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Today, senator Ed markey, D-Mass., Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, and representative Grace Meng, DN.Y., led 40 members of Congress to introduce the Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure Student Success Act (SUCCESS). The bill would extend the Emergency Connectivity Fund for five years and provide $ 8 billion per year to schools and libraries for off-campus student connectivity.

Hair salons and barber shops are long-standing institutions in African American communities that have shown promise to advance telehealth. Their partnership with libraries (a broadband anchor institution) and the Biden administration’s recruitment of 1,000 stores and lounges to help fight COVID-19, telehealth and public health in these communities could become excessive.

Missing its July 4 COVID-19 vaccination targets, the Biden administration raised funds to turn stores into mini-medical centers. This success motivates traders to do more. As one of the $ 7 billion broadband fund targets, libraries are idea partners who can deliver broadband services, digital content, and digital literacy and health store customers. .

Mike brown operates a hair salon in Hyattsville, Maryland, and participated in the immunization program. Brown and other owners talk to their clients about the proven efficacy of vaccines. “I use my platform to stand up for the truth and dispel myths,” Mr. Brown said in a Wall Street Journal article, which also ran an immunization clinic at his store. “I have vaccinated about 60% of my clients. “

The program has opened the eyes of store owners to the power they have to make a difference in the health care of their communities. It is a logical transition from the vaccination program to screening for hypertension. Urban Kutz Hair Salons in Cleveland have been selecting their clients for 12 years, most recently with telehealth assistance from the famous Cleveland Clinic.

Owner Waverley Willis said “Barbers and hairdressers are part-time marriage counselors, psychiatrists, spiritual counselors and expert listeners. So many clients listen to our medical advice. It has also had a noticeable impact on many of its clients’ healthy eating habits.

Thinking differently about broadband, public health and telehealth

On July 1, the Federal Communications Commission initiated a Emergency Connectivity Fund $ 7.1 billion in broadband and digital technology funding to support libraries and schools. By August 13, libraries interested in program grants must submit a proposal on how they plan to spend money on laptops, wireless access points, internet services, and other resources. libraries to advance education and distance learning.

A generous interpretation of “education” allows libraries to serve any customer with broadband. If the libraries are located in areas where there are no ISP services, they can ask ECF for money to build their own. broadband infrastructure for unserved customers. Unlike traditional electronic pricing proposals, ECF does not require a competitive bid for services, which means libraries can quote from the first vendor they contact.

Libraries in partnership with stores and health organizations could provide stores with laptops, telehealth software and portable hotspots to provide hypertension screening and other health services tailored to the needs of the patient. their clients for up to three years. Store owners often do not have computer devices or Internet access in their stores. Telehealth devices such as portable digital blood pressure monitors and digital scales will need to be provided separately and possibly with funds from another government agency such as Health & Human Services.

For hypertension screening, for example, stores can digitally measure customers’ blood pressure. The health care provider takes this data through telehealth and recommends treatment when needed or recommended. The partner would likely have set tariffs for its health services. Stores can then decide what additional telehealth services they wish to provide.

Stores could work with libraries to develop health information and interactive web content to reduce hypertension and other medical conditions through healthier lifestyles, and libraries can provide telehealth services beyond what stores can do.

Libraries and stores can also nominate customers who need a laptop computer, access points and telehealth software for chronic conditions such as severe hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, mental health treatments, etc. However, these devices in this scenario should be distributed for periods longer than just a few weeks. For occasional medical appointments, libraries can lend laptops and hotspots for limited terms such as two or three weeks. Libraries are good at delivering digital literacy and training programs.

Why Hair Salons, Hair Salons and Libraries?

The facilitation of telehealth and health care has an educational component for clients of hair salons and salons as well as for users of the general library. These health services and information help both groups of people learn more about their own health, enable them to respond effectively to medical problems, and to be more proactive in taking charge of their own health.

The ability of stores and salons to reach and impact African American communities is legendary. “This type of hair salon health initiative has proven to be effective,” said Cameron Webb, a senior White House health equity adviser on the coronavirus. Willis adds, “On more than one occasion, a guy arterial pressure would be so high that we would urge him to skip the Haircut and go straight to the emergency room.

The author of this advisory is municipal broadband expert and industry analyst Craig Settles.

