Fast Company: This Open Table-Like App Serves the Hungry at Food Pantries

Fast Company highlights a new mobile app, Plentiful, which is making food access more efficient for New York City food pantries and more dignified for those in need.

Plentiful was created by the Helmsley-funded NYC Food Assistance Collaborative as a technology solution to improve some of NYC’s emergency food assistance system issues, including long pantry lines and pen and paper sign-in sheets. Since it launched in December 2016, 130 pantries have begun using Plentiful to communicate with clients who can make appointments with the app, enabling them to better serve more New Yorkers in need.

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T1D Program Defines Clinically Meaningful Outcomes

In partnership with other members of the T1D Outcomes Program Steering Committee, Helmsley has jointly come to a consensus in defining and standardizing meaningful type 1 diabetes (T1D) outcomes other than hemoglobin HbA1c (A1c), which is an average of blood glucose levels over a three-month period. Although A1c remains an important measure, its limitation as an average means it does not capture the entire picture of glycemic control, particularly around day-to-day variability in blood-glucose levels. The statement, published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association, defines additional clinically meaningful T1D outcomes beyond A1c such as hypoglycemia, time in range, hyperglycemia, and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

The intended impact of these outcome definitions and standardizations is to encourage regulatory agencies and payors to consider the bigger picture of glycemic control when evaluating new diabetes treatments and technology. The consensus statement was developed over the course of two years and incorporates diverse perspectives from persons living with T1D and their caregivers, clinical experts, industry, Advisory Committees representing researchers, and clinical evidence.

Led by grantee JDRF International, the fellow T1D stakeholders represented in the Steering Committee also include: the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, the Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, and the T1D Exchange.

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State Policy Framework Outlines Path to STEM Opportunities for Underserved Students

Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future released the Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework this week, outlining five key recommendations for how states can improve academic and career pathways for historically underserved students.

Recent research has shown a large number of STEM jobs require less than a Bachelor’s degree. This critical fact of today’s workforce underscores the role that community colleges can play in launching many more individuals to high-paying, quality careers in STEM fields. Such “middle-skill” STEM jobs represent an unprecedented opportunity for the historically underserved students who disproportionately enroll at community colleges.

The framework’s recommendations are based on the STEM Regional Collaboratives, a yearlong multi-state initiative funded by the Trust to identify effective, concrete ways in which state policy can help community colleges build middle-skill STEM career opportunities for students and meet the high demand of local labor markets.

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