California Healthy Start 2.0

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In California 22.8% of our children live in poverty. That’s 2 million kids facing the negative impacts of poverty—and they’re disproportionately kids of color. These inequities are unconscionable. And they’re unacceptable.

That’s why I introduced #AB875—reestablishing the Healthy Start in California.

The Healthy Start Initiative was incredibly impactful—and made a huge difference in connecting families with critical services to improve health and academic outcomes, and remedy trauma and violence.

It ended in 2007—and never came back. But this year we’re pushing to bring it back!

Healthy Start 2.0 services include: school-based health, dental and vision care, substance use counseling, job readiness, and additional emphasis on addressing trauma and preventing violence.

It would mean $60M over 4 years—much needed resources going directly to schools and school districts!

Thank you to all the organizations working to get #AB875 through, including: Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, Alliance for Safety and Justice, United Ways of California, United Way Bay Area, and Children’s Defense Fund–California.

Now is the time for Healthy Start 2.0 — let’s get it passed!

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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