Last month, Winter Storm Uri caused catastrophic power outages across Texas. National Academy for State Health Policy staff Eskedar Girmash and Sarah Lanford, who work remotely from Dallas and Houston during the pandemic, were both without power for four days as temperatures fell to single digits and they lost access to water. At least 58 people died trying to stay warm, and more […]
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About Eskedar Girmash
Eskedar Girmash joined NASHP in June 2020 as a research analyst with the Child and Family Health Team. She focuses on work related to children with special health care needs. Prior to joining NASHP, Eskedar was a health policy intern in US Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s office. She also held an internship with the National Association of Community Health Centers on the federal affairs team and worked as summer fellow at Oasis Free Clinics in Brunswick, ME. During college, Eskedar completed an honors thesis on racial maternal health inequities that explored how Birth Justice praxis (practices) can mold health policy and medical education to improve outcomes for Black mothers. Eskedar graduated with a BA from Bowdoin College in 2020, where she studied Africana Studies on a premedical track.
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Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families face unique hardships in accessing school-based health services during COVID-19, especially children of color, those experiencing poverty, and those living in rural areas who have limited access to technology and acute socioeconomic needs. States are developing unique strategies to support the health needs […]
As states explore back-to-school remote or in-person learning options, they are developing strategies to meet the needs of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in their education and public health systems. These approaches include: Developing risk assessment tools for children and families; Increasing staffing to ensure physical distancing; Enhancing collaboration between education […]