A Recap of This Week’s Top News – January 26, 2024

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, January 20, to Friday, January 26. 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:

  • For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, college enrollment is on the rise, according to an article in the Washington Post. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reflects a 1.2 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment. Despite the increase, experts say there’s still more than a million less students enrolled compared to five years ago.

Health News:

  • A new study in Lancet Regional Health – Americas estimates that hearing loss is more common in men and in rural areas, according to an article from the Associated Press on the topic. The study also found that approximately 37.9 million Americans are affected by hearing loss.
  • A recent story in Axios explores the impact of AI on healthcare. Emerging research and ideas around AI have experts hopeful, even if the tool’s use isn’t widespread within healthcare currently. “Even AI optimists don’t envision the technology fundamentally remaking the U.S. healthcare system anytime soon, but there’s widespread agreement that it has the potential to vastly improve the quality of care and trim costly waste,” said the article.

Perspectives and Opinions:

  • An opinion article by STAT News recommends that skin color should be removed as a criteria for the Apgar Score. The Apgar Score is a test for newborn babies that’s taken twice: one minute and five minutes after birth. The score measures five categories that check the baby’s vital signs: heart rate, breathing effort, muscle activity, reflexes, and skin color. Authors of the article argue that while the score has reduced infant mortality, the skin color category is limited by perception and has even led to healthy children of color being placed in neonatal intensive care with “more unnecessary interventions.”