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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Once you're done showing your love and appreciation for the fathers in your life, take a minute to ask the dads who represent you in Congress to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act.

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From the desk of ... Chavi Koneru, Repro Health Watch

Lawmakers Should Take a Walk in Her Shoes

On June 5th, with the stroke of a pen, Governor Pat McCrory restricted the rights of North Carolina women by signing a bill imposing a 72-hour mandatory delay on abortions.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Victory! Oregon Will Soon Be Fourth State to Guarantee Paid Sick Days

June 15, 2015

Last Friday, June 12 , nearly half of all private sector workers in Oregon woke up hoping that a case of the flu, strep throat or some other common and contagious illness wouldn’t force them to choose between staying home to recover or care for a sick child and the jobs and wages they need to put food on the table.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About

Navigating the workplace — not to mention workplace politics — can be a challenge for pregnant employees.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Gala to Remember

The National Partnership held its annual gala on June 4, and the speakers, the crowd, the program and the event were extraordinary.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Griswold and Me: A Love Story

On Sunday, I’m getting married. As I prepare for this milestone and draft my vows, I’m thinking about our life together and the family we might someday create. 

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From the desk of ... Erin Mackay and Dena Mendelsohn, Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union, Health IT

A Long Time Coming: Health Technology in the Hands of Patients

Did you know that you may already be able to access your digital health records from home? Harnessing the power of technology to improve health and care doesn’t have to be complicated; you don’t need the latest Fitbit, Apple Watch or GoogleGlass for technology to make an impact on your life.

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From the desk of ... Farah Diaz-Tello, Repro Health Watch

The Imperative to Challenge Public Policies that Criminalize Pregnancy Outcomes

May 27, 2015 | Reproductive Health

By now, most reproductive rights, health and justice activists have heard of Purvi Patel, the Indiana woman sentenced to decades behind bars after what she maintains was a miscarriage.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Take Action to Advance the Healthy Families Act

May 26, 2015

Earlier this spring, a bipartisan majority of U.S. senators voted in favor of a nonbinding paid sick days budget amendment. For paid sick days advocates, this promising development was a unique opportunity for action and accountability. Today, the work to turn that symbolic vote into meaningful support continues.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Next Generation ACO Model: Helping Make Care Accountable

May 26, 2015 | Health Care

To further expand accountable care across the health care system, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

Health IT

No Meaningful Use (MU) Without Me: The Power of Consumer Voices

As you know, at the National Partnership for Women & Families, we strongly believe health IT is a real game-changer for patients, helping them take charge of their health and become true partners in improving our health care system.

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From the desk of ... Sarah E. Towne

New Analysis Reveals Disparities in Workers’ Paid Sick Days Access Across States

May 18, 2015

Even though 21 jurisdictions in the United States have or will soon have a paid sick days law in place, millions of workers throughout the country don’t have access to paid sick days. That’s the key finding of a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in collaboration with the National Partnership for Women & Families.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Philadelphia’s Paid Sick Days Law Takes Effect Today But Hurdles Remain

May 13, 2015

After a years-long fight for paid sick days in Philadelphia, a law passed overwhelmingly by the City Council earlier this year takes effect today. Now, workers at businesses with 10 or more employees will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. But sadly, that’s not the end of the story.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Extraordinary: Facebook Says 'Not On Our Watch' to Poverty Wages, Family Unfriendly Policies

May 13, 2015 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The move makes for an extraordinary moment in the effort to establish more fair and family friendly workplaces in this country.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Pennsylvania's Women's Health Agenda

At a time when women all across this country face discrimination in the workplace and need greater access to reproductive health care, it was encouraging to see what happened in Pennsylvania this week.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Honoring Mothers With the Time They – and the Country – Need

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s all commit – or recommit – to ending the days when time is elusive for so many and workers too often have to choose between job and family. 

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From the desk of ... Adriano Perez, Repro Health Watch

Millennials Lead a Texas-Sized Movement for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

April 29, 2015 | Reproductive Health

My family moved from Mexico to the United States in 1993 shortly after I was born. Texas became our home and there we built a life that was founded in perseverance and an unrelenting sense of hope.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

U.S. Senator Patty Murray Rallies Paid Sick Days Advocates

April 23, 2015

Paid sick days advocates from across the country got a boost from U.S. Senator Patty Murray today. Murray is the lead Senate sponsor of the Healthy Families Act and she championed the recent budget amendment that garnered bipartisan support for paid sick days. Today, she joined a national coalition call to talk about the issue.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

The White House Recognizes Paid Sick Days Champions

April 17, 2015

Closing out a week of attention to families’ economic security, the Obama administration paid special tribute yesterday to state and local “champions of change” who are making a real difference in communities and workplaces across the country. Among them were several paid sick days advocates whose dedication and victories are paving the way for national level progress.

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Five Reasons You Should Care About the U.S. Senate’s Paid Sick Days Vote

April 2, 2015

In a flurry of budget amendment votes in the U.S. Senate last week, those of us who advocate for paid sick days and other family friendly workplace policies witnessed an encouraging and unprecedented sign of progress. The vote was promising, but there is more work to do.

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