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First lady calls on governors to ‘designate child welfare staff as first responders’ in coronavirus response efforts

On Monday, Melania Trump joined her first governors briefing to discuss continued coronavirus response efforts.

In attendance were approximately 50 governors and their spouses, as well as the president, vice president, and the rest of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

In addition to plans to reopen and the development of a vaccine, the first lady brought attention to the pillars of her Be Best campaign as the administration aims to continue its partnership with states in tackling the country’s health crisis.

“As we begin to safely reopen our country and adjust to new changes in our daily lives, I invite you to join the conversation about mental health and how we can partner with each of your states to support all Americans – especially children,” Melania stated.

During May’s National Mental Health Awareness Month, Melania has taken steps encouraging Americans to utilize the guidance and best practices provided by the administration.

“Whether in quarantine or on the front lines of the fight against the virus, many Americans, including children, are experiencing an increase in anxiety, depression, loneliness, isolation and fear. Children need the support of healthy, caring adults who can help them understand the changes in the world around them as we begin to safely reopen our country.”

The first lady also called on governors to “designate child welfare staff as first responders so that these critical workers have access to Personal Protective Equipment when face-to-face intervention is needed to protect a child’s physical health during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Vice President Mike Pence took to Twitter following the meeting, writing, “Discussed reopening guidelines, promising progress towards a vaccine & the decisive action our Administration has taken to treat mental health & provide resources for child welfare.”

To read more regarding Monday’s briefing, click here.

Photo Credit: Melania Trump / Twitter

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