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Our Equity and the ACA webinar series got off to a great start in January with a presentation from Peter Lee of the California Health Benefit Exchange, and our next web forum promises to be equally interesting and informative.

Of the 6.7 million Californians eligible for Medi-Cal and tax credits in the Health Benefit Exchange through the ACA, about 70% (4.73 million) are people of color and approximately 40% (2.56 million) speak English less than very well. These statistics demonstrate the imperative for the implementation of health care reform to address the unique needs of our diverse communities.

Join us for CPEHN’s next webinar, Equity and the ACA: Advancing Language Access and Data Collection, to hear how California can build upon its existing language access laws and data collection efforts to create a more equitable health care system for communities of color. The webinar is scheduled for this Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9:00 am PT. Ignatius Bau and I are the featured speakers.

Equity and the ACA: Advancing Language Access and Data Collection will highlight strategies to ensure that all Californians have access to and can understand their care and how improved data collection can help inform those strategies. This is a free event, so register today!

Ellen Wu is Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. In 2012, CPEHN is celebrating 20 years as a champion for health equity.


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