Delaware daily roundup: Vital conditions framework; Seaford center breaks ground; Staff shortage at the beach

Plus, high schoolers compete at UD's global Diamond Challenge.

Spotted at the Rodney Reservoir (Holly Quinn/

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How the vital conditions framework helps communities thrive

Seven factors make up the vital conditions framework, an initiative adopted by the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2022. The blueprint says these factors, including basic health, safety and humane housing, are the things that are needed for a community to thrive.

Measuring those factors requires data collection — and that where Delaware’s My Healthy Community comes in.

➡️ Check out my report for details

Meet’s new Delaware market editor

Katie Malone started this week, filling the gap left by longtime editor Julie Zeglen. Katie is based in Philly and will edit the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Delaware markets — a shift that puts Delaware back under the Greater Philadelphia umbrella, market-wise (though we will continue to cover downstate, too).

Sameer Rao, our Delaware editor for the last eight months, isn’t going anywhere! He continues as editor for our Baltimore and DC coverage.

➡️  Learn more about Katie here

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Incyte has acquired Escient Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage company, for $750 million [Delaware Business Now]

• The Seaford Shopping Center project, which will include the downstate Mill Space, officially broke ground today [Delaware Business Times]

• Two Delaware high school students will be participating in the global Diamond Challenge at UD [DelawareOnline]

• Even with some employers offering subsidized housing costs, the lack of affordable housing at the Delaware Beaches will lead to another staff shortage this summer [WDEL]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• April 26-28 — 5th Annual NULYP Eastern Regional Conference #bEastCon [Details here]

• Saturday, April 27 — TEDxWilmington 2024, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Theatre N [Details here]

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