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November 2020
WPF Happenings

Monthly Program Meeting
November 11, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Yvette M. Wingate, MPA
Health Equity Coordinator
Tarrant County Public Health

Virtual Via Zoom

Board of Directors Meeting
November 18, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Meeting via Zoom

News & Networking
November 12, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 p.m,
Post-Election Discussion
Meeting via Zoom

President's Pen


Wow!  2020 has been a year.  Where has the year gone?  A few closing bits of business remain for the year. Outstanding business includes both the election of officers and directors for the Forum and for the WPF Foundation, a review of proposals for next year’s budget, membership proposals and strategic planning for our organization. 
This time of the year also brings appreciation for the AMAZING administrative team that work every day to make our organization the best that it can be!  Please join me in thanking Pam Anderson, Hope Caldwell and Susan Wilcox for their leadership and expertise! 
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I hope you will begin this month with an “attitude of gratitude” for the many opportunities shared with members, friends and family.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve this wonderful organization and for the support and friendships extended from you, its members. The year brought outstanding monthly luncheon programs, a successful Seventh Annual Symposium; and social distance among us all.  I look forward to 2021 as we celebrate the end of COVID and our focus on reconnecting with each other.
November, with Election Day and Veterans Day, traditionally brings opportunities to express your views on issues you care about. And as an organization we have endeavored to focus on topics of interest to our members.  Our most recent event, the 7th Annual Symposium exemplified our focus on healthcare both personal and professional.  Thank you, Karmen Rubin and your committee members, for this wonderful gift to our membership and to the community!
This month’s program meeting speaker is Yvette M. Wingate, MPA, Health Equity Coordinator for Tarrant County Health, who will focus on COVID-19 .  Thank you to Cathy Holt, Program Chair, for her hard work this year in securing such expert speakers on very timely topics!  I hope each of you will reach out to other women leaders, invite them to join us for our final program focused luncheon (next month is our holiday party) and encourage them to apply for membership in Women's Policy Forum. 

As we close the year, the Board of Directors and staff are looking at infrastructure additions to add value to your membership.  Stay tuned for additional details. With an attitude of gratitude, I send you my very best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!

Linda Garcia
Monthly Program Meeting

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Yvette M. Wingate, MPA
Health Equity Coordinator
Tarrant County Public Health

COVID-19 and the Impact on Tarrant County:
Addressing Health Equity Issues 

A Virtual Event

There is no cost to attend but please register here to receive the Zoom link. Guests are welcome but must be registered to receive the Zoom link.


News & Networking


News & Networking is an opportunity for members to gather together to discuss news, trends & timely topics after hours in a relaxed, non-formal setting. If you have difficulty making our noon time policy program, News & Networking may be for you.

Post-election discussion led by Dana Burghdoff
Wednesday, November 12, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine and log in to this virtual meeting!
There is no cost but please RSVP
here to receive the log-in link.

2020 Emerging Issues Symposium
Thank you to Karmen Rubin, 2020 Symposium Chair, and her tireless committee for their hard work and dedication to ensure that this year's Emerging Issues Symposium, The Changing FACE of Healthcare, was one of the best ever.  Faced with the difficult decision about whether to host a live event, Karmen and her committee chose to host a virtual event and to maintain quality by engaging the services of a professional production studio.

If you weren't able to attend the event, or if you'd just like to see it again, you can access a recording here.
Members in the News

Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for another excellent article!
Other News & Announcements
Tarrant County is No Refusal all the time. That means drivers pulled over for suspected impaired driving who refuse to take a routine breath test will be subject to a court-ordered blood test instead. This program began as a special effort launched around holidays when people were most likely to drink and drive.

Now, No Refusal is in effect 365 days a year across Tarrant County and in all of its 41 cities. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies have access to expedited judicial warrants and centralized blood-draw locations.

“Times have changed,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in late October. “In the past, we focused on specific weekends. Drinking and driving is a full-time challenge. Our police chiefs agree it is best for our community and the safety of our citizens to be No Refusal all the time.

“We are committed to arresting and prosecuting those who put others in danger when they decide to drink and drive,” she said. “We are committed to getting them off the streets every day of the year.” Last year, there were 6,001 misdemeanor and felony cases of driving while intoxicated filed in Tarrant County courts. The goal is to dramatically reduce that number.

A first offense of DWI is a Class B misdemeanor, which comes with a fine of as much as $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail.

Do you know a trailblazer who is leading the way when it comes to improving the lives of women and girls across Texas?

Each spring, Texas Women’s Foundation recognizes game changers who are creating a path for others to follow via the Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards.
The deadline to submit is November 13.  CLICK HERE to find out more.
Tarrant Area Food Bank COVID-19 Response
As the pandemic escalates in Texas, so too does the unprecedented rise in hunger. As people are laid off and unemployment checks hang in the balance, the uncertainty has prompted many Texans to seek food assistance for the first time. Feeding Texas reported that the percentage of food insecure families has doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full article HERE.
Join our Facebook Page
Women's Policy Forum has a public Facebook page and a Facebook group for members only.  Only members will see posts on the Facebook group site. This is an opportunity for you to let members know of upcoming events, provide links to articles about important issues, or provide other information valuable to WPF members.  Members must have a Facebook page, which is free, to participate.
Send news or announcements to Pam Anderson by the 20th of the month.  Submissions are subject to the guidelines for posting per the WPF Social Media Policy and must be received by the 20th of the month in order to be considered.

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 The Women's Policy Forum is an organization of influential women
who investigate and support policies
and initiatives that will effect
positive change for Tarrant County women and our community.

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