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Cephas welcomes second community school to the 192nd

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., said she is excited that the Overbrook Education Center, located in the 192 nd Legislative District, is part of a third cohort of neighborhood schools selected to become community schools. “Designating the Overbrook Education Center, the only public school in Philadelphia that educates students with visual impairments, a community school is a decision I am pleased with,” Cephas said. “This initiative ensures that all students, particularly those with special needs, are afforded a chance at quality academics and the opportunity to live a fulfilling autonomous life beyond primary school.” Community schools are public schools with a full-time coordinator who works with the entire school community to identify and meet the needs of the whole child. School coordinators attempt to address barriers students face at home and in school. This includes increasing access to medical services, expanding after-school programs, as well as providing opportunities for job training. Community schools ultimately identify resources to address the out-of-school needs of students to reduce the demands of school staff and to improve the academic performance of the students. Cephas said the school’s ongoing goals, before becoming a community school, include increasing student attendance rates by encouraging them to miss nine or less days a year, improving early and general literacy Read more


Pa. House panel hears first hand about maternal mortality

(Apr 17, 2019)

“Over the past several months and last few years, there has been a heightened conversation around the fact that our maternal mortality rate is getting worse,” said state Rep. Morgan Cephas. Read more


4/3/19 – Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality – Philadelphia

(Apr 04, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Morgan Cephas. Read more


Cephas Studying Maternal Mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

As chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Subcommittee on Women & Girls of Color, state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee to Saint Joseph’s University in her district for a discussion on how to reduce the state’s rising rates of maternal deaths and how doulas can best be integrated in maternal care. Read more


Environmental Justice & Community Wellness Event

(Apr 04, 2019)

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Pa. House panel hears first hand about maternal mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

“Over the past several months and last few years, there has been a heightened conversation around the fact that our maternal mortality rate is getting worse,” said state Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia), who convened the hearing. Read more


Cephas, Policy Committee focus on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality

(Apr 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality-Doula Care and Coverage at St. Joseph’s University. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to reduce maternal deaths and provide stronger support for doula care. Testifiers and lawmakers looked at definitions of maternal mortality, rates and causes and discussed best practices and solutions to reducing mortality rates. Cephas was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I want to thank all of today’s testifiers for providing great insight into how we can come together to improve maternal care and reduce maternal mortality. When we have open dialogue about the causes and drivers of these issues, we can better craft solutions that will ensure healthy moms and healthy babies,” explained Cephas. “In the United States, maternal mortality is on the rise, as it declines in every other developed country. We need to make sure medical professionals are fully educated and prepared to handle potential complications and that women aren’t afraid to speak up if something seems to be going wrong.” Sturla added: “In the developed world, the United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths. We need to make sure we’re encouraging women to seek the care Read more


Cephas to hold Policy Committee hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Mar 29, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 29 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality-Doula Care and Coverage. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Saint Joseph’s University, Mandeville Hall, Teletorium, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to reduce maternal deaths and provide stronger support for doula care. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 1:10 p.m. Panel One – Defining Maternal Mortality: Dr. Loren Robinson , Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health Marianne Fray , CEO, Maternity Care Coalition 1:40 p.m. Panel Two – Rates and Causes in Philadelphia and Across Pennsylvania: Dr. Jason Baxter, MD, MSCP, FACOG , Member, Pennsylvania Maternal Mortality Review Committee Dr. Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP , Policy Consultant for Maternal, Child and Family Health, Philadelphia Department of Health 2:10 p.m. Panel Three – Best Practices and Solutions: Lexi White , Senior Policy Manager, New Voices for Reproductive Justice Representative from AmeriHealth Caritas 2:40 p.m. Closing Remarks Read more


Cephas Fights To Bring Dignity To Incarcerated Women

(Mar 27, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas led a news conference to introduce a package of bills aimed at bringing dignity to incarcerated women. She explains why this issue is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more


Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. “As chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, I traveled to SCI-Muncy last year, which is one of the two state prisons that house female inmates, and heard the cries for help,” Cephas said. “The visit made me realize that while I'm proud of the significant strides we've seen in our fight for criminal justice reform, we must include our women and girls of color in the bipartisan discussion. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. According to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice, the number of women in jail in the U.S. has grown 14-fold since 1970. Furthermore, a majority are accused of non-violent offenses. What's often ignored by our criminal justice system, though, is the fact female offenders have vastly different needs and experience different stresses compared to men.” Cephas plans to introduce two bills: one would create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the other bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to submit an annual report on healthcare screenings and care services they provide to the House Health and Human Services committees and the Senate Health and Human Read more


Cephas, Hughes applaud $600,000 to protect pedestrians along Haverford Avenue

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas and state Sen. Vincent Hughes, both D-Phila., today announced $600,000 in state grant money to improve pedestrian safety along Haverford Avenue in Overbrook. The project targets Haverford Avenue at Rhoads and Sherwood streets, where residents have complained of dangerous crossing conditions. “Thank you to the Overbook Park Civic Association and the Haverford Avenue Business Association for their ongoing work to make the Haverford Avenue business corridor more pedestrian friendly,” Cephas said. “No one in our community should be risking their lives traveling through the neighborhood, but that’s what’s happening at these intersections along the avenue. We recognized these dangers and fought for this funding because the safety of our men, women and children are our top priority.” The funds, which were awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, will pay for the following at both intersections: Traffic signals with pedestrian countdowns to reduce the chance of crashes. Curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance and increase visibility for pedestrians and drivers. “Having a safe, walkable city is one of the core values that makes Philadelphia great,” Hughes said. “We know many of our constituents and other visitors frequently walk in this area, and so we appreciate the work of the Overbrook Read more


Cephas brings first ‘Night Market’ to district

(Mar 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a new partnership that will bring Night Market Philadelphia to West Philadelphia this summer. The Night Market, taking place in the Overbrook section of Cephas’ legislative district, will be held on June 20. Cephas said The Food Trust’s annual Night Market event takes place in several neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and comes from a collaboration of community stakeholders bringing visibility to vendors and entrepreneurs, as well as neighborhood businesses and points of interest. The event invites people from all over to partake in food and festivities in these areas to showcase local entrepreneurs and share more of the City of Philadelphia. “I am so excited to work with Overbrook West Neighborhoods to bring the Night Market to our community,” Cephas said. “With the look and feel of Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, there will be plenty of food and fun for the community to enjoy. It’s vital that we provide all Philadelphians with opportunities that encourage civic engagement and that promote community and economic development. Partnering with The Food Trust to bring this event to an area of the city that it has yet to come helps us to do just that.” More details on the Night Market Overbrook will be announced starting in late May. Read more


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(Mar 18, 2019)

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Cephas to hold ‘State of the 192nd’ town hall March 14

(Mar 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 8 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas is holding a town hall meeting for residents of her legislative district from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Sweet Union Baptist Church, located at 1536 N. 50 th St. According to Cephas, the “State of the 192nd” town hall will focus on the outlook of the communities she represents and review her legislative and local goals for the year. “This town hall meeting is an excellent opportunity for people to have their voices heard and partner with me to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and build a more vibrant community,” Cephas said. “I am honored to serve for another term and look forward to sharing more with the people I represent. Year one was a success, but the work continues!” Cephas said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue, and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. will be among the local agencies and organizations that will be in attendance and have resources to share. Residents who have questions about the town hall or who need help with any state-related matter should contact Cephas’ office at 215-879-6625 . Read more


