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Michelle Hughes

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A ray of hope in Raleigh: Senators introduce needed child welfare reform

The child welfare system is a last resort for children who are at risk of serious injury, trauma, or even death. As a society, we have a moral obligation to provide these children with a safe environment where they can begin to recover from their trauma. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s child welfare system is structurally and systemically inadequate to ensure the safety of children who come into its care and to promote their long-term health and recovery.

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New report card: Healthy children come from healthy families

When it comes to a child’s health, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Data from the 2016 Child Health Report Card, published by NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM), show critical links between a child’s health and that of her parents, which is why investments in parents’ health yield big returns for children.

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A message to 2016 candidates for office: Please start talking about children

Two-thousand and sixteen is a big election year in North Carolina—voters will chose their next Governor, U.S. Senator, Attorney General, all 170 state ...
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Preventing youth suicide: What the latest data tell us and where we go from here

When it comes to preventing child deaths, our state has made good progress over the last 24 years. Overall, the child death rate ...
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Lawmakers target successful, homegrown program for at-risk babies and mothers for elimination

This is a true story. It’s about a smart, homegrown program embedded in our state’s communities that has made tremendous progress in ensuring ...
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Protecting our children during the downturn

From the Oval Office to the family dinner table - we are all talking about the economy and the challenges that our state and nation face in the months and, most likely, years ahead. The average citizen is quickly becoming conversant in economic lingo - toxic securities, Keynesian economics, subprime mortgages - as our leaders grapple with the growing crisis and search for solutions to jumpstart the ailing economy. ...
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