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News: WA dental therapists bill reintroduced | January 24, 2022
House Bill 1885, sponsored by Representative Eileen Cody and would allow the practice of dental therapy to expand statewide in Washington. “We see it as a racial equity strategy,” said Dr. Stephan Blanford. “Because many of the areas in Washington State that don’t have good dental care are populated by low-income people of color.”
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Op-ed: Washington makes progress toward equitable recovery for kids | July 28, 2021
Dr. Stephan Blanford cites data from the 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book to demonstrate the importance of the Fair Start for Kids Act for Washington's children.
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News: Kids in WA Doing Better Than Other States, But Disparities Remain | June 21, 2021
The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The report measured data before the pandemic in 2019, and ranks Washington 14th overall. Dr. Stephan Blanford, executive director of the Children's Alliance, said children of color aren't faring as well.
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Op-ed: Washington's Children Shouldn't Have to Relive our Past Mistakes | February 10, 2021
Dr. Stephan Blanford and Misha Werschkul call on lawmakers to focus on racial equity in Washington's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more in the South Seattle Emerald
News: WA Families Face Instability in Families, Housing | December 17, 2020
Families in Washington state are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annie E. Casey Foundation found 1 in 11 Evergreen State families doesn't have enough to eat and 1 in 8 isn't sure they'll be able to pay the rent or mortgage on time. Dr. Stephan Blanford said the national figures show stark racial disparities, with families of color struggling at much higher rates.
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News: State budget cuts loom, starting with dental benefits | November 18, 2020
Policy experts and advocates worry that medical and dental benefits are at risk in potential state budget cuts.
Read more in Real Change