Anna's Weekly Report
It’s good to be back home for the month of October for a district work period until Congress reconvenes in November. Meeting with constituents and engaging with them is an essential part of my work representing you in Congress. I’ll be holding several events throughout October to hear from constituents and educate our community on major legislation we’ve passed. Stay tuned to learn how to sign up for my upcoming events.
Stanford Mental Health Summit
I was honored to be the keynote speaker this week at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and the Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab’s inaugural Mental Healthcare Innovation Summit. I discussed my legislation, the Strengthen Kids’ Mental Health Now Act, bipartisan legislation to address the growing crisis of children’s mental health in America. My bill bolsters our country’s infrastructure for pediatric mental health services, including investing in the expansion of our mental health workforce, improving access to mental health care, and building stronger systems of prevention, early identification, and treatment for children.
Later in the day singer, songwriter, and actress Selena Gomez surprised attendees to discuss her mental health advocacy and living with bipolar disorder. You can view her speech here.
El Camino Health’s Maternal Mental Health Symposium
On Thursday, I spoke at a reception to honor and recognize the work done by health providers and staff in the labor & delivery teams and mental health & addiction services department at El Camino Health. Each year, about 800 American women die and 50,000 women are severely injured due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. For Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans in the U.S., it’s even more dangerous to give birth. This is shameful and preventable.
I spoke about legislation to address maternal mental health conditions, including the Into the Light for Maternal Mental Health Act and the TRIUMPH for New Moms Act, which I passed through my Committee in June. The Into the Light for Maternal Mental Health Act provides more grant funding for Psychiatry Access Programs to screen, intervene, and refer pregnant women and new moms for culturally appropriate mental health care. The TRIUMPH for New Moms Act creates a task force to develop a national strategy for improving maternal mental health outcomes.
St. Andrew Armenian Church
On Wednesday I was invited by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) to speak at Saint Andrew Armenian Apostolic Church about my recent congressional delegation trip to Armenia and take questions from our local Armenian community. I discussed the details of the trip and my work in Congress to strengthen the U.S.-Armenian relationship. As one of only two Members of Congress of Armenian descent, it’s always an honor to meet with our local Armenian community.
Legislation Anna Introduced This Week
Health and Location Data Protection Act
This week I introduced legislation to ban data brokers from selling some of the most sensitive data available about everyday Americans, including health data and location data. Data brokers are buying and selling untold amounts of intensely personal data from Americans in a largely unregulated market, often without the consumer’s consent or knowledge. My bill bans this unsavory business practice that poses a significant threat to the privacy of every American.
Clean Energy for All
The Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law in August, is the largest investment to combat the climate crisis in U.S. history, and it includes rebates and tax credits to directly lower costs for consumers and small businesses. The White House has set up an online portal where you can learn how you can save on utility bills, get support to purchase electric vehicles and energy-saving appliances, and other incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Visit www.cleanenergy.gov to learn more.
Covid-19 Booster & Flu Shot
Beginning September 1st there’s a new Covid-19 bivalent vaccine available that targets the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19, as well as the original strain of Covid-19. Those 12 years and older who received their most recent Covid-19 booster at least two months ago are eligible for this new bivalent booster. Additionally, if it’s been at least three months since an infection with Covid-19, you are eligible for the new bivalent booster. You can sign up immediately for a free appointment at your county’s website below, and it’s very easy to do.
Flu season is upon us! The flu and Covid-19 vaccines are safe to receive together, and most vaccination centers will have both available. Learn where you can get your flu vaccine here: www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines
In the Words of My Constituents
Every week hundreds of constituents call and write to me to express their concerns, share their passions, and ask questions regarding legislation and policies. Over 108,466 constituents have contacted me this year. I actually read every communication and every constituent receives a personal response to their specific questions and comments from me. This week, 1,203 constituents contacted me about issues including:
Anna’s Work in the News
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I close with this thought. Always know how deeply grateful I am for the trust you’ve placed in me to represent you. I work daily to live up to it.