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2021 Legislative Session: Trauma-Informed & Equity-Informed Policy Solutions (Update 2/22/2021)

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: 2/22/2021)

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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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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2021 Legislative Session: Children’s Mental Health

The pandemic has greatly impacted children’s mental health and well-being and there will not be easy policy solutions. However, we are pleased to see the following measures moving forward during…

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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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