THE LATINO HEALTHCARE FORUM HISTORY.
Thank you for visiting our website and supporting health care for vulnerable and undeserved populations. Our initial purpose in starting the Latino HealthCare Forum was to provide a vehicle for the community to become informed about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its various provisions. We the ACA as not just an opportunity to move the ball down the field to affordable, quality health care for all, but also to enhance consumer participation and empowerment.
A group of highly involved community members, started discussing the upcoming changes for the healthcare system nationally and soon realized that, If we had trouble understanding it and making it work for the community then others would be having the same issue. So that’s why the Latino HealthCare Forum got started– to help others understand, learn, and advocate for their own and the community’s health.
We brought in other interested parties to help with the LHCF such as Jill Ramirez, an expert in community engagement, Michael Candelas, former head of the City of Austin Health Department, Jill Ramirez, Hector Torres, a technology guru, and, Alexandra Landeros, a social media expert, Linda Smith, a former Human Resources Manager for a community clinic We established a board of advisers in the medical field and in health care policy to give us good advice.
Since our founding, we have moved quickly from providing information to kick starting community-based initiatives like a Community Health Worker/Promotores training program; community and consumer engagement services; health promotion through social communication; development of a community health mobile application (still looking for a name, give us suggestions); use of Promotores in clinical interventions; applied to be a Federal Navigator for insurance enrollment (but even without funding, we will be involved); and, others that you can see on this website.
Our mission and vision is provided on this website, but everything we do is dedicated to making quality, affordable health care accessible to everyone. We see ourselves working to build consumer and community leadership to transform the American health system with the belief that this transformation only will happen when consumers and the community are fully engaged. The Latino HealthCare Forum will work with anyone who wants to support to change the health care system so that it serves everyone – especially the under-served and vulnerable members of our community. Call or email me at any time if you want to get involved. We need to “Give ‘Em Health!”