Cephas applauds $86,000 to help Philadelphia veterans

(Mar 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced today that St. Joseph’s University is receiving $11,836 to help fund its efforts to assist veterans. The grant money is part of the Veterans Trust Fund and will be used to support the school’s podcasts that highlight business topics of interest to women veterans and military spouses. “The commitment, dedication and sacrifice of our veterans has opened the door to freedoms that too many in this country take for granted. While we can never fully repay them for their service, this money is critical in supporting programs aimed at helping our nation’s heroes here at home,” Cephas said. “I commend Governor Tom Wolf for awarding these funds, and I share in his passion to putting veterans and their families first.” St. Joseph’s University was one of three organizations in Philadelphia that received VTF funding: Military Assistance Project: $49,600 to provide free legal services to veterans Veterans Multi-Service Center: $25,000 for its women veterans program A complete list of recipients can be found here . The VTF is funded by generous Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo ID, or a motor vehicle registration. The VTF also receives proceeds that come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations. Since the grant program began in 2013, more than Read more


Cephas appointed to newly created deputy caucus chair position

(Mar 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced her new role as deputy Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-20 legislative session. “I am honored to have been appointed to this newly created position. I want to thank House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Joanna McClinton for providing me the opportunity to play such an integral part in laying the groundwork for the future success of our caucus,” Cephas said. “From investing in our commercial corridors and creating good-paying jobs to addressing maternal mortality rates and pushing for criminal justice reform, I will use this platform to continue tackling critical issues facing Pennsylvania.” Cephas, who joins three other newly appointed deputy caucus chairs from around the commonwealth, is tasked with working closely with the 24 new members of the House Democratic Caucus to provide peer mentoring in various areas, such as legislative goals, district office outreach and constituent services. She will also collaborate with McClinton in preparing special informational presentations for legislators and encourage all members to attend daily meetings wherein strategy and legislation are discussed. “I am eager to sit down with my Democratic colleagues in the House to strategically and effectively promote our message and put families first by embracing our Plan for PA , which fights for good-paying jobs, affordable health care, and quality schools.” The Read more


Cephas: Higher Education Should Be Affordable

(Feb 12, 2019)

During the second day of budget hearings, Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas discussed the importance of higher education and the need to make college more affordable for students. Read more


Cephas Fights To Raise The Wage, Strengthen Workforce

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas joined her colleagues to kick off a series of hearings about Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget. She focused on the importance of raising the minimum wage and strengthening workforce development. Read more


Cephas: Wolf’s proposed budget will be good for Philadelphia

(Feb 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 proposed budget. “Recently, my colleagues in the Philadelphia House Delegation stood together to announce our plan to reduce poverty in Philadelphia,” Cephas said. “House Democrats are on the same page as Governor Wolf when it comes to helping our most vulnerable citizens get back on their feet while avoiding new taxes.” Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes: • No new taxes. • A new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. • A minimum wage increase to $12 per hour. • Lowering the age of mandatory school attendance from 8 to 6. • Increasing the dropout age from 17 to 18. • A study on the benefits of providing free full-day kindergarten to all children 5 and older. • $200 million more for basic education. • $50 million more for pre-K and Head Start. • $50 million more for special education. • $7 million more for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. • $8 million in one-time grants for community college students/graduates working in Pennsylvania. “This is the first step in a long budget review process and I look forward to learning more details through my committee roles this session,” Cephas said. “I want to make sure that the final budget continues to reflect the values Read more


Local zoning board postpones City Avenue medical marijuana dispensary hearing

(Jan 29, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment postponed today’s appeal hearing for the Medical Marijuana Dispensary to be located at 5058 City Ave. “I would like to personally thank the leadership of the Wynnefield Residents’ Association for disputing the proposed permit for this site. This community has made it clear that they should be included in this process, and their opposition to the facility should matter,” Cephas said. “A dispensary could have a serious impact on our community socially and economically. If located at this site, there will be an increase in traffic congestion; there is a middle school close by the facility; and the community has had challenges with the previous business at the site. As we continue our ongoing dialog, I want to make sure all parties are at the table and represented. “The administration has done a wonderful job of getting this program up and running quickly. I truly believe that medical cannabis could be essential to an individual’s treatment and a great medical alternative for those in need. However, we have to make sure the community is aware of and participating in the process in determining their placement.” Cephas recently sent a letter to Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine calling for a moratorium on the licensing process for marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania until a series of Read more