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From the desk of ... Dawn Godbolt

Minority Health Month 2018: Tackling Persistent Health Disparities

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
April 23, 2018 | Health Care

To call attention to the persistent health disparities women of color face all year, we analyzed U.S. Census Bureau health insurance data for a five-part fact sheet series. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Honoring Black Maternal Health Week

April 13, 2018 | Health Care

Too many Black women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth. It's unacceptable. We're proud to support Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Survey Says: We’re Missing an Opportunity to Engage Women in Their Health Care

The 2017 NCI Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) survey included questions on consumer use of health IT. We look at what it says about how women access and use health information via digital health tools. 

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Vice President for Reproductive Health and Rights

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Women Deserve the Truth

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra should be a no-brainer for the Court. It’s a case about the simple proposition that women deserve the truth.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This International Women’s Day, We Must #PressforProgress on Women’s Health

Co-author(s): Katie Martin
March 8, 2018 | Health Care

We all must speak out against the Trump administration’s attacks on women’s health and health care -- before it's too late.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Let’s Press for Progress on Gender Equality Through a Strong U.S. Paid Leave Policy

On International Women's Day, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the United States is an international outlier when it comes to paid leave.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Women Just Can’t Win: Medicaid Work Requirements and Inadequate Workplace Policies

February 28, 2018 | Health Care

Here’s an idea for politicians who claim they want to help women and families become more financially secure: Don’t institute punishing work requirements in programs that are meant to help people achieve and maintain economic security. Instead, promote and protect access to affordable, quality health care and supportive workplace policies.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Together to Unrig the System for Working People

February 24, 2018 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Workers need strong workplace policies – and strong unions – to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. But working people are under attack.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

First Equal Pay Day of the Year – for Asian Women – Reminds Us That the Wage Gap is Pervasive

Unless Congress enacts legislation that will help all women receive higher wages and remain and succeed in the workforce, women and families, and especially women of color, will continue to suffer – and our economy and nation will pay the price.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Resisting Attacks From Corporate Interests, Advocates in Austin Win Paid Sick Days

February 16, 2018

The Austin City Council approved a paid sick days ordinance this week. When signed into law, the new measure will guarantee paid sick days for more than 210,000 Austinites who currently cannot earn such time.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Celebrating 25 Years of the FMLA With a Resounding Call for Paid Leave for All

February 9, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As this wrap up shows, there is tremendous strength, diversity, passion and clout behind the vibrant movement to win paid family and medical leave for all.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Delays are Destructive: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Need Health Care Funding Now

February 7, 2018 | Health Care

It is my hope that by Super Bowl 2019, I will be able to tell my son that Puerto Rican families have the resources they need to enjoy a Sunday football game, rather than worry about basic necessities and access to affordable health care. We urge Congress to act without further delay.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why Paid Leave Means... Everything

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo

Twenty-five years after we won a national unpaid leave law, it's time to finally win paid leave.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Fighting for Families Means Fighting for National Paid Family and Medical Leave

February 4, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As part of SiX's 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Vicki Shabo comments on the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and importance of a national paid leave plan that doesn't leave anyone behind.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Family and Medical Leave Means a Stronger Nation

Our country is in the midst of an extraordinary, long-overdue moment. In historic ways, women and our allies are coming together to demand change, and guaranteeing paid family and medical leave for all is essential to winning that fight.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Vice President for Reproductive Health and Rights

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Roe at 45: Rising Above the Lies to Realize the Promise of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Forty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed women’s right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, we are still defending that right and working to realize the promise of Roe for millions – especially poor women, young folks and people of color – for whom abortion care remains inaccessible. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Moment, a March and a Movement Poised to Win the Policies Women and Families Need

Many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump's federal government is putting all of us last.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Persistence Pays Off: Maryland Advocates, Lawmakers Secure Nation’s Ninth Statewide Paid Sick Days Law

January 12, 2018

The Maryland legislature voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act this week, which means Maryland will soon become the ninth state with a paid sick days law. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders will gain access to paid sick days.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Censoring Science Is Never a Good Idea

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

Letting politics dictate health policy is outrageous! This is not what the country wants. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Connecting Virginians to the Health Coverage They Need

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

This year, National Partnership staff helped Virginians sign up for health coverage during open enrollment.

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