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Mom Taught Me To Be An Activist

May 9, 2014
I recently visited my mom for her birthday last week. She always possessed a practical, no-nonsense attitude. Mom is the personification of a hip 80 year-old, but she reminds me often that growing up during the Depression gives her the edge of realism. Her mind is as sharp as a tack, so even at her...
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Crossing into New Territory with 25,000 Newly Covered Kids

May 12, 2014
At Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, we’ve been working for many years to ensure that all children have health coverage here in our state. Our latest report, Crossing into New Territory: Kids’ Health Coverage in 2014 , outlines the progress Arkansas has made in covering kids since 1997...
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CHIP Works for Children in Alabama and Across the Country

May 12, 2014
As a pediatrician caring for more than 100 children each week in the rural community of Brewton, Alabama, I’ve seen some of my patients grow into parents themselves, bringing in their children to see me as their doctor. Throughout my 33 years practicing pediatrics here, I’ve observed many changes...
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Healthy Parents Make for Supported Kids

May 12, 2014
Did you know that the child support program serves more than 17 million children – 1 in 4 in the U.S.? Yes the child support program is about collecting money. It helps assure that children can get what they need, like clothes and school supplies, and lifts about a million people out of poverty...
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Keeping All Youth and Young Adults Enrolled in Health Care

May 12, 2014
Do you know a young adult who has taken advantage of the President’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that allows young people to stay on their parent’s health plan until they are 26 years old? In this age of underemployment, lots of new high school and college graduates are grateful (and so are...
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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

May 12, 2014
As a parent of a 13-month-old, my son is already the embodiment of what I hope for most; William is happiness and light personified. I am constantly amazed at how quickly he changes in appearance and ability. I know his father and I will support him as he endeavors to reach milestones throughout...
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You Hold Your Child’s Health Care in Your Hands

May 12, 2014
Your family means everything to you. You want your children to lead happy, healthy lives. When you see your child lashing out at his peers, his teachers, even you, what do you do? When you see your child suffering from a sore throat and a possible ear infection, what do you do? Does what you do to...
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Healthy kids do better in schools

May 12, 2014
Healthy kids do better in schools. Students who are healthy are better able to focus on what’s being taught in class and they’re less likely to be absent due to illness. Instructional time is vital to student success and schools can do a lot to make sure students are in class, healthy, and ready to...
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Lessons from Mami

May 8, 2014
Mami has been gone for three years now. And every day, at least once a day, I am reminded of something she said, some lesson she passed on. Who's Your Family? The biggest lessons were from that last year. Where we spoke of family and friends and the definition of each. The fact that Mami had...
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Adventure and freedom from stereotypes (thank you mom!)

May 8, 2014
My mom is an adventurer. A passionate reader and investigator of life. A compassionate advocate for helping people. She taught me I didn't have to be a certain way just because I was female. That gave me the greatest freedom of all-- to be myself. Thanks, mom! Happy Mother's Day.
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