Letter: Angela Mitchell, Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls

Editor: Loudoun women are struggling to access health care. Why?

Women are more likely to have persisted through the pandemic without recommended preventative health care compared to men, according to national data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. This disparity illustrates just one of the many ways that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women and girls. 

The Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls is determined to understand how our local women and girls are experiencing the impact of COVID-19 and to identify solutions to support an equitable economic recovery customized to Loudoun County.

Preliminary findings from LCWAG’s winter survey indicate that access to health care is among the top three unmet needs of Loudoun women, alongside child care support and workforce support. One in three of the nearly 400 local women surveyed reported having one or more unmet needs.

A new survey is underway and all women ages 18 and older who reside in Loudoun County are asked to provide their feedback at: LCWAG.org/survey.

The new survey hopes to understand what programs and targeted supports are most in demand locally. The online survey is estimated to take 5-10 minutes, and must be submitted by May 21 at 5 p.m. 

Angela Mitchell, Chair

Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls

2 thoughts on “Letter: Angela Mitchell, Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls

  • 2021-05-18 at 9:48 am
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    Are you out of your mind? I would like to have a McMansion for $1/yr, have somebody raise my children for $2/month, and free health care? Are my “needs” unmet?

    There is no universe in which 1 out of 3 women in Loudoun has “unmet needs”. They may have unmet wants, unwillingness to pay their fair share for services, or unfulfilled fantasy luxuries. But when you publish such nonsense, you make a mockery out of yourself and your fellow members.

    • 2021-05-18 at 1:06 pm
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      I too find screeds such as this bordering on the offensive.
      Needs and Wants are truly two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS.

      Are there people in desperate need? Yes, absolutely. Every race. Every sex. Every age. They might have overwhelming medical bills. Or face a violent domestic partner. Or have children with severe developmental issues.

      Those are desperate NEEDS.

      Good grief.

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