CCHCC E-Mail Newsletter – February 2010
1. Campaign & Program Updates
2. Health Action Network
3. Ask an Advocate
4. Upcoming Meetings & Events
5. Support CCHCC
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(CCHCC) E-mail Newsletter. The goal of the CCHCC E-mail Newsletter is to keep you up-to-date on CCHCC campaigns and activities, and let you know of ways to support health care justice in your very own community.
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1. CAMPAIGN & PROGRAM UPDATES
— Health Care Access Task Force:
CCHCC staff recently returned from a trip to Washington DC to attend the Health Action 2010 Conference hosted by Families USA. At this conference, CCHCC staff learned about prospects for national health reform and how, as advocates, we can continue to demand for real health reform! Attend the next Health Care Access Task Force meeting on February 11, 2010 (see more info
below) to learn more about next steps for national health reform.
— 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign:
The 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign continues to work hard to get the toxic site in north Champaign cleaned up. Visit our website to read the monthly update.
— Medicare Task Force:
The Medicare Task Force is fighting for improvements in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. To find out more information about the specific areas the Task Force is hoping to improve, read our Principles for Medicare Reform.
2. HEALTH ACTION NETWORK – TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Want to take REAL action for health care justice in your community? Then volunteer for CCHCC’s Consumer Health Hotline! The Consumer Health Hotline needs volunteer Hotline Advocates to work one-on-one with clients who are having problems with the health care system. Volunteering for the Hotline is a great way to learn about the health care system and provide important, direct service to people in the community. Volunteers gain problem solving skills and help empower consumers. For more information contact Yadira at
352-6533 or yadira@HealthCareconsumers.org.
3. ASK AN ADVOCATE
Question: Are there any new free clinics in the community?
Answer: Yes! The Avicenna Community Health Center recently opened to provide free care to uninsured people in our community. Avicenna Community Health Center is located at 507 S. 2nd Street, Suite 2E in Champaign and operates on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They also operate a satellite clinic the first Friday of each month at the Central Illinois Mosque & Islamic Center from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Patients should call 217-418-5888 on Thursdays from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. to make an appointment. Avicenna currently provides blood pressure and glucose screenings, one-on-one consultations with a physician, direct referrals to local facilities, and diet and nutrition information.
4. UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
— Attend the next Health Care Access Task Force meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church (Green and Goodwin in Urbana). The Health Care Access Task Force meets each month to work on health care access in our community. We’d love to see you there!
Call us at(217) 352-6533 with questions or to RSVP.
— Interested in working for a better prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries? Then join the Medicare Task Force on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church (210 W. University in Champaign). Call Anne at (217) 352-6533 for more information.
— ** Save the Date! ** CCHCC’s Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010 in Champaign. More information to follow. We hope to see you there!
5. SUPPORT CCHCC
Are you a member of an organization or work at a local business? Then support CCHCC by taking out an ad in the 2010 Annual Awards Dinner Adbook.
Each year, the Adbook presents an excellent opportunity for local businesses, organizations, and individuals to show their support for the health of the community and to reach hundreds of loyal CCHCC supporters.
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