E-Blast: Fair Education Funding, Bills on the Move & More!

(Jun 14, 2024)

It was a whirlwind week in Harrisburg! My colleagues and I got back to work on moving more pieces of legislation including our first foray into the budget process! Read more

 

Mothers, maternal health advocates gather to support Postpartum Depression Awareness Act

(Jun 10, 2024)

Harrisburg, June 10 – A bill that would increase awareness of perinatal and postpartum depression and treatment options was a topic of discussion today as mothers and maternal health advocates rallied with members of the House on the bill’s importance and the House passed it. Introduced by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., Gina Curry, D-Delaware, and Lisa Borowski, D- Delaware, H.B. 2127 would empower the Department of Health to create a public awareness campaign to inform Pennsylvanians about the symptoms and effects of PPD. It also would direct the department to centralize access to organizations that provide counseling for PPD on their website and on fact sheets available in doctor’s offices. “New mothers deserve to feel supported, not alone, in the time before and after a new baby arrives. Our current lack of resources for perinatal depression effectively strips new mothers of agency in understanding their mental health,” Fiedler said. “Having widely available education materials on these conditions will empower new parents to support themselves and their babies. All women and pregnant people deserve the opportunity to prioritize their health, whether that means access to miscarriage management medication, abortion, or counselling for postpartum depression.” Fiedler said that PPD is distinct from what some call “baby blues,” feelings of sadness or anxiety that only Read more

 

E-Blast: Harrisburg Happenings, Legislative Updates & more!

(Jun 07, 2024)

June is here, and that means the budget will soon be the dominant focus of the legislature. Before we got too deep in the process, we passed some more crucial pieces of legislation.  Read more

 

Mayes, Curry bill to provide maternal and newborn supply kits passes PA House

(Jun 06, 2024)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Building on their strong record of propelling initiatives aimed to assist Pennsylvania families, state Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, announced today that their legislation that would create a state program providing “Welcome Baby” kits to new moms and parents passed the Pennsylvania House. House Bill 2137 would establish a new state program to help ease the financial and emotional stress new moms and parents face by providing them with maternal and newborn supply kits and connecting them to additional support programs available at the state and county levels. “I believe that the arrival of a newborn should be a time of joy and hope, not stress and uncertainty,” said Mayes, D-Allegheny. “Our legislation would ensure that these families receive the support they need during this transformative time. “The Maternal and Newborn Supply Kit program addresses the social determinants of health like having a low income which can impact a person’s health outcomes. For new moms and parents, these kits are part an answer to combat the driving forces of maternal mortality and morbidity and a lifeline for struggling new families.” I stand firmly committed to advocating for policies that provide parents with the necessary resources to nurture their child from day one.” “Welcoming Read more

 

Curry’s tow truck legislation passes PA House

(Jun 04, 2024)

“Our first responders need to lean on every resource necessary in order to help others with efficiency and safety,” Curry said. “There is no time for tow truck drivers to consider every legal repercussion they may face when trying to help our police officers, firefighters and paramedics. This bill will give tow truck drivers peace of mind that, as long as they are following the directions of a police officer, they can take the necessary risks to help others without penalty.” Read more

 

E-Blast: Memorial Day Recap, Back in the 164th & more!

(May 31, 2024)

June is right around the corner! It's hard to imagine we are almost at the halfway point of 2024! June brings the great freedom and fun of summer! For myself and my colleagues, we prepare for another budget process. Read more

 

E-Blast: Memorial Day, Harrisburg Happenings & more!

(May 24, 2024)

We've made it to the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day weekend! I hope all of you enjoy the time off and take the time to remember those who gave their all in defense of our country!  Read more

 

E-Blast: PABMHC in DC, Senior Fun Fair Recap & more!

(May 17, 2024)

I hope all of you had a great Mother's Day this past Sunday! I was able to enjoy the majority of my week in the 164th Legislative District! However, I want to start this E-Blast by discussing a little trip the co-chairs of the PA Black Maternal Health Caucus made! Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 15, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Wild Resource Conservation Program Who May Apply: Counties, municipalities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, conservation districts, and municipal authorities. Individuals, state government agencies, and for-profit businesses may be eligible depending on the project. Use: Grant applications will be accepted for species surveys, conservation, and management. Funds: Funding comes through the Wil Resource Conservation Fund and a portion of the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Grant size varies, but the average grant award is $30,000. Application Deadline: July 1, 2024 More information: DCNR website Department of Community and Economic Development: Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) The NAP is broken down into five components: The Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credit, the Special Program Priorities, the Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Charitable Food Program, and the Enterprise Zone Program Tax Credit. Please visit the link below for specific information on each component. Who May Apply: Depending on the program, eligible applicants include neighborhood organizations that hold a ruling from the IRS as nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations, and organizations operating as food banks, food pantries, or emergency food providers. Use: Use varies by program, but priorities for this funding Read more

 

E-Blast: Delta Day, MOMNIBUS On The Move & more!

(May 10, 2024)

We had another jam-packed week in Harrisburg! We opened up the week with crucial floor votes on two MOMNIBUS bills. House Bills 2097 and 1608 have both moved on to the state Senate after passing the House chamber with bipartisan support with H.B. 2097 getting unanimous approval. Read more

 

Casey to introduce bill expanding Medicaid maternity care to include doulas and midwives

(May 09, 2024)

The federal legislation follows the passage of a similar bill that passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to cover doula services for expectant and new mothers here. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 07, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Education: Public School Environmental Repairs Program Who May Apply: School districts, area career and technical schools, charter schools, and regional charter schools that operate school buildings. Use: Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the remediation and/or abatement of lead in water sources and paint, asbestos, and mold inside school buildings of eligible school entities. Funds: Up to $75 million in state funds will be competitively awarded. There is no minimum funding request. The maximum funding request is $10 million. One application per entity will be accepted, but the application may consist of more than one project in more than one school building. Application Deadline: June 30, 2024 More information: PDE Website Department of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Grant Program Who May Apply: Any school district, school, charter school, private school, or center with pre-K classes, kindergarten classes, elementary classes, or middle school classes through 8 th grade that participates in a Federal Child Nutrition Program. Use: The purpose of the Farm-to-School Program is to educate prekindergartners through eighth graders and their families about the importance of choosing healthy, locally produced foods and increase awareness of Pennsylvania agriculture. Eligible projects will achieve this purpose. Funds: $500,000 is available for Read more

 

E-Blast: PLBC HBCU Discussion, Equity in Education Panel & more!

(May 03, 2024)

We opened May by jumping right back into Legislative Session. The highlight of the week was two bills of the MOMNIBUS legislation package getting second consideration approval. Read more

 

Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 01, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Indigent Defense Grant Program Who May Apply: Counties Use: Salaries and benefits for staff, recruiting efforts to find/retain staff, training and development courses for staff, efforts to improve data collection, and any cost associated with gaps or needs in providing indigent defense, among other things. Funds: A total of $6,750,000 is expected to fund up to 67 grants (one in each county). Application Deadline: , May 23, 202d4 More information: PCCD Website Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (via Department of Homeland Security): Nonprofit Security Grant Program Who May Apply: Non-profit organizations may apply as a sub applicant through PEMA. PEMA is the direct applicant to the Department of Homeland Security. Use: Funds are to be used to enhance the protection of soft targets/crowded places. Funds: $274,500,000 in federal funds are available for this national funding opportunity. $3,277,500 in funding is targeted toward Pennsylvania. Application Deadline: May 29, 2024, at 5 p.m. More information: PEMA Website Historical and Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care Grant Who May Apply: Local government entities and nonprofit organizations Use: Projects must relate to some aspect of Pennsylvania’s history and funds may be used for preservation of Read more

 

Fiedler, Green join legislators, coalition of community and labor organizations to oppose private school vouchers

(Apr 29, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, April 29 -- On Friday, state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler and Roni Green, both D-Phila., attended a news conference at City Hall to voice their support for investing in public education and rejecting voucher schemes in the 2024 state budget. Organized labor, education advocates, and community organizations were in attendance to support fully funding Pennsylvania’s public schools. The event followed the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission’s recommendations to address Pennsylvania’s unconstitutional K-12 school funding system, recommendations that included $300 million for facilities upgrades last year. Private school vouchers divert tax dollars that could be used to repair school buildings, instead affording them to the elite (more than half the time to families making over $200,000 ) to support institutions that openly discriminate against students, the legislators said. “Every tax dollar given to voucher programs is another tax dollar diverted from our neighborhood public schools,” said Fiedler. “At a time when so many of our schools are struggling to stay open due to toxins and overdue repairs, our priority must be fully funding public schools and their buildings. As Democrats, we cannot allow vouchers to have a place in our state budget.” "We can't afford entitlement programs. We must first fix what's broken," said Green. Read more

 

E-Blast: April Recap, Upcoming Events & more!

(Apr 26, 2024)

It is so hard to believe we are already entering the month of May! I hope all of you took the time to vote in the primaries this past Tuesday! The simple act of voting is one of the most powerful tools of our democracy so be sure to get educated and prepared when we do it all over again in November. Read more

 

E-Blast: Black Maternal Health Week Recap, Primary Election Day & more!

(Apr 19, 2024)

This week, along with my co-chairs of the Pennsylvania Black Maternal Health Caucus, I was excited to welcome constituents and stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, in observance of Black Maternal Health Week 2024 at the Capitol. Read more

 

E-Blast: Black Maternal Health Week, Student Teacher Stipend & more!

(Apr 12, 2024)

We got to work this week! I passed a resolution to recognize Black Maternal Health in the Commonwealth and spoke alongside the Governor and my colleagues to help get our teachers paid!  Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s MOMNIBUS addresses Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality through investments

(Apr 12, 2024)

Black Pennsylvanians had the highest pregnancy-associated mortality ratio at 148 per 100,000 live births, which is nearly twice as much as white Pennsylvanians who had a PAMR at 81 per 100,000 live births, highlighting racial disparities in maternal health care. Read more

 

House adopts Curry’s Black Maternal Health Week resolution

(Apr 10, 2024)

“These statistics are not new,” Curry said. “But sadly, an alarming number of people are still unaware just how dire the situation is for Black mommas here in Pennsylvania and the United States. While we are doing everything we can to take action in the legislature, we also cannot afford to stop talking about Black maternal health. That’s why I am so glad we have established Black Maternal Health Week in the commonwealth. By establishing this week, we encourage people and healthcare providers to get educated about this issue and learn how they can better care for themselves, their children, their family, and their neighbors.” Read more

 

E-Blast: Fair Education Funding, Bills on the Move & More!
Jun 14, 2024

Mothers, maternal health advocates gather to support Postpartum Depression Awareness Act
Jun 10, 2024

E-Blast: Harrisburg Happenings, Legislative Updates & more!
Jun 07, 2024

Mayes, Curry bill to provide maternal and newborn supply kits passes PA House
Jun 06, 2024

Curry’s tow truck legislation passes PA House
Jun 04, 2024

E-Blast: Memorial Day Recap, Back in the 164th & more!
May 31, 2024

E-Blast: Memorial Day, Harrisburg Happenings & more!
May 24, 2024

E-Blast: PABMHC in DC, Senior Fun Fair Recap & more!
May 17, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 15, 2024

E-Blast: Delta Day, MOMNIBUS On The Move & more!
May 10, 2024

Casey to introduce bill expanding Medicaid maternity care to include doulas and midwives
May 09, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 07, 2024

E-Blast: PLBC HBCU Discussion, Equity in Education Panel & more!
May 03, 2024

Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 01, 2024

Fiedler, Green join legislators, coalition of community and labor organizations to oppose private school vouchers
Apr 29, 2024

E-Blast: April Recap, Upcoming Events & more!
Apr 26, 2024

E-Blast: Black Maternal Health Week Recap, Primary Election Day & more!
Apr 19, 2024

E-Blast: Black Maternal Health Week, Student Teacher Stipend & more!
Apr 12, 2024

Pennsylvania’s MOMNIBUS addresses Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality through investments
Apr 12, 2024

House adopts Curry’s Black Maternal Health Week resolution
Apr 10, 2024