Libraries have years of experience in bringing new technologies such as broadband to underserved populations. Matt McLain, associate director for community engagement at the Salt Lake County Library, said, “We’ve had pretty good success reaching Hispanic populations in their markets. We also have Asian markets here. And our health initiatives are quite important with church leaders in those communities. “

The gaps in healthcare and broadband are real and deadly! So many elements of the COVID pandemic reiterate the imminence of these shortcomings. According to the Centers for Disease Control, among data collected as of June 14, nearly two-thirds of people who received at least one dose of the vaccine were Caucasian. Only 9% were African Americans. 14 million urban households cannot access any broadband, without which you cannot get telehealth, and 75% are black or other people of color.

There may never be as many federal broadband and health-related subsidy programs as we see now. There are many potential partnerships between libraries and hairdressing salons. Are public health practitioners and advocates, broadband vendors, and community leaders going to step in?

Craig Settles conducts needs analyzes with community stakeholders who want broadband networks to improve economic development, healthcare, education and local government. He hosts the radio show Gigabit Country, and is director of United communities for broadband, a national grassroots effort to help communities launch their networks. He recently created a to guide to help librarians discover client health needs, create community health milestones and effectively market telehealth. This piece is exclusive to Broadband Breakfast.

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Does more or less political competition make a better government? Lawmakers are ringing the cards http://k7buc.org/does-more-or-less-political-competition-make-a-better-government-lawmakers-are-ringing-the-cards/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:15:09 +0000 http://k7buc.org/does-more-or-less-political-competition-make-a-better-government-lawmakers-are-ringing-the-cards/

Arizona Independent Constituency Commission October 28, 2021. Left to right: Shereen Lerner, Derrick Watchman, Erika Neuberg, David Mehl, Douglas York.

More political competition between Republicans and Democrats running for the Arizona legislature means more choice for voters.

Or maybe the result is a deadlock on Capitol Hill and an imbalanced party advantage allows for better governance.

These were the competing arguments of the Republican and Democratic leaders in the Legislative Assembly who presented their visions of the state’s new political maps on Thursday.

Both sides hope to gain strength over the next 10 years. But both are also hampered by mathematical and legal realities in the delicate balancing act of creating new districts that give weight to a variety of considerations required by the Arizona Constitution.

Voters approved the Independent Constituency Commission system in 2000 with the goal of removing the ten-year reshuffle policy from legislative and congressional maps. But Arizona law allows the state House and Senate to make recommendations on the process, which “will” be considered by the five commissioners, whom they heard from Thursday.

The commission begins its final decision meeting phase on December 6 and aims to deliver the completed cards to the state by December 22.

Appearing at a virtual business meeting with commissioners and staff, Senator Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix and Representative Reginald Bolding, D-Phoenix, the minority leaders in their chambers, represented the Democrats.

House Speaker Rusty Bowers R-Mesa spoke on behalf of the Republican caucuses in the Legislature. Senate Speaker Karen Fann, R-Prescott, did not attend the virtual meeting.

What Democrats Want From Cards

Rios and Bolding said they wanted to see more competition between Arizona’s 30 legislative districts and nine congressional districts, which would require equalizing partisan voters in each district so that candidates from one or more the other party could possibly win. The commission defines the concept of competitiveness as a measure of Republican and Democratic votes in major statewide races over the past three election cycles, plus the number of party wins for those races.

The current legislative map project, which faces changes in the final map process, includes six of the 30 districts in the competitive range. Of the remaining districts, 13 skinny Republicans and 11 skinny Democrats.

The congressional map projects contain four of the nine competitive districts; the others are divided 3-2 with a Republican advantage.

Both cards contain the same level of competitiveness they have had over the past 10 years

Competitiveness is important, Bolding said, because if a constituency is Republican or Democrat-leaning, “it doesn’t offer a choice” to voters.

“We want to create a state where voters really feel their voice has been heard,” he said. “We know this is something that is possible.”

Neither Bolding nor Rios gave specific details on how they would like the commission to achieve higher competitiveness.

“How exactly is that determined, again, the devil is in the details,” Rios said.

The Arizona Constitution gives lower priority to competitiveness than the other five criteria in the mapping process: compactness; as a result of the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act; keep district populations roughly equal; follow geographic boundaries, including county and city boundaries; and maintain “communities of interest” together.

The Constitution stipulates that competitiveness “as far as possible, competitive districts should be favored where this would not cause any significant prejudice to other objectives”.

Mathematically speaking, Erika Neuberg, the committee’s independent chairperson, told Democrats that the problem is often one of “either or”. In other words, increasing competitiveness means sacrificing other criteria.

