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Diverting Mental Health Crisis from Law Enforcement: Creating Different Points of Access

Photo by: Office of Gov. Ralph Northam In 2018, Marcus-David Peters was a 24-year old high school biology teacher and a recent graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Peters was…

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Empowering Asian American Voices: Sutisha Simluang

Sutisha Simluang (pictured above) is a first-generation college graduate, community leader, and Thai immigrant. While a native of Thailand, Sutisha was raised in Arlington, Va. after entering the United States…

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In Recognition of Juneteenth

The newly federally-recognized holiday Juneteenth celebrates the last enslaved people being freed in the United States. This day commemorates June 19th, 1865, rather than January 1st, 1863, when the Emancipation…

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The Impact of Having Clinicians of Color

This is a guest blog post written by Olivya Wilson, MSW, LCSW, the Parent Engagement Coordinator for Greater Richmond SCAN. This is part one on the impact of having clinicians…

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Police Violence- A Common Cause of Death Impacting America’s Children, Families, & Communities

On April 20, 2021, jurors found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd last May. Since Chauvin’s trial…

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Asian American Trauma Impacting Virginia’s Children

There has been a 46% increase in acts of violence and discrimination of Asian Americans in the past year. According to data released by Stop AAPI Hate: 3,800 reports of…

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2021 Legislative Session: Trauma-Informed & Equity-Informed Policy Solutions (Update 3/3/2021)

During the 2020 General Assembly Session, a number of incremental policy steps were taken to advance trauma-informed policy. In the wake of the pandemic, Virginia must recognize the need for…

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2021 Healthcare Access Legislative Session: Increasing Access to Healthcare (Update: 3/3/2021)

COVID-19 has further shed light on the inequities that exist in our healthcare system, including implicit biases and overall access to healthcare. External conditions can exacerbate one’s ability to be…

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Still We Rise: Creating Black History Recap

Many have made calls-to-action to restore the fundamental ideals of democracy in an attempt to divide an undivided nation. Liaising bridges across partisan lines, races and ethnicities, and generations is…

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2021 GA Session: Conference Budget Report

The 2021 General Assembly is coming to a close with good news for children and families. While the last year has produced tremendous disruptions and up and downs for families,…

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