A Recap of This Week’s Top News – December 8, 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, December 2, to Friday, December 8. 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:

  • The amount of students chronically absent, or missing 10 percent of the school year, dropped to 40 percent last school year in the DC area. During the 2021–2022 school year, 48 percent of students were chronically absent. Prior to the pandemic, the amount hovered between 26 and 30 percent.
  • Teacher turnover in the DC area has increased again after showing a dip during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 25 percent of teachers left their schools between the 2021–2022 and 2022–2023 school years.

Health News:

  • Recent research has shown that when healthcare providers focus on weight as a measure of health, it can lead patients to avoid or delay health care. Overweight people often report that when they go to the doctor, their concerns are ignored or written off as a result of their weight. Additionally, providers sometimes miss major health problems when they are too focused on a patient’s weight.
  • New data shows that mood, gut health, and other factors can contribute to a healthy immune response after vaccination. For instance, those who were in a positive mood when receiving a flu shot produced higher levels of antibodies to fight the illness. Other lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and even social interactions may affect how much protection people get from vaccines.