The Issue: Public Health
Gaps have been identified in our public health system over the last 2 ½ years that can be fixed with planning, funding, and statewide coordination. I will continue to assist in closing those holes with common sense legislation around affordable and accessible healthcare options.
I will be focusing on using parts of our new 18.4-billion-dollar school budget on funding for post-pandemic mental health in schools. The pandemic has increased isolation and stress which will result in long-term effects on our youth.Therefore, there needs to be an increase in therapists and psychologists in schools to assist students and families which will support a healthy environment for education.This will be significant for the entire K–12 system as we exit these last 2 ½ years.
I will focus on the needs of students from low-income homes and students with special education needs by assisting with nutritious food options, ESL (English as a second language) programs, technology at home, physical education, mental health, and life skills that our schools will offer. I will work to help invest millions more to help schools better address those needs.