STEAM-H scholarship

Governor Glenn Youngkin, First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin, and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the 13th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Healthcare (STEAM-H) essay scholarship and encourage female high school senior students to enter.

The STEAM-H Scholarship is available to female seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 and are planning to go into a STEAM or Healthcare field.

Applications and guidelines are available online here.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Essays will be judged by a panel of Council members and individuals who represent STEAM-H fields.

Winners will be notified in late April 2024.

The scholarship awards will be presented in the spring of 2024.

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Va Senators shine light on food insecurity

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 30 of their colleagues in a letter urging Congress to fight food insecurity.

The main focus was on child nutrition waivers.

The waivers are set to expire on June 30th and were originally part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

They also urged for an expansion of community eligibility and the creation of a summer EBT program.

Food insecurity is heightened during the summer for children when they lose access to school meals.

The letter was also endorsed by numerous child care and health organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, the American Heart Association, and Feeding America.

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Sen. Warner leads telehealth legislation

Senator Mark Warner led a bipartisan effort to introduce the Kidney Health Connect Act which would allow dialysis clinics to act as originating sites for telehealth services.

The bill was cosponsored by Sen. John Barrasso M.D. (R-WY) and Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Dan Kildee (D-MI), John Joyce M.D. (R-PA), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE).

The legislation also removes a 20% facility fee coinsurance obligation for patients utilizing telehealth services at the clinic.

This will help patients avoid additional costs and keep initial costs lower.

This effort is in addition to a 2018 initiative which expanded telehealth to home dialysis.

Warner originally co-sponsored a bill in 2016 which was reintroduced in 2021 advocating for telehealth to ease access to healthcare.

To view a copy of the bill, click here.

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VA. High School Students have a chance for STEM-H scholarships

In an email from Gov. Northam it was announced that high school students who identify as female can enter an essay contest for a scholarship.

It’s the eleventh annual science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and healthcare essay contest.

The contest was created by the Virginia Council on Women to encourage women to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers which became STEM-H last year to include healthcare and this year includes the arts.

In its tenth year the council was able to award $200,000 in scholarships.

The eleventh contest will award one merit-based and one need-based scholarship in five geographic regions of the Commonwealth.

Merit-based will be awarded based on the quality of the essay submitted.

The need-based will be awarded on the quality of the essay and the individuals self identified financial need.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022.

Applications and qualifications for the contest can be found here.

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Healthcare consolidates in Page County

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Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital Family and Internal Medicine have consolidated.

Respiratory care returns to the facility as well.

The consolidation creates one Valley Health provider group in Luray specializing in family and internal medicine.

Consolidating on site laboratory services and access to hospital based imaging and services all under one roof.

Walk ins have resumed with new patients welcome with extended hours provided as well.

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