Health Screenings and Vaccinations

The Background During the past two years, thousands of individuals in the region were either unable to attend or cancelled routine health screenings. The data from the Centers for Disease Control, life insurance companies, and other sources at the national level is beginning to reveal how the lack of routine screenings during Covid-19 has translated […]

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Aging as a Disease

The Background In recent years, a field of research has emerged showing the potential to treat aging as a disease. While much of the knowledge from this research has been obtained through animal and yeast models, its implications for human health and quality of life are profound. By finding interventions that slow the rate of […]

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Invasive Plant Species as a Threat to Native Biodiversity

The Background Invasive plants are threatening the ecological integrity of many of these natural lands and waters and undermining the conservation value of important habitats, including those with high biodiversity value. The Richard King Mellon Foundation is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) aimed at stopping or slowing the spread of such harmful, non-native plant […]

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Conservation Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation

Overview and Purpose Since its founding in 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested approximately $1 billion to conserve and restore critical habitats in Pennsylvania and nationally, and to promote sustainable economic development and create livable communities in and around those critical habitats. In the process, the Foundation has protected more than 4 million […]

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Postsecondary Educational Attainment

The Background Postsecondary education is education, occupational training, or skills development that occurs after obtaining a high school diploma or GED and that results in a certification, diploma, or degree. Postsecondary education plays an important role in economic mobility. In general, greater levels of postsecondary credential attainment correspond to increased individual lifetime earnings. Expanding the […]

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PreK through 12th Grade Attendance

The Background School attendance is a necessary ingredient for educational attainment. When students of any age are chronically absent – missing approximately 10% or more of school days – they may have difficulty learning to read, transitioning between grades, or graduating high school. Chronic absenteeism can be related to truancy, which only accounts for unexcused […]

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