May 18, 2011

Lund Family Center Staff in Washington, D.C.

Posted in Employees, Project Family, Residential at 2:31 pm by Lund

By Sarah Hoffert, M.Ed.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Outreach Specialist

I recently attended the Center for Health and Gender Equity’s “Healthy Future Action Summit on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Summit” where four Vermonters and 20 national participants worked on a three-day advocacy and international reproductive health and rights training. Team Vermont met with Senators Leahy and Sanders and Representative Welch’s staffers to thank them and ask for continued support for international family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention, and maternal health funding and evidence-based policies when it comes to international sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Congressman Welch’s office had a giant cabinet filled with Vermont staples like Ben and Jerry’s pints, Long Trail Ale stickers, and a framed thank you letter from Lund Family Center for nominating LFC for an “Angels In Adoption” award—front and center in his office!  Both Senators Leahy and Sander’s staffers referred directly to the work LFC was doing to support women and girls in Vermont during our meeting. I felt so proud to be a member of such a lauded Vermont non-profit agency

The staffers were originally from Middlebury, Underhill, and the Lake Champlain region—some attended college in state; one went to college in Ohio, and he seemed just as versed in LFC’s work. It was such a proud moment to witness LFC’s strong presence in our Senators and Representative’s DC offices! The summit engaged highly motivated advocates from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, and Nevada to Washington, D.C. for an in-depth, three-day training on comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, advocacy, and U.S. foreign policy. With colleagues from around the U.S., participants discussed the elements and advantages of a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health care while building their understanding of key global issues and strengthening their advocacy knowledge and skills. Participants also had the opportunity to network with women’s health and rights organizations and leaders in Washington.

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