A young person with long red hair sits on the floor against a wooden wall, looking contemplative. They are wearing a dark jacket and jeans, holding a crumpled piece of paper in one hand. The warm, orange lighting creates a dramatic and introspective atmosphere, highlighting the mood of the scene.

Health New England offers $80,000 in DEIB grants to address youth health and well-being

Health New England offers $80,000 in DEIB grants to support programs addressing youth health and well-being in Western Massachusetts, responding to alarming survey results showing high levels of sadness and hopelessness among eighth-grade studentss; photo via pexels.com. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Health New England will award grants totaling $80,000 to eligible non-profit organizations for programs that work to…

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A young female doctor in a patterned dress is using a stethoscope to examine an elderly man wearing a blue turban and a striped shirt. They are in a medical examination room with medical equipment and a sign on the wall in the background.

Housing, transportation limit MA seniors’ access to quality health care

Economic factors often influence access to health care. In Massachusetts, adults age 65 and older with less than a high school education are more than 11 times as likely to have teeth extracted than those with a college degree, according to United Health Foundation’s 2024 Senior Report. High housing and transportation costs are preventing some…

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New transmission planning rule takes MA wildlife into account

Federal regulators are considering the effects modernizing America’s energy grid will have on wildlife. A 2023 NatureServe report showed 40% of animals are at risk of extinction and 41% of ecosystems are at risk of range-wide collapse; photo via Pexels.com. Conservation groups in Massachusetts are backing the Biden Administration’s new plan to update the nation’s power grid….

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MA ballot measure would end MCAS graduation requirement

Parents and educators in Massachusetts are collecting signatures for a possible ballot measure this November to end the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System or MCAS (“M-cass”) graduation requirement. Massachusetts is one of only eight states that still requires students to pass a standardized test to receive their diploma, but data show a disproportionate number of students of color, those with disabilities and English-language learners are failing to make the grade.

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Three young Haitian girls are standing together outdoors with blurred greenery in the background. The girl on the left has short, curly hair with a pink clip and is wearing a plaid dress. The girl in the middle, who is the tallest, has longer, curly hair and is wearing a red patterned dress. The girl on the right has her hair styled in small braids and is wearing a blue plaid dress; she is smiling and touching her hair with one hand. They all have a calm and serene expression, and the natural light highlights their faces.

MA Haitian-led groups call for end to deportations as terror grips island

Medical care, food and clean water remain in short supply throughout much of Haiti, where armed gangs now control most of the capital, Port-au-Prince. As residents flee, Massachusetts lawmakers and Haitian-led groups say the United States must pause all deportations to the island and crack down on the trafficking of American-made weapons fueling the violence.

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A group of nine people stands in a conference room with an American flag and the Massachusetts state flag behind them. They are posing for a photo, and most are smiling. The group includes individuals of different ages and ethnic backgrounds. Two people in the front row are holding signs that read, "Student hunger is REAL. We can END it. PASS HUNGER FREE CAMPUS" and "I SUPPORT HUNGER FREE CAMPUSES." The setting appears to be an official or formal environment, possibly a government building, indicated by the podium with a state seal. The room is decorated with a blue and floral patterned carpet and white paneling on the walls.

MA students urge lawmakers to fund campus anti-hunger efforts

Massachusetts is the eighth state to establish a K-12 universal meal program, but food insecurity doesn’t disappear with a high school diploma. As community college enrollment increases, student groups are asking state lawmakers to fund campus anti-hunger programs as they further public investment in higher education, to help ensure students make it to graduation.

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