“It’s not always clear and there are a lot of very difficult compromises to make,” she said.

For example, a proposal by the Democratic Latino Coalition for Fair Redistricting to increase the number of Latin American constituencies from seven to eight reduces the number of competitive constituencies overall.

The 2011 process was marked by infighting between its two Republican commissioners and two Democratic commissioners, with Independent President Colleen Mathis often siding with the Democrats.

David Mehl, one of the current Republican commissioners, noted that Democrats in the 2011 process were “open” with their goal of increasing competitiveness compared to what it had been in the 2000s. So, a- he asked Bolding and Rios, were the cards from 2011 good?

Rios said she would not view the 2011 cards as the “model” of perfect cards, but said that “it could be argued that some of these districts have finally become competitive to the point where we are almost at parity. Legislative Assembly”. This hasn’t happened since the 1960s, she added.

Ahead of the business meeting, Rios and Bolding sent a letter to the committee criticizing Neuberg for voting “repeatedly” with Republican commissioners on key issues, such as a submitted map for southern Arizona which includes a new district with a Republican tendency.

And echoing a press release from the Arizona Democratic Party, lawmakers said state representative Vince Leach, R-Saddlebrooke, had concealed his role in creating this map to ensure that ‘he would have a safe district for his re-election.

Leach did not respond to social media messages seeking comment.

What Republicans Want From Cards

Bowers, for his part, urged the committee to ignore calls for more competitiveness, saying that in his 30 years “in or around” the legislature, he has come to believe that governing works best when he balance of Republicans and Democrats is more out of balance.

A lack of competitiveness does not create conditions that result in more extreme candidates on either side, as Democrats argue, he said. Instead, more competitive districts actually make governance more difficult because “bipartisan coalitions cannot be formed because the partisan stakes are so high, with so little headroom,” Bowers said.

A Democrat who wants to help a Republican bill would be threatened by his party, he said, adding that “wider margins” alleviate this problem.

Yet in recent years, when Republicans have maintained a slim majority, they have rarely reached the other side of the aisle. In today’s divisive politics, many Republican bills are too politically toxic for Democrats to support.

Democratic Commissioner Shereen Lerner rebutted Bowers’ theory.

When the legislative composition is closer to 50-50, “it seems like there is more compromise,” she said.

Bowers and Fann also sent a letter to the commission outlining some specific requests for the final legislative maps, including a request to keep Yavapai County intact and to take more care in recognizing communities of interest in Maricopa County on the desire for competitiveness.

One example given was McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, which is a “clear community of interest” that is split between two districts on the draft map.

They also suggested reviewing some provisional districts whose population has been reduced for “increased competitiveness”.

“I want the best and the brightest ideas”

Neuberg told The Arizona Republic after the meeting that she believed the input from lawmakers was “useful” and that she hoped to keep “lines of dialogue” open with them throughout the final map process this month. .

When asked if she thinks Leach did something wrong by helping to create a map, Neuberg said no.

“I guess the overwhelming majority of (submitted cards) are from a partisan person,” she said. “I want the best and the brightest ideas. I remain fully convinced that the five commissioners act in good faith and digest any information that comes in for the good of our state.”

The last public hearings on the draft maps are scheduled for December 3 at noon and December 4 at 10 a.m. For the schedule of committee meetings in December, go to https://irc.az.gov/public-meetings.

Contact the reporter at rstern@arizonarepublic.com or 480-276-3237. Follow him on twitter @raystern.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Constituency Council Hears Republican and Democratic Leaders


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Rev. Nabors: The community must provide “alternative roads, not dead ends” http://k7buc.org/rev-nabors-the-community-must-provide-alternative-roads-not-dead-ends/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 05:27:12 +0000 http://k7buc.org/rev-nabors-the-community-must-provide-alternative-roads-not-dead-ends/
Reverend Michael Nabors, president of the local branch of the NAACP, hosts the “Stop the Violence” rally on December 1. (Photo of the round table)

Gathered around the corner where gunshots claimed the life of one teenager and injured four others, community leaders on December 1 denounced gun violence and pledged to redouble efforts in programs to lead young people in positive directions. The ceremony was sometimes solemn, sometimes fiery.

Evanston Police received numerous 911 calls around 7:17 p.m. on November 28, reporting multiple gunshots heard in the Green Bay Road and Foster Street area.

Officers responded to 1950 Green Bay and found five shooting victims, police said. A victim, Carl Dennison, 17, died at the scene, police said.