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ENG: Donna Marie Christian-Christensen, formerly Donna Christian-Green (born September 19, 1945), is the non-voting Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives. Biography Early life Donna Christian-Christensen was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, the daughter of a county judge. She attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and earned an M.D. She interned at San Francisco's Pacific Medical Center and performed her residency at Howard University medical center. Career Donna Christian-Christensen worked as a physician, first in the emergency room and later in the maternity ward. She then served as medical director for the St. Croix Hospital in St. ...
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Christensen Announces Deadline for CBCF Congr. Internships

The deadline to apply for the summer session of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Congressional Internship Program is March 22,according to a press release from the Office of the V.I. Congressional Delegate. The 2012 summer session is slated for May 27 to July 28. The nine-week summer program offers college students from across the nation the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. Interns work in CBC member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. The ...

Christensen, Waxman Urge Fed Analysis of Hovensa Closure

Delegate Donna Christensen (D-USVI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) are calling on the U.S. Energy Information Administration to analyze the closing of the Hovensa oil refinery on St. Croix, according to Christensen's office. In a letter to the agency, Christensen and Waxman -- Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee -- expressed concern about the decision to idle refining capacity in St. Croix, "as it would surely impact the supply of petroleum products and lead to increased energy prices for consumers in the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the Gulf and East Coast regions," ...

St. Croix: “An Economic Earthquake”

Politic365 Managing Editor Charles D. Ellison talks with Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D), an eight-term delegate representing the United States Virgin Islands, about the recent closure of the HOVENSA oil refinery on St. Croix, the island’s largest private employer. Christensen described the event as an “economic earthquake” as it will leave nearly 2,000 workers jobless, a crippling economic blow to the territories with a population of nearly 110,000. Virgin Islands Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan predicts St. Croix’s unemployment rate will soar to nearly 20% after ...

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Frederiksted Health Center, Inc. Receives US Health and Human Services Funding
(Washington, DC – September 22, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen is pleased to announce that Frederiksted Health Care, Inc.  is the recipient of a $204,350 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) aimed at expanded services. This grant is part of the Health Care Cluster grant program and is considered supplemental funding. The objective of this grant is to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in health centers funded under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, including expanding the current safety net on a national basis by creating new access point and supporting expanded service at existing health centers. For more information about this grant, please contact the Frederiksted Health Care Center, Ingeborg Nesbitt Clinic. ###  
Christensen Calls for State of Emergency at GJFLH: Coordinating Federal Aid to Help JFL Weather Crisis
(Washington, DC – September 22, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen described the ongoing situation at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center as “heart wrenching” as she repeated her earlier calls for the Governor to declare a state of emergency at the hospital. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) has said they will pull certification of the Medicare program, which funds hospital care for the elderly who have no insurance.   Congresswoman Christensen wanted to assure the public that despite criticisms leveled at the hospital, most patients get good care from a caring and competent staff.  “While the issues outlined in the report must be addressed, I believe that the Luis Hospital staff is committed to the community that they serve, and they more than anyone else want to see the problems fixed.”  Prior to departing for Washington DC to convene a series of meetings in the hope of preventing the financial insolvency of St. Croix’s only
V.I. Department of Education Awarded $745, 384 in Funding
(Washington, DC – September 22, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen congratulates the Virgin Islands Department of Education on being awarded $745,384 in U.S. Department of Education funds to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for students. This funding is part of the Fiscal Year 2014 New Awards for the School Climate Transformation Grant- Local Educational Agency Grants Program – which is among several that are designed to work together to help make school safer, as well as working on improving mental health services for students and young adults. The program was conceptualized in the President’s 2013 “Now is the Time” comprehensive plan.  The goal of the program is to provide competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support and technical assistance to schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for
Christensen – CMS Open to Talks About Medicare Cessation at JFL
(Washington, DC – September 18, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said this evening after meeting with officials from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C. that there is room for further discussions that may resolve the emergency situation at the Juan Luis Hospital on St. Croix. “I made it clear that we cannot afford to have the funds that take care of our elderly who have no insurance terminated,” Congresswoman Christensen said. “We believe that the JFL and the Government of the Virgin Islands should challenge this decision, which would seriously hurt our most vulnerable citizens.” “While the crisis is not yet averted, I have been assured that going forward there will be discussions to see if there can be some actions that can avert the cessation of funds,” she said. “I know that Dr. Griffith and his entire staff have worked diligently to meet the conditions set by CMS, but with limited resources, in a time of

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