News in Brief
Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act
LORAIN (Feb. 1, 2012): Mayra E. Alvarez, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act and the new consumer health care website CuidadoDeSalud.gov., at a community forum, Wed., Feb. 1, 2012, from 2 to 3 p.m., at El Centro de Servicios Sociales de Lorain, 2800 Pearl Avenue.
The community forum, presented by El Centro, UHCAN Ohio, and Know Your Care, will provide the opportunity to learn more about the new benefits of the law and the impact on the Latino community in Ohio. It will also include a live demonstration of the consumer tools and information available on CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care. The website connects consumers to new information and resources that will help individuals, families, and small businesses access quality, affordable health care coverage.
The Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010, “marks a crucial turning point for health care in the Latino community by targeting the very issues preventing them from achieving better health and extending care to up to 9 million Latinos across the country,” according to the Obama administration.
Alvarez is the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Reform where she has primary oversight responsibility for coordinated and timely implementation of the public health, prevention, and healthcare workforce policy provisions in the Affordable Care Act. RSVP to Victor Leandry at 440 277-8235 Ext 7026 or [email protected]
White House to Host Hispanic Community Action Summits
ELYRIA (Feb.18, 2012): The Obama Administration will host more than dozen Hispanic Community Action Summits this year beginning in Arizona, Florida, Ohio, and Texas. Speaking on a host of issues affecting the Latino community ranging from the economy to immigration, the White House officials will visit Elyria, Saturday, Feb.18, 2012, at Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH.
Dozens of senior Administration officials and policy experts will meet with Latino leaders and community stakeholders, business owners, educators and state and local officials at each summit, providing an opportunity for participants to address important issues with White House and Cabinet agency officials.
Summit sessions cover a wide range of topics including jobs and the economy, education, health care, and the need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. Each meeting will begin with a morning plenary session followed by an innovative set of open space workgroups where participants collaboratively set the agenda and identify next steps for community action.
CHIP Candidates’ Forum to host Kaptur & Kucinich & Republican Presidential hopefuls
LORAIN (Feb.22, 2012): The Coalition of Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress (CHIP) will host its annual primary candidates’ forum, a debate for all contested primary election candidates, and among the invitees are contenders for the 9th District seat, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo). Invited also to speak are the Republican Presidential hopefuls and judicial candidates.
The debate, on Wed. Feb. 22, 2012, will take place at the St. Joseph Community Center, on the 21st and Broadway Avenue in Lorain, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m.
Lorain City Schools will tape the event and along with Lorain County Community College, will broadcast the event on their respective networks one week prior to the primary. The Forum will be moderated by CHIP’s David Arredondo and Mary Santiago.
Republican Presidential Candidates invited include Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich.
Roundtable debates include also Republican U.S. Reps candidates for the 7th district, and Republican U.S. Reps candidates for the 9th district, candidates for Lorain County Commissioner, and Democratic State reps candidates for the 57th district.
FREE TAX Preparations for Lorain County residents
LORAIN COUNTY: The Lorain County EITC Coalition will be hosting several free tax preparation clinics throughout the area for Lorain County residents. The first session will be Sat., Feb. 4, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations: at the Elyria Public Library, West Branch (1194 West River Rd. North, Elyria, Ohio 44035) and at the Lorain Public Library, Main (351 Sixth Street, Lorain, Ohio 44052).
A free clinic will also take place Sat, Feb. 11from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LCCC Learning Center inside St. Joseph Community Center, on West 21st Street and Broadway Avenue, Lorain. There are clinics also in Oberlin, Wellington and daily walk-in hours at locations across the county. For more information visit www.loraincountyeitc.org or dial 2-1-1 or (1-800-275-6106)
The Lorain County EITC Coalition is a group of non-profit and government agencies working to provide free tax preparation filing and financial literacy resources for citizens of Lorain County, Ohio. Coalition members include: Lorain County Labor Agency, Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority, El Centro de Servicios Sociales, United Way of Greater Lorain County, the Ohio Benefit Bank, IRS, the Elyria Public Library, LCCC Wellington Center, Lorain Public Main Branch, and many others.
Lorain’s Club Copa will spotlight Latino culture and host Salsa lessons
LORAIN (Feb.10, 2012): Eileen Torres will present “Africa: The Roots of Salsa,” to show how Salsa music originated in Africa and later spread to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and further to Central America and the United States, on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at 8 p.m., at Club Copa, 939 Broadway Ave, Lorain. The presentation will include both lectures and videos, followed by Salsa dance lessons. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Admission is $5. For further information, call 440-242-2622.