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News from the Office of Minority Health, March 2014

Office of Minority Health

 

News from the Office of Minority Health

03/11/2014

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Lydia SermonsDear Colleagues and Partners,

 

I’m pleased to announce that Lydia Sermons, MA, has joined the Office of Minority Health as the Director of the Division of Information and Education. She will lead the Office of Minority Health's public affairs, spearheading health outreach and awareness initiatives and partnerships, and will oversee the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC).

 

Lydia’s distinguished career of service includes senior communications positions at the White House, in federal and local government, and in the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation. Her private sector work includes serving as a Senior Vice President at the Washington, DC, office of Fenton Communications, where she was a member of the senior management and the Healthcare Practice teams, and she also worked on African American, economic justice, civil rights and voting rights issues. As a Vice President at the DC-based public relations firm Walker Marchant Group, Lydia was a member of the senior management team and worked on health and litigation communications issues. As Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association, Lydia led the creation and launch of APA’s legacy public information campaign “Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives.” She has also held positions as Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and as Public Relations Manager for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Lydia’s public sector work includes serving as Press Secretary at the White House for President Bill Clinton’s One America: The President's Initiative on Race; as Communications Director for former District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams and also for the U.S. Treasury Department; and as the first Press Secretary for Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah. At the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office in Savannah, GA, she established the organization’s first-ever press office in her role as Public Information Officer.


Prior to her public relations career, Lydia served as a producer for several television network affiliates, WCAU-TV 10 in Philadelphia, PA, and WTNH-TV 8 in New Haven, CT. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Temple University and Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. 


Please join me in welcoming Lydia to the Office of Minority Health! 

 

Sincerely,
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

Director, Office of Minority Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

 

Minority Youth Affordable Care Act Infocards Now Available for Download

03/13/2014

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Dear colleagues and partners,

Young adults have one of the highest uninsured rates. More specifically, racial and ethnic minority populations are uninsured at a much higher rate than the overall U.S. population. While many young adults don’t believe they need health insurance, others may simply be unaware of the options available to help them obtain health care coverage. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH) is launching a campaign to inspire young adults from communities of color to explore their health care options and to sign up for health coverage through Healthcare.gov before enrollment ends on March 31st . 

The campaign, which consist of four infocards that can be shared on social media is a supplemental resource to existing HHS materials to promote coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The infocards were designed to convey relatable messages, through humor and vivid imagery of multi-ethnic and multi-racial young adults (Asian American and Pacific Islander, Native American, Latino, and African American) on the importance of health care coverage.  

OMH encourages health care stakeholders, community partners and young adults to share the infocards with their communities to help boost efforts to increase enrollment for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act by March 31st.

For more information on the ACA and the social media infocards, please contact the Office of Minority Health at 1-800-444-6472, or by e-mail at info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov. Visit the Office of Minority Health website to view and download the infocards.

National AAPI Enrollment Week of Action Google+ Hangout - March 19 at 5pm ET

03/14/2014

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National AAPI Enrollment Week of Action Google+ Hangout!

Please join the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as community leaders from across the country on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5 PM ET for our National AAPI Enrollment Week of Action Google+ Hangout!

Approximately 1.9 million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) are projected to benefit from new options for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  With the open enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ending on March 31, 2014, many are still unaware of the health coverage options available to them through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

We invite you to join Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health (HHS), Meena Seshamani, Deputy Director in the Office of Health Reform, and community leaders as they answer your #ACA questions.  Please join us so you can learn more about the opportunities to improve the health of the AAPI community and find out how to #GetCovered by March 31, 2014.  The Google+ Hangout will be moderated by Gautam Raghavan from the White House Office of Public Engagement with support from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Please submit your #ACA questions for the Google+ Hangout to the Office of Minority Health at info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov by Tuesday, March 18, 2014 and join the conversation on March 19, 2014 at 5 PM ET.

DATE:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TIME:  5 PM ET (2 PM PT) 

LINK: http://bit.ly/AAPIWeekofAction