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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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Trauma-Informed Care & Equity In The House & Senate Budget

In Virginia, 20 percent of children experience two or more adverse childhood experiences. However, the pandemic as a trauma layered with economic trauma and social injustices creates complex traumas that…

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Healthcare in the House & Senate Budget

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented great challenges including economic downturn. In 2020, funding for initiatives were eliminated or paused in response to the crisis. The Senate Finance Committee on the…

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What’s Right With Us? – Creating Black History

Black History Month is described as an annual celebration of the achievements of Black Americans. It is a time to recognize the prominent role in the creation of United States…

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Call for Submissions: Still We Rise- Creating Black History Message Chain

Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” is a powerful poem that draws on a range of influences, including her personal background and the African American experience in the United States. Its message of…

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Virginia Must Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis

The following is an op-ed by Voices’ Chloe Edwards and Michael Royster from the Institute for Public Health Innovation. Virginia’s Constitution states: “That all men are by nature equally free and independent and…

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Championing Systemic Change & Trauma-Informed Communities: Charmaine Carter

The author of this post has taken great lengths to ensure the subject matter is dealt with in a compassionate and respectful manner. The following describes experiences of childhood abuse…

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Funding Community Networks through the Family & Children’s Trust Fund

According to our KIDS COUNT Data Center, 20 percent of children in Virginia have experienced two or more ACEs. ACEs can shape the course of children’s health and development over a…

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