Speak Up for Kids! October 9th, 2019
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Tell Your Legislators:
Dental Therapy Works for Washington

The future of dental care was on display at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s dental clinic on Wednesday, September 4th, as state lawmakers gathered to learn how dental therapists there are providing quality care as part of their dental team.

The Swinomish introduced this provider to their dental team because kids, elders, and adults in their community had suffered from inadequate care for far too long. The tribe knew dental therapists could help, so they took bold action to bring much-needed care. Washington legislators should do the same for their constituents.

Existing barriers within our dental care delivery system result in children of color, children living in low-income households, and children living in households in which the primary language spoken is not English, bearing the brunt of the dental decay burden. It doesn’t have to be this way. Dental therapy is an evidence-based solution that is working right here in our state.

Tell your legislators to pass HB 1317 / SB 5392 to authorize dental therapy in the 2020 legislative session. Our families and communities can’t wait any longer for high-quality, equitable dental care. Read our full blog post about the site visit here and take action using the button below!
Contact your legislator!

Join us in Vancouver, WA on October 26th

On Saturday, October 26th, Children’s Alliance is hosting an advocacy training for our members and the public in Vancouver. Details below:
Vancouver Advocacy Day
Saturday, October 26th
10am to 3pm
Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
Vancouver, WA 98668

This leadership training on effective public policy advocacy is open to all, with a focus on people of color and low-income communities in the Greater Vancouver area.  Participants learn how laws and budgets are made, and gain skills to deliver a powerful message, influence legislators, and get others involved in advocacy. In addition, we provide opportunities to discuss racial equity. Participants will be joined by guest speakers, including local elected officials. Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Emijah Smith, at 206-324-0340 x25, or email emijah[at]childrensalliance[dot]org.
Register now!

New Post from KIDS COUNT:
Opportunity for Every Child

When times are bad, kids should be protected from harm. When the economy gets better, kids should share in the benefits.

But a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT data project shows that too many children have not experienced an economic recovery since the end of the Great Recession.

Here in Washington, all kids of color are more likely than white children to be living in poor neighborhoods, with Black, American Indian and Latinx children 4-5 times more likely. Data about the state’s Asian Pacific Islander community is not sufficiently detailed, but other indicators suggest many households of Asian and Pacific heritage are growing up in similar conditions.

Read our full blog post about what policy makers can do to turn around these disparities in our state.

Paola Maranan
Executive Director
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