Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry represents California’s 4th Assembly District, which includes all or parts of Napa, Lake, Yolo, Sonoma, Colusa and Solano counties. Aguiar-Curry is on the Committee of Health. She is also chair of the Local Government Committee. In this Q&A, Aguiar-Curry discusses rural health care, COVID-19, the 2021 session, and bridging the digital divide.
The ongoing COVID pandemic has laid bare the massive gaps in internet connectivity at sufficient speeds for too many Californians. As more families have struggled to conduct distance learning, virtual work, access telehealth services and safeguard small business participation in the virtual marketplace, the need to connect the State at sufficient speeds with adaptable technology has reached crisis proportion.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry have been working with county officials to ensure rural Californians are not left behind in coronavirus testing deserts as the state boosts the number of testing sites.
Currently, there are over 700,000 Californians who still aren’t within an hour’s drive of a testing site after a commitment was made by the state that all Californians will be within a one hour drive of a site. This is unacceptable to both the Assembly member and senator.
A new law proposed by a Yolo County assembly member would provide the Human Papillomavirus vaccine to those enrolled in the California Family Planning, Action, Care and Treatment Program.
The Family PACT Program covers all residents of a state who are of childbearing age or those who are able to get someone pregnant. Enrollees must also be below 200% of the federal poverty line.
For a family of three, 200% of the poverty line would be an annual income of $43,440. There are an estimated 1.1 million Californians registered in the program.
California Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry credits her success to a few pointers from her father, who taught high school leadership classes in Winters. “Always look people in the eye when you shake their hand, always thank the hostess at a party for inviting you,” she recites from memory. “Ultimately, that’s what got me into doing public service: making sure I respected people and listened to people all along the way.”
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SACRAMENTO — Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, and Eloise Reyes, D- San Bernardino, introduced two bills last week to protect, support, and welcome refugees in California, according to a news release from Aguiar-Curry’s office.
Authored by Aguiar-Curry, Assembly Bill 3133 codifies California’s commitment to resettling refugees as part of the United States Reception and Placement program, and specifically prohibits discrimination of a refugee anywhere in California on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation, her office said.
SACRAMENTO — Assembly members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) and Eloise Reyes (D- San Bernardino) introduced Assembly Bill 3133 and Assembly Bill 3134 on Friday, together on the floor of the State Assembly to show their partnership in the fight to protect, support and welcome refugees in California. The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing violence, conflict or instability and California has actively received newly arrived refugees since 1980.
Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry represents a district that stretches from Rohnert Park to Lake Pillsbury and almost all the way to the state Capitol in Sacramento. There are midsized cities and rural areas, affluent neighborhoods and some of California's poorest communities.
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Proposes Innovative Children’s Mental Health Access Network to Bring Care to All Kids in California
SACRAMENTO— On Wednesday, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) introduced Assembly Bill 2464, which creates and funds the establishment of a Children’s Mental Health Access Network to ensure that all California doctors and allied health professionals caring for youth have access to specialty mental healthcare services, regardless of their location. Many children and adolescents’ mental health needs could be effectively managed in a primary care setting, but their pediatric primary care providers currently lack the specialized training and resources they need. This bill utilizes existing health technology and collaboration between providers to solve the problem.
“Too many of our children are in crisis, and the lack of trained mental health professionals is an enormous contributor,” said Aguiar-Curry. “We must continue efforts to recruit and train new specialty mental health professionals, but we must also act now to connect children’s primary care providers with mental health experts. By using telehealth and provider-to-provider consultation, we can make children’s mental health services accessible throughout California today.”
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Two bills revolving around Alzheimer’s disease were introduced to the Assembly on Monday with the hope of helping patients find out if they have the disease early and what more they can do about it.
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