Columbus, OH—UHCAN Ohio honored six champions of health care at its annual event, Lend your Voice—Health Care for All, held on May 21, 2015, at the historic Lincoln Theatre. The six honorees were chosen because they enhance the consumer voice in demanding a health care system that delivers quality, affordable health care for all Ohioans.
“Building the consumer voice to make health care work for all Ohioans is our core mission,” said Cathy Levine, Executive Director of UHCAN Ohio. “The individuals and organization we honored have worked tirelessly in their communities to give voice to the voiceless.”
UHCAN Ohio’s organization of the year was the Ohio AIDS Coalition, a division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio), which provides education, leadership training, advocacy, and support for Ohio’s HIV/AIDS community. Their purpose is to cultivate and amplify the voices of people living with HIV in Ohio. It is based in Columbus, OH.
“The Ohio AIDS Coalition was honored because of their relentless work ensuring that the services and resources available for people living with HIV/AIDS are provided in a nurturing and respectful manner,” said Levine.
The Ohio AIDS Coalition was introduced by UHCAN Ohio’s Dental Access Now! Director, David Maywhoor, who said of their impact, “The Ohio AIDS Coalition has been a great partner in our work to raise the issue of the lack of dental access in Ohio by hosting events and participating in lobby days. They also help Ohioans with HIV/AIDS choose the right health plans based on the prescriptions they need and shares their members’ experiences on UHCAN Ohio’s monthly calls about issues consumers are having with their insurance coverage.”
Patrick Beatty, Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition, said “we are honored to receive the award as a recognition of our efforts to maintain that public awareness, and for our advocacy and leadership in helping to bring forward the Affordable Care Act and other resources for the HIV community in Ohio. “
These central Ohio honorees were joined by four other honorees from across Ohio that UHCAN Ohio recognized at their Lend your Voice—Health Care for All annual tribute event. The other honorees included:
- Semanthie Brooks, Director of Community Advocacy at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cleveland, OH
- Susan M. Rogers, Director of COAD/RSVP of the Ohio Valley, Jