“In Pennsylvania, over 105,000 women of child-bearing age have access to limited or no maternity care at all,” Johnson said. “And that should not be tolerable to us as a society, as a community, as a commonwealth. We really need to address those issues.” Read more
Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson today joined fellow state leaders and patients during a visit to an organization serving expectant mothers and families to address Black maternal health disparities and maternal health deserts across Pennsylvania. Read more
Lansdowne, PA – Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson today joined fellow state leaders and patients during a visit to an organization serving expectant mothers and families to address Black maternal health disparities and maternal health deserts across Pennsylvania. “As a board-certified OBGYN who spent decades caring for people during their pregnancies, I understand the importance of working harder to provide access to quality maternal care services for everyone during pregnancy and afterward,” said Dr. Johnson. “The latest data show that in Pennsylvania, more than 105,000 women 18-44 years of age live in counties with little or no obstetric care. That is completely intolerable.” During a news conference today at the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation – a non-profit educational and community outreach organization for expectant mothers and families – leaders from the Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs highlighted disturbing trends in maternal care access. According to a recent March of Dimes report , maternity deserts are growing in Pennsylvania, with six counties considered maternity care deserts, up from five counties in the previous report. A maternity care desert is a county where there’s a lack of maternity care resources, no hospitals or birth centers offering Read more
UPPER DARBY, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Gina H. Curry announced today the Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) has been awarded $750,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds for its Breaking Bread Community project in the 164 th Legislative District. SREHUP’s Breaking Bread Community project will be a homelessness eradication resource center, located in Upper Darby Township, proving services and housing help for anyone who may need them. It will also include a night shelter for at least 30 individuals. The project site is a three-story building and will require: A full renovation to provide a day use community area and offices on the first floor. Sleeping spaces on the second and third floors. New heating, air conditioning, electrical and fire alarm infrastructure. New interiors and finishes. New bathrooms on every floor. Improvements to the existing elevator. “The Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia is doing great work across the region to make sure those who are in need, are taken care of during the most extreme weather and throughout the year,” said Curry. “We are currently experiencing a crisis of people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. This funding will help the organization provide necessary services with dignity and respect. I am pleased to see this funding awarded to a project right here in Upper Darby Read more
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians of the 2023 Open Enrollment Period that begins tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1, through Pennie, the commonwealth’s official online health insurance marketplace . Pennsylvanians can apply, compare plans, and enroll in high-quality health coverage all in one place. This annual Open Enrollment Period is an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to take advantage of substantial savings on 2023 coverage. “Obtaining affordable, quality health care has never been easier in Pennsylvania thanks to Pennie’s one-stop shop design,” Gov. Wolf said. “Through the online state-based system, Pennsylvanians have instant access to a variety of resources to help them understand how to apply, shop, and enroll in health coverage. They also have access to people who can help them through the process right in their own community. My administration is extremely proud to have signed legislation introducing Pennie in July 2019, with the goal of improving access for Pennsylvanians to secure the care they deserve, ultimately giving more people the opportunity to live healthier lives.” Pennie’s Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1 to January 15, 2023, with December 15 marking the deadline to select coverage that will begin New Year’s Day. For those enrolling between December 16 and January 15, coverage will begin February 1, 2023. New this Open Enrollment, a recent Read more
I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend! Remember to look out for our community trick-or-treaters while driving on Monday evening. There are Halloween safety tips included below! Read more
Eligible U.S. citizens who intend to vote for the first time — or have previously voted but need to file a name change or address change to update their registration information — have until Mon., Oct. 24 to file a voter registration application to qualify to cast a ballot at the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election. Applications can be filed online or in person. Voters who are already registered at their current address do not need to take further action. Voters can check their registration status on the PA Department of State website , accessible at delcopa.gov/regstatus . To register to vote, voters must be a U.S. citizen who will be 18 or older on Nov. 8, 2022 and must have lived at their current address for at least 30 days before Election Day. Voters can register: Online with a PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) ID or driver’s license, accessible at delcopa.gov/register2vote , by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 24. In person at the Voter Service Center, located in the Government Center Building in Media, during the following hours: Fri., Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Mon., Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Federal Postcard Applications (FPCAs) for absentee ballots from military and overseas voters must be received by the County by Mon., Oct. 24. FCPAs may Read more
Happy Friday! October is quickly coming to an end, and we are just over two weeks until Election Day. Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: PA Industry Partnership Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, educational and post-secondary educational organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. Use : To identify workforce, education & training, and economic development needs, coordinate regional teams to support industry needs, identify public and community resources to address industry identified needs and increase collaboration among businesses within a targeted industry sector. Funds : Up to $250,000 per partnership. Application Deadline : October 28, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program (Funding Source: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations. Use : To support security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization. Funds : Awards between $5,000 and $150,000. Application Deadline : October 31, 2022 More Information : Click on Read more
Happy Friday! I hope you are enjoying the Fall weather and activities. This week, my Senior Center tour continued with a visit to the Simpson Gardens. Read more
UPPER DARBY, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, invites seniors living in the 164 th Legislative District to a free senior breakfast and resource fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Watkins Senior Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby. “I am pleased to be able to host another breakfast for seniors,” said Curry. “We had a great turnout for our event in the spring, and I am looking forward to this opportunity to meet with residents and learn about the issues and concerns important to older Pennsylvanians living in the 164 th . We will also have information about the state, county and local resources available to them.” Curry and members of her staff will be available to help constituents with any state government-related matters, including SEPTA Keycards, unclaimed property, and household heating and water assistance (LIHEAP and LIWAP). The Delaware County office of Services for the Aging will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be information about estate planning, Medicare open enrollment, rebate scams, the new Community Action Agency of Delaware County location, and a new community center coming to Upper Darby. To register to attend, residents may contact Curry’s office at (610) 259-7016 or RepCurry@pahouse.net . Read more
Pa. State Rep. Gina H. Curry hosts a live virtual panel discussion on Equity in Education and Mental Health Awareness in local Pennsylvania schools. Read more
Happy October everyone! This was a busy week in our district office. Read more
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. In Pennsylvania, you also have the option to vote early by mail. Read more
Happy Friday, it’s the final day of September! This has been a busy month in our district office and in Harrisburg. Read more
Thank you to everyone who joined our virtual discussion last night! Here are the resources mentioned during the presentation: Pennsylvania Department of Education Mental Health Resources Act 44 (School Safety) Pennsylvania Requirements Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention and Child Exploitation Awareness Education Act 18 of 2019: Threat Assessment Training Safe2Say Something Anonymous Tip Line If you were unable to attend, you can watch the discussion here . Read more
“The stark reality is – and it happens for many reasons – grandparents raising grandchildren is a very real thing, and I know this has been going on for a very long time,” state Rep. Gina Curry, D-Delaware, said. “I’m thinking about the stigma in talking about the need to take care of family and grandchildren, and I’m concerned about people in my district who are in an isolated place because they may encounter language or cultural obstacles.” Read more
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians have a unique opportunity to be quickly pardoned from minor marijuana-related convictions through Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s PA Marijuana Pardon Project and time is running out for those interested in applying. More than 2,500 people have already applied for their marijuana convictions to be pardoned through the project and the deadline to apply through the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons is this Friday, September 30, 2022. “Pennsylvanians convicted of simple marijuana charges are automatically disqualified for so many life opportunities: jobs, education, housing, special moments with family. This is wrong,” said Gov. Wolf. “In Pennsylvania, we believe in second chances – I’m urging those eligible to apply now, don’t miss your chance to forge a new path.” “Good people are being held back from living their best lives because of some old nonviolent weed charge,” said Lt. Gov. Fetterman. “Now is the time to apply, because we have no idea how long the legislature will continue refusing common sense legalization.” It is estimated that thousands of individuals are eligible due to convictions over the past several decades, even pre-dating marijuana’s inclusion as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Anyone with only the two select marijuana offenses noted below on their record is eligible to Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: 2023-24 PennSERVE Grants for Health and Community Service Programs (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Institutions of higher education, Indian tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and states. Use : To allow organizations to recruit and support AmeriCorps members as they serve unmet community needs. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : October 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/pennserve/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Youth Justice Advisory Board Council Pilot Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any agency currently implementing a youth engagement program including (but not limited to): Any private non-profit agency, public agency, or unit of local government. Use : To establish and coordinate county-based Youth Justice Advisory Board Councils (YJAB-Cs) across the Commonwealth with the long-term goal to increase directly impacted youth voice and input in their communities and with the youth-led subcommittee and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee. Funds : Up to $350,000 in total state funding to support between three or four organizations. Application Deadline : October Read more
n this e-blast you will find information about what happened in Harrisburg this week, including a bill I supported to provide more funding to volunteer Fire & EMS services and an event fighting for reproductive rights! Read more
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