russian state export firm to purchase 21 new Russian-made Mi-17 military transport helicopters for the Afghan air force, plus spare parts and engineering services. A non-competitive bidding process was used, and upheld by U.S. regulators over protests from a U.S. manufacturer.

June 10 screening accents video storytelling, healthy communities

by June 1st, 2011

Get an in-person look 6 p.m. June 10th in the Chinatown Community Center at grassroots videos by South Seattle residents on nutrition and health, which are featured in an innovative digital storytelling public health campaign that will utilize online mapping and collaboration with Seattle neighborhood groups. The videos feature stakeholders from The International District, Georgetown, West Seattle, White Center, South Park, and other South Seattle neighborhoods telling their own stories about starting community gardens, finding youth sports programs for low-income families, green space and exercise, smoking and other prevention and health topics. The June 10 screening coincides with an open house at the center, and refreshments will be provided. There will be Q & A with the video producers and organizers welcome suggestions from attendees on how and where to use the videos in their community outreach effort. Some of the videos are already posted to an interim Vimeo channel and in October 2011 will be available via an online map at the Mapping Our Voices for Equality (MOVE) web page. (It currently re-directs to the interim Vimeo channel).

MOVE is a digital media and health initiative staffed by several Seattle-area non-profits with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Public Health Seattle and King County. It’s part of a program in King County and 54 other locales nationwide called Communities Putting Prevention To Work, designed by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, and aimed at obesity and tobacco use among low-income and minority populations. Following are several of the videos.

U.S.: Washington’s child, family services fall short

by June 1st, 2011

SUMMARY: A recently released U.S. government assessment found that as in the last federal review, dated 2003, Washington state is still failing to meet baseline standards in seven of seven key outcome areas for its child and family services – centered around safety, permanency and well-being. The assessment, called a Child and Family Service Review, was based on a review of foster and in-home child welfare cases in King, Spokane and Whatcom counties. It accents the responsibilities of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, and parents, in ensuring the health and welfare of children. The report also evaluated organizational strengths and weaknesses, and found the state meeting standards in five of seven areas.