Remediation Testing

Doctor’s Note: Remediation Testing     As a parent, I was fortunate that my daughter was ready for college classes the day she received her high school diploma. But many students in Virginia aren’t, with as many as 46% of those enrolling in Virginia Community Colleges after earning a standard diploma having [...]

By | 2018-02-12T20:09:41+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Remediation Testing

Let Doctors Decide

Doctor’s Note: Let Doctors Decide The management of illness is complicated. For some conditions we use chemicals that can be best described as poison as we attempt to kill invaders like cancer. For cancer and many chronic illnesses, it can be almost impossible to find the right interventions that help that patient [...]

By | 2018-02-12T20:09:57+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Let Doctors Decide

Human Trafficking Hotline

Doctor’s Note: Human Trafficking Hotline The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. When I first started learning about human trafficking, I assumed, like most people, that it was girls [...]

By | 2018-02-12T20:11:11+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Human Trafficking Hotline

Dunnavant Introduces Reforms to Virginia’s Higher Education System

PRESS RELEASE: Dunnavant Introduces Reforms to Virginia’s Higher Education System RICHMOND – Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R-12) today announced proposed reforms to Virginia’s two-year and four-year higher education systems to increase affordability, reduce time to graduation and streamline enrollment. The legislation would ensure core curriculum credits at all community colleges are standardized, interchangeable [...]

By | 2018-08-07T19:07:32+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dunnavant Introduces Reforms to Virginia’s Higher Education System

ED Care Coordination

ED Care Coordination SB 1561 has passed through both the House and Senate and now awaits the Governor’s signature. I am excited because this legislation exemplifies how innovation and private sector enterprise can be applied to state-administered health care, which in turn improves healthcare quality and lowers costs. Emergency Department (ED) Care Coordination helps [...]

By | 2017-03-08T21:07:21+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Remembering Barbara Johns

Remembering Barbara Johns  This morning we dedicated one of our newly renovated state buildings to an incredible Virginian, Barbara Johns. Additionally, I am happy to announce that April 23 will now be known as Barbara Johns Day in Virginia. If you do not already know, Barbara Johns was one of the pivotal [...]

By | 2017-02-23T19:53:04+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update on Virginia’s Opiate Crisis

Update on Virginia's Opiate Crisis   February 23, 2017 Last week, the Board of Medicine adopted emergency regulations on best prescribing for opiates, which you can read more about here. This morning, the Governor began signing into law the legislation from the opiate intervention package. This is not a partisan issue, and [...]

By | 2017-04-17T19:37:39+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Education Savings Accounts & Virtual Schools

Doctor’s Note: Education Savings Accounts & Virtual Schools   Education is the single most important tool that helps an individual seize opportunity and achieve their potential, regardless of where they started. Coupled with ingenuity and determination it is the means of achieving the American Dream. For this reason, I consider education a [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:30:13+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FGM International Day of Zero Tolerance

Doctor’s Note: FGM International Day of Zero Tolerance   This week we recognize February 6th as International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Senator Dick Black and I are sponsoring legislation that will deter this practice and make it not only a Class 1 Misdemeanor, but also subject to [...]

By | 2018-09-18T21:15:38+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Day in the Life

Doctor’s Note: A Day in the Life   What does a typical day or week during Session look like for me? 5:00am – I am up and at it, reading through my electronic docket for the day. This is a database we use to keep track of constituent contact, bill information, and [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:30:35+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Opiate Crisis

Doctor’s Note: Opiate Crisis     Today, I want to address the ongoing opiate crisis in Virginia. 75 percent of opiate addictions start with a prescription from a medical provider. With the best intentions to relieve pain, the medical community has contributed to creating this horrible crisis. Data suggests that opiates are not [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:29:23+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Advance Directives

Doctor’s Note: Advance Directives   Amazing technology exists within the field of medicine. Medicine can help the miracle that is the human body heal; however, when the body is no longer able to heal, medical interventions can inflict more suffering. When a family member is gravely ill, it can be hard to [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:29:33+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Substance-Exposed Infant Awareness

Doctor’s Note: Substance-Exposed Infant Awareness I am deeply concerned with the opioid addiction crisis in Virginia. This epidemic is real and everywhere across the Commonwealth, even in the newborn nursery. In the past year alone, there has been a 21% increase in the number of children exposed to drugs in utero. It’s [...]

By | 2018-09-18T21:17:47+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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