White House seeks new healthcare champion

One in four Korean Americans is uninsured. Nearly 40 percent of Asian American women over the age of 40 don’t get routine mammograms. One in four Asian Americans over the age of 18 — and one in three Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders — have not seen a doctor in the last year.

These are numbers from The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which is calling for nominations of an individual or organization to be a “White House Champion of Change” in its work to educate AAPIs on the Affordable Care Act.

There are three categories of nominations:

Educators, Assisters, and Navigators — individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to educate, assist, and enroll AAPI individuals and families. Their efforts have helped AAPIs understand the Affordable Care Act and ensured that they benefit from this historic law.

Emerging Community Leaders — individuals and organizations focused on emerging communities, for example, small, rural, and newly immigrated AAPI communities. These leaders have gone the extra step to ensure that limited English proficient, newly arrived immigrant and refugee families, and AAPI individuals in locations without access to navigators can learn about and enroll in health insurance plans.

Expert Communicators — individuals who have developed top-notch outreach and communication strategies to ensure that AAPIs can read, hear, and learn about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Their communications strategies included activities, such as developing in-language resources, developing written, oral, and media-friendly materials, and working with community groups, faith communities, and ethnic media to reach AAPI communities across the country.

Nominations should include descriptions of the individuals and communities that the nominee has helped, providing as much detail as possible and highlighting the best practices they used to be creative, effective, and impactful in their Affordable Care Act education, outreach, enrollment, and/or communication efforts. (end)

For more information, see http://www.whitehouse.gov//blog/2014/02/12/nominate-white-house-champion-change-aapi-affordable-care-act-outreach.

Nominations are due by Feb. 26.

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