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State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has been selected to receive the 2016 Public Health Practice Excellence Award by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Programs. The Akron lawmaker will be recognized by the consortium for her public service efforts to improve health outcomes for Ohio communities at a ceremony in Cleveland on June 12, 2016.  

“From our high infant mortality rate to the growing opioid addiction crisis, Ohio faces serious challenges to our public health. However, through greater education, collaboration and commonsense states policies, I am confident that we can help improve health outcomes for communities across the state,” said Sykes. 

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Fri, Jun 10, 2016

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill (HB) 392, legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. The bill, sponsored by Democratic freshman State Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati), will allow victims of domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker. 

If enacted, HB 392 will close a loophole in existing state law that leaves thousands of Ohioans without recourse in the event of domestic violence. Ohio only defines domestic violence as occurring between spouses, family members, those cohabiting, or parents. People in ongoing, substantial, intimate and romantic relationships are not included in Ohio’s definition. 

“The most dangerous moment for a victim of domestic violence is when they try to separate from their abuser,” said Sykes. “By modernizing Ohio’s domestic violence laws to include individuals in serious dating relationships, we can help victims in any abusive relationship access the recourse they need to end the cycle of violence.” 

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Wed, May 25, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today joined the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP), Akron Councilwoman Veronica Sims and area families to raise awareness about the importance of bike helmet safety as a part of Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week at the Helen Arnold Community Learning Center. 

“As young children first learn to ride a bicycle, it is essential that we teach them the importance of wearing a bike helmet for protection,” said Sykes. “I was proud to partner with the Ohio AAP to promote Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week and help our children learn how to have fun and stay safe when riding a bike in their neighborhood.” 

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Fri, May 13, 2016

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today called on Governor John Kasich to veto House Bill 180, saying the legislation to ban local hiring goals will disproportionately harm African American workers and minority communities while jeopardizing infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. 

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Thu, May 12, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced her recent appointment to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health (OCMH). As a board member, Sykes will work to support the commission’s efforts to address health disparities among minority populations, including the infant mortality rate for African Americans. According to the Ohio Department of Health, African American babies die at roughly twice the rate of white babies in Ohio.

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Tue, Apr 26, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), the lead Democratic member on the Health and Human Services House budget panel, today joined House Democratic lawmakers to file a formal protest with the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), opposing proposed restrictions and additional barriers to healthcare for working poor Ohioans. 

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Thu, Apr 21, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced several important community projects will receive state support through the recently introduced capital budget. The release of nearly $5 million in state funds will help improve local infrastructure, revitalize art exhibitions and expand workforce development.  

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Fri, Apr 15, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the introduction of House Bill 514, legislation aimed at reducing Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. The bill will require health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency in order to receive or renew their license, certification or registration. 

“Requiring cultural competency training will help health care professionals better communicate with their patients, and in turn help reduce Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality rate,” said Sykes. “This legislation is a good first step to ensuring Ohio babies can live happier, healthier lives.”

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Tue, Apr 12, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today reacted to Governor Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta.

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Wed, Apr 6, 2016

With just over $350 million worth of state road construction planned in the Akron area this summer, State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today reminded drivers to slow down when traveling through construction zones. Last year, there were over 6,000 crashes in Ohio construction zones, resulting in 1,000 injuries and 30 fatalities.

“The upcoming highway construction projects, especially that realignment of the I-76 interchange, will be a major boost to our local economy and will greatly enhance the quality of life for motorists in Akron,” said Sykes. “I want to remind drivers to approach construction zones with caution in order to maintain safety for both themselves and the hard working construction professionals.”



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Mon, Apr 4, 2016