City of Philadelphia: The City of Philadelphia’s New Workforce Diversity Dashboard Provides Ongoing Access to the City’s Workforce Progress

City of Philadelphia The City of Philadelphia’s New Workforce Diversity Dashboard Provides Ongoing Access to the City’s Workforce Progress. “The City of Philadelphia has launched a Workforce Diversity Dashboard, an interactive tool that provides monthly insight into many aspects of the City’s workforce. The dashboard is a product of extensive collaboration by leaders within the City’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Office of Innovation & Technology (OIT), and the Office of Human Resources (OHR).”

Philly Voice: Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music donate expansive historical archives to Penn

Philly Voice: Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music donate expansive historical archives to Penn. “The archives include early stock certificates, conductor’s files, photographs, programs and sound recordings. The materials date back to the years leading up to the Academy of Music’s 1857 opening. Under the agreement, Penn Libraries will make the collection accessible to scholars and the general public for the first time in 15 years.”

Q&A: UnlockedMaps provides real-time accessibility information for urban rail transit in six metro areas (University of Washington News)

University of Washington News: Q&A: UnlockedMaps provides real-time accessibility information for urban rail transit in six metro areas. “While many people use Google Maps and other navigation tools to plan their rail transit trips across a city, these apps and websites often lack important information about how accessible a specific station is…. Researchers at the University of Washington developed UnlockedMaps, a web-based map that allows users to see in real time how accessible rail transit stations are in six metro areas: Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, New York and the California Bay Area.”

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent: Jewish Exponent Archives Find New Life At Gratz College

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent: Jewish Exponent Archives Find New Life At Gratz College. “Since the 1950s, the Jewish Exponent has kept its archives of clippings and photos in these filing cabinets in its 2100 Arch St. office in a room known lovingly as ‘the morgue.’ These archives will no longer just be accessible to the Exponent staff, housed in a room with a name connoting lifelessness. In mid-July, the Jewish Exponent archives found a new home and renewed purpose at Gratz College’s Melrose Park campus, where the library staff will organize, digitize and put online the publication’s archives over the next 12-plus months.”

City of Philadelphia: New Online Tool Helps Navigate City Health Trends

City of Philadelphia: New Online Tool Helps Navigate City Health Trends. “Lots of different things can determine just how healthy we are. For instance, where we were born or where we live now can impact our overall health…. A new online tool called PhilaStats is ready to help users compare these various factors – sometimes referred to as social determinants of health – across different areas of Philadelphia. The interactive dashboard highlights trends in population, along with information about births and deaths in the city between 2011 and 2019. It will be updated as additional years of data become available.”

Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Want to know the condition of a Philly school building? New map to help.

Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Want to know the condition of a Philly school building? New map to help.. “In a move to provide solutions to its facility challenges, the district unveiled a site Tuesday specifically for its Facilities Planning Process aimed to inform the public on how it is managing its aging infrastructure. Visitors will be able to use an interactive map to access information about each school building’s condition, as well as facility assessments conducted by third-party industry professionals.”

WHYY: Philly COVID cases creep closer to levels that would trigger a return to mask requirements

WHYY: Philly COVID cases creep closer to levels that would trigger a return to mask requirements. “The city is still at the ‘all clear’ level, the lowest of four response levels the city unveiled earlier this year. Under this level, no masks are required and there are no vaccine or testing requirements for restaurants or other indoor locations. To reach the next level, known as Level 2: Mask Precautions, two of three criteria must be met. Those criteria include an average of new cases per day of more than 100, hospitalizations over 50, and an increase in cases of more than 50% over the past 10 days. The city is very close to reaching all three of those metrics.”

NiemanLab: The Equal Info Text Line is bridging information gaps in Philadelphia through action items via SMS

NiemanLab: The Equal Info Text Line is bridging information gaps in Philadelphia through action items via SMS. “Just 84% of Philadelphia households are connected to the internet at all, a lower rate than that of other large U.S. cities. And adults over the age of 65 are less likely to have access, one survey found. So it isn’t surprising that so many of the subscribers to the Equal Info Text Line are senior citizens. The Equal Info Text Line was borne out of the need for information and resources at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and grew as information needs around the 2020 presidential election became more apparent.”

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time. “As cities around the country seek to leverage smart technology, Philadelphia is continuing its efforts to collect data to address inequality. The city’s recently announced smart streetlight pilot is another tool employed to level the playing field for all of the city’s residents. By design, the SmartBlockPHL program uses sensors on smart streetlights to count people and objects, check air quality and monitor weather conditions. In addition, the streetlights will collect information about local pedestrian traffic, street activity and the environment.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: OVID-19 surge has overwhelmed some Pa. hospitals — and now their workers are getting sick, too

Philadelphia Inquirer: COVID-19 surge has overwhelmed some Pa. hospitals — and now their workers are getting sick, too. “In the last week, the unprecedented number of infections has sidelined teachers, bus drivers, trash collectors, and others in significant numbers, in some cases disrupting services and schools. The omicron variant is more transmissible and can evade vaccine protection; as health-care workers also catch the fast-spreading virus, it has added a new challenge for hospitals already strained by the worsening surge.”

WPVI: Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for indoor dining begins Monday

WPVI: Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for indoor dining begins Monday. “Beginning Monday, January 3, as part of a phased rollout, patrons will have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to eat inside a restaurant or food establishment in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said the mandate is meant to help prevent another shutdown of indoor dining.”

Washington Post: Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates

Washington Post: Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates. “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the latest district of the Catholic Church to reject religious exemptions to coronavirus vaccination mandates, reflecting a stark divide among the church’s hierarchy over immunization requirements. Church leaders in the nation’s sixth-largest city urged priests Wednesday not to help parishioners evade the shots, which the Vatican has deemed ‘morally acceptable.’”

Washington Post: Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.

Washington Post: Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.. “Seniors were left in tears after finding that appointments they’d made through a bungled sign-up form wouldn’t be honored. The group switched to a for-profit model without publicizing the change and added a privacy policy that would allow it to sell users’ personal data. One volunteer alleged that the 22-year-old CEO had pocketed vaccine doses. Another described a ‘free-for-all’ where unsupervised 18- and 19-year-olds vaccinated one another and posed for photos. Now, the city has cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID, and prosecutors are looking into the ‘concerning’ allegations.”