Children and Families

It is important to provide all children and families access to a quality, affordable education and healthcare to help them secure a prosperous future. As a member of Congress, I have championed for legislation that makes it easier for Americans to balance work and family responsibilities, expands support for foster youth care, and serves the needs of children with special behavioral health needs and/or medical disabilities. I also firmly believe that assisting families in their pursuit of higher education is critical for our nation’s growth and success.

More on Children and Families

February 8, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced two significant medical research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive $459,656 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for immunotherapy research. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive $406,501 from the National Cancer Institute for research on medulloblastomas.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 26, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a grant of $1,147,312 for emergency protective measures related to COVID-19 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In response to the ongoing pandemic, St. Jude has had to take extra precautions since all its patients are considered high-risk due to underlying health conditions or treatments which cause immune system compromise.

January 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today condemned the Trump administration’s politicization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Delivery of surplus agricultural products through the food box program designed to help needy families has included messages claiming credit from President Trump.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 14, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) has written to President-Elect Joe Biden to express his concern over the Trump Administration’s misguided decision to allow Tennessee to fund its Medicaid program, known as TennCare, through a block grant. In his letter, Congressman Cohen asks that the new Biden Administration reverse the decision to prevent unnecessary hardship for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

January 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $410,606 grant from the National Cancer Institute for research on the biology of cancer.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 8, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to allow Tennessee to operate its Medicaid program through a block grant, jeopardizing health care coverage for residents covered by the state’s version of Medicaid known as TennCare. Congressman Cohen has been a harsh critic of the state’s plan to use a block grant to fund TennCare and has written both state and federal officials to voice his strong opposition to the proposal.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 5, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $538,500 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for research on immune signaling and stress response.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased to announce this important research grant to St. Jude, which is sure to improve health outcomes and advance our knowledge in immunology.”

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January 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies through Outreach and Research Now (NEWBORN) Act to help address America’s unacceptably high infant mortality rate with concrete solutions.  If enacted, the bill would create infant mortality-focused pilot programs in the highest-risk areas of the country to help those most in need address this devastating crisis.

 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

December 28, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $733,558 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for research on sickle cell disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Sickle cell disease disproportionately affects Black Americans, and I’m pleased St. Jude’s researchers’ and scientists’ efforts will continue to advance the important work being done to understand and eventually eradicate this disease.”

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December 22, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Shelby County Schools have received a $1,847,530 grant from the Department of Homeland Security and its Federal Emergency Management Agency to construct a safe room at Belle Forest High School. The grant will go toward the design and construction of a tornado safe room on the campus of Belle Forest High School. When school is in session, the safe room will be able to protect 1,187 students and 118 staff members of the school, for a total of 1,305 occupants.