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February 25, 2008


Dan Bassill

In some large cities, like Chicago, hospitals are the largest employer in a neighborhood. In others the hospital/university is almost an island of knowledge surrounded by poverty. I've read articles in Chicago papers about the "costs of poverty" and how this is potentially causing hospitals to shut down in some areas where they are most needed.

In the Links section of the T/MC web site I show some examples of hospitals who are reaching out to have a community impact: http://www.tutormentorconnection.org/TMLearningNetwork/LinksLibrary/tabid/560/rrcid/2/rrscid/34/rrpid/1/rrepp/20/Default.aspx

In the attached PDF link I show a "strategic plan" that a hospital or teaching university might adopt to influence the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in the area surrounding an inner city hospital, with a goal that these programs reduce negative habits, thus lowering the costs of emergency room poverty, and at the same time, connect kids to people in health care, so more youth aspire to such careers, thus addressing a critical workforce development issue:


If you know of hospitals and/or teaching universities leading such strategies, I encourage you to write about them and add them to the library on the T/MC site, and the Act Now Wiki.

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