Navajo Head Start losing half of funding


Navajo Head Start is facing more funding cuts as the program continues to be chronically under-enrolled.

Navajo President Ben Shelly has directed the Department of Diné Education to prepare for cuts and to begin taking action by the end of the month.

The funding reduction, which cuts available dollars nearly in half, takes effect Nov. 1.

That’s a loss of nearly $14 million per year from a program already struggling with compliance issues, past funding suspensions and difficulty finding and keeping qualified staff. A loss of federal dollars also could mean cuts to services on the sprawling, 27,000-square-mile reservation.

Source: Farmington Daily Times

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Workshop Summarizes Concepts and Research on the Relationships Between Food Insecurity, Overweight, and Obesity

Hunger and Obesity: Understanding a Food Insecurity Paradigm Workshop Summary explores the relationship between food insecurity and obesity, the current state of research, and data and analyses needed to advance understanding of the relationship as a way of countering both hunger and obesity in the United States. The report is based on a workshop held on November 16-18, 2010, in Washington, DC, organized by the Institutes of Medicine at the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

Source: MCH Alert

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