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From Trauma to Healing: Puerto Rico’s Children after Hurricane María

“We were supposed to be untouchable,” said Dr. Nelson Almodóvar Rodríguez, medical sub-director of Salud Integral en la Montaña (SIM), a network of community-based clinics in Puerto Rico. “Historically, hurricanes went underneath us or above us.” But on September 20, 2017, Hurricane María struck the island with direct, deadly force as a category five hurricane.

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COVID-19 deaths means thousands now orphaned

Thousands of children have lost parents or caregivers to COVID-19. Children’s Health Fund President and CEO, Dr. Arturo Brito, spoke to Lilo Stainton of NJ Spotlight News about what is needed to support them. “We must ensure they have the care and resources they need.” Read more at NJ Spotlight News.

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Build Back Better: A Historic Investment in Children

On August 11, 2021, Senate Democrats approved a budget reconciliation plan known as the Build Back Better Act. Intended to expand the social safety net, this bill provides funding for a wide array of policy initiatives, many of which center the needs of children and families. Through efforts to close the Medicaid coverage gap, subsidize

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