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TWEET: #HealthyAmericaAct, #GenderGap, and More Highlight Social Media Conversations

TWEET: #HealthyAmericaAct, #GenderGap, and More Highlight Social Media Conversations

Welcome to This Week in Equity Engagement on Twitter (TWEET) for the week of September 28, 2015. Our weekly potpourri of social justice topics includes a number of interesting resources this week. Check it out:

Illinois Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez introduced the Exchange Inclusion for a Healthy America Act 2015, which would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase coverage through federal exchanges.

 

Curbing air pollution could save thousands of lives over the next 10 years.

 

Heads Up America is working to increase access to higher education for all Americans. Research shows that increased educational opportunity can lead to improved health.

 

A ruling this week in Southern California determined that the impact of trauma on students can be disabling.

 

Sticking with youth trauma, another study has found that girls are the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system.

 

And in other gender news, a new report found that women are more likely than men to make sacrifices in their careers for the sake of their families. The study also shows that public expectation is for women to make these sacrifices instead of men.

 

Many Native communities are leading the way in improving oral health.

 

One way to improve oral health outcomes – and other health outcomes – is to limit consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. First 5 Contra Costa has a creative campaign to warn of the health dangers of sugary drinks.

 

And finally, many California communities have seen dramatic increases in the number of commuters walking to work.

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