A Recap of This Week’s Top News – December 1, 2023

Changes to policy, scientific discovery, and expert recommendations and opinions all have the power to rapidly influence the landscape of a sector. Whether you’re a leader at a non-profit, a member of a university’s marketing department, or a stakeholder for a public health agency, being informed about the latest industry happenings can be the difference between exceeding and falling short of organizational goals. At Hager Sharp, our experts vigorously scan media coverage to identify areas of opportunity. And now, with the introduction of the Sharp Round-Up, you too can review what we consider to be some of the top news of the week.

Below you will find a compilation of news spanning the health and education, labor, and economy sectors. This list includes mainstream, DC-focused, and trade publication coverage from Saturday, November 25, to Friday, December 1. Let these clips serve as a resource when developing thoughtful strategies and use them to further foster organizational innovation and adaptability.

Here’s what you need to know.

Education News:

  • An organization called The Konnection is working to address chronic absenteeism in Detroit schools, according to a recent article in Chalkbeat. The organization gives students exercises that focus on “positive attendance and academic habits” like going to bed early, following a routine, and organizing their backpack.

Health News:

  • Life expectancy is finally on the rise, but still hasn’t fully recovered following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent CNN article. Expectancy dropped 2.4 years after the first two years of the pandemic and rose 1.1 years in 2022.
  • New research reflects that legalizing cannabis may lower the usage of alcohol and tobacco in 18–20-year-olds, according to Forbes. The research was based on legalization of the drug in California and contributes to the conversation on whether cannabis should be considered a “gateway drug” in the future.
  • A new report by the Population Reference Bureau says that “progress in women’s health since the 1960’s is backsliding,” according to an ABC News article on the topic. The report indicated that Millennial and Gen Z women are more at risk of death associated with childbirth, suicide, and being murdered. Political division, impacts of COVID-19, harmful social media content, and limitations on access to reproductive health resources were cited as possible reasons.