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Please click on the links below to obtain the information presented at our recent Policy Institutes on Healthy Communities:

National Policy Institute on Building Healthy Communities: Sustaining the Movement
April 20-22, 2012
Chicago, IL

National Policy Institute on Building Healthy Communities
February 24-26, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Laying the Foundation for Successful Policymaking

April 15-17, 2011
Atlanta, Georgia

National Policy Institute on Building Healthy Communities
June 23-25, 2011
San Antonio, Texas

Latino Legislative Summit on Health

September 23-25, 2011 | Orlando, Florida

Despite immense advances in health technology and pharmaceutical science, the nation's second largest population group continues to experience major differences in health status, treatment, and outcomes. Some of the factors that contribute to poor health outcomes among Latinos include language and cultural barriers, lack of access to preventive care, and lack of health insurance. The Latino community has the highest uninsured rate of any racial or ethnic group. State legislators, as stewards of state government, oversee a vast range of health and health care systems and serve in key decision-making roles to address policy issues related to healthcare, prevention of disease and health promotion.

Following the passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, state legislatures are now the critical policymaking bodies where the responsibility for the implementation of federal reform will occur. The severe downturn in the economy over the past few years has compelled states to further examine the true price of health with various facets of the health spectrum, including prevention; the cost of disease management to government entities; and the cost of healthcare coverage to individuals, families, and employers. Now, more than a year after its passage, Latino state legislators have the opportunity to ensure the implementation of health care reform does not leave our community even further behind. True health reform must address the health disparities to improve the health of all Americans, especially those who face obstacles to lead healthier lives.


Hearing #1: The State Budget Crisis and Its Impact on Health

Tackling the Latino Health Crisis: The Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid Lifeline

by Ms. Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity
Families USA

The State Budget Crisis and the Economy
by Mr. David Lara, Senior Legislative Associate
Center of Budget and Policy Priorities

Breakfast Hearing: Federal Healthcare Reform

Federal Health Reform - Where are we now?
by Ms. Rachel Morgan, Health Committee Director
National Conference of State Legislatures

Health Reform Disparities: The Massachusetts Experience
by Honorable Jeffrey Sanchez
Massachusetts State Representative


The NALEO Latino Legislative Summit on Health will provide Latino state legislators with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of health disparities and the intersection between state and federal health and economic policy.

The Summit's program will cover:

• The State Budget Crisis and Its Impact on Health
• An Update on the Patient and Affordable Care Act's Implementation and Provisions
• The State of Entitlement Programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
• Insurance Exchanges
• State Legislative Overview on Health

The Summit will assemble national experts and advocates to develop strategies and solutions to address some of the implementation challenges and opportunities of the Affordable Care Act. State legislators will receive information on the latest research and best practices; exchange legislative ideas; learn techniques for maintaining or increasing funding for programs in their respective states and regions; and have the opportunity to identify and network with colleagues and experts on health policy from throughout the nation.



W.K. Kellogg Foundation    

For more information please contact:

Ms. Christian Lopez
Program Manager for Constituency Services
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 4449
Emai: clopez@naleo.org

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