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AAPCHO Attends President Obama’s First Health Care Reform Summit

March 6, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
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slavilla@aapcho.org

White House Forum Includes Association of Community Health Centers Serving Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders

Oakland, CA – March 6, 2009- President Obama met with 120 health care leaders yesterday, including Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations’ (AAPCHO) executive director Jeffrey Caballero, to officially begin the work of comprehensively reforming health care as promised during his campaign.

Calling the skyrocketing cost of health care the “greatest threat to America’s fiscal health”, President Obama rallied invited participants from across the spectrum—democrats and republicans, health insurance and health care providers, businesses and labor unions, and community advocates—to engage in a focused but open-minded exchange of ideas on how to reduce health care costs, increase coverage, and improve quality.

AAPCHO, a national association of community health centers (CHCs) serving medically underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders (AA & NHOPIs), was one of two national organizations representing AA & NHOPI populations at the summit.

“Yesterday’s historic forum truly represented a shift in our political landscape, and I came away revitalized with hope that this time things will be different, ” said Jeffrey Caballero of AAPCHO. “And along with the recent passing of the Children’s Health Insurance Program bill, this represents more good news since CHCs have done this all along by providing access to quality health care while saving costs. For these reasons and many others, I strongly believe the CHC model should be the foundation for the health care reform that is coming.”

In time with yesterday’s White House health care forum, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report, Americans Speak on Health Reform: Report on Health Care Community Discussions, now available on http://www.healthreform.gov where people may also watch today’s discussions.

AAPCHO is a national association representing 25 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Since 1987, AAPCHO has advocated for policies and programs that improve the provision of health care services that are community driven, financially affordable, linguistically accessible, and culturally appropriate. For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit http://www.aapcho.org

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