District of Columbia: DC Health Link Pulling Out All the Stops for African-American “Week of Action”
DC Health Link Pulling Out All the Stops for African-American “Week of Action”
Friday, January 18, 2019
Marching in MLK, Jr. Day Parade, barber shop outreach, and visiting churches highlight opportunities to boost African-American health insurance enrollment
With less than two weeks left to the January 31 deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage, DC Health Link is ramping up outreach efforts to the African-American community, where the uninsured rate remains high. DC Health Link, in partnership with various community organizations, is encouraging uninsured African-Americans to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance during DC Health Link’s “African-American Week of Action.”
Barber shops in African-American communities are more than a place to get a haircut and other grooming services. They are where the community meets and enjoys camaraderie, shares stories about life events and gets the latest information about what’s happening in the community. On Saturday, January 19th, DC Health Link will kick off the African-American Week of Action with representatives on-hand at Midtown Barber Shop to educate residents about the benefits of enrolling in quality, affordable health insurance coverage. Councilmember Brandon Todd will also be onsite from 12 pm until 1 pm.
The Week of Action continues on Sunday with “Faith in Action” at multiple churches throughout the District. The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC), in concert with DC Health Link, will bring health insurance information and enrollment services directly to congregants and community members. The District’s faith community has been an invaluable partner in the effort to reach, educate and enroll consumers in quality affordable health insurance.
DC Health Link will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by participating in the Martin Luther King Day Holiday Peace Walk and Parade. DC Health Link representatives will march in the spirit of Dr. King, who once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." They will proudly hold banners as they march, remind people to enroll by the January 31st deadline, hand out flyers, and direct residents to enrollment events.
The Week of Action runs from Saturday, January 19 to Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Additional African-American Week of Action outreach events are listed below.
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10 am – 12:30 pm
DC Health Link @ Faith In Action Food Bank
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ
3845 South Capitol Street, SW
Note: The LCHC along with DC Health Link will bring health insurance information and enrollment opportunities to persons from the congregation and community who frequent the food bank.
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10 am – 2 pm
Faith in Action Final Sunday
Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE
Note: The LCHC, in concert with DC Health Link, will bring health insurance information and enrollment services directly to congregants and community members. Information will be available about Medicaid options, qualified health plans and financial help with plan premiums.