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Addressing Poverty Today Among Those Facing Significant Social and Economic Challenges for a Healthier, Successful Tomorrow
Addressing Poverty Today Among Those Facing Significant Social and Economic Challenges for a Healthier, Successful Tomorrow At the Administration for Children and Families, we help to promote the social and economic well-being of millions who are struggling to get into the middle class. ACF administers more than 60 programs that include family assistance, Head Start, child welfare and other programs for families and children.
Our efforts to help lift people out of poverty got extra help from the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. This bold new legislation created comprehensive health insurance reforms that will take full effect in 2014. The law also provided crucial funding for health programs to help most in need and served by ACF programs.
The Affordable Care Act funds:
Anticipating this growth, the Affordable Care Act gave ACF’s Office of Family Assistance funding for 32 HPOG programs throughout the nation. Grantees that educate this future workforce partner with community organizations to enhance supportive services for Health Profession Opportunity Grant students, such as transportation, dependent care and temporary housing.
As you can see below, for many of these future medical professionals, this opportunity is a second chance at life. Luz Torres was out of a job, living out of a car and couldn’t provide for her family of four in the Seattle-area — until a Food Bank worker referred the young Latina to an HPOG program administered in Washington state.
Quinton Sanders dropped of out of high school to take care of his elderly grandmother. Having no diploma or career prospects, the African-American teenager was determined not to become another statistic and sought help from a South Carolina works program that showed him a pathway to self sufficiency.
Van Dinh Kuno, a former Vietnamese immigrant, is able to help other new citizens fulfill their American Dream on a regular basis. Kuno’s Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest center has successfully placed 50 HPOG students in good paying jobs with full benefits since 2011.
ACF is working hard with communities of color to help promote these great opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act. For more HPOG success stories, visit the HPOG Community.
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The NPA works to achieve health equity -- the highest level of health for all people. This blog is a venue for professionals from all fields and sectors to share their thoughts on pressing issues, news and events pertaining to health equity. Follow and participate in this candid discussion.
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George L. Askew, M.D., F.A.A.P., serves as the first chief medical officer for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role he provides expert advice and consultation to the assistant secretary for children and families on the development of plans, programs, policies, and initiatives that address the health needs and strengths of vulnerable children and families.
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