Associates in Action

In the age of information—where everything is “e” centered and tools like email, social media and blogs have become entwined into Americans’ everyday lives—a significant portion of the nation’s population is in the dark when it comes to Internet and computer literacy.  There is a major digital divide in the United States, where about 30 percent of residents do not have Internet access or a computer at home. The majority of this population lives near or below the national poverty line. 

The American Institute of Architects' Design Assistance Program, which aids communities in rebuilding after natural disasters, seems destined to be in high demand again this year after tornadoes and severe thunderstorms tore across Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky in early March. AIA’s Design Assistance Program brings together a team of experts from a variety of disciplines to evaluate how best to rebuild communities hit by natural disasters. The goal is to help communities rebuild to be safer, healthier and more attractive to residents and businesses.

The National Education Association Foundation recently announced a $1 million commitment toward its efforts to close achievement gaps in America. The Foundation’s “Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative” is an effort to accelerate the achievement rate for under-achieving low-income and minority student groups via targeted philanthropy. 

A recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health found prescription medication abuse is a significant societal health issue, with more Americans abusing prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. It also found that one in five teens will abuse a prescription medication at least once in their lifetime.  Preventing prescription drug abuse and misuse, an epidemic in our country, is one of the key strategic priorities of the Cardinal Health Foundation.