Adele has seen first-hand how the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the inequities built into our system of healthcare. She will work hard to make quality healthcare more accessible and equitable. As a member of the Arlington Community Services Board, Adele has also been a strong advocate for increased services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and mental health challenges. The mental health bed crisis that Virginia experienced this summer has cemented the need for more community-based mental health services. As Delegate, Adele will add valuable experience and perspective to the conversation surrounding the transformation of the Commonwealth's mental health system. Adele has also dedicated her service-first career towards expanding access and affordability of health insurance and primary care for the most vulnerable Virginians. As Delegate, Adele will fight tirelessly not only to protect the progress that has been made in expanding Medicaid access, but build upon it to ensure that newly-eligible Virginians can more easily access a primary care physician, specialists, and life-saving treatments and procedures. Adele will stand up to the powerful insurance lobby to ensure Virginia's system of health-care delivery is driven by patient needs, and not corporate bottom lines.
Finally, Adele will stand as an immovable force to protect the reproductive rights of birthing persons in the Commonwealth against any regulatory or legislative intrusion from the newly-elected Republican administration. Abortion is healthcare, and a birthing person's right to bodily autonomy is fundamental. Adele will strongly support enshrining this right in the Virginia Constitution. She understands the significance of the fight to come and is ready to leverage all of her experience as an advocate to protect these sovereign rights.