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Healing Centered Engagement in a Trauma-Informed World

Above photo caption: Youth advocates rallied together before a day of legislative meetings to share affirmations and words of encouragement with one another. Imagine a world where we have all…

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Talking to Youth After Violence

It is an unfortunate truth in this country that we must have difficult and scary conversations that follow acts of violence, including school shootings. These events stir up confusion, fear,…

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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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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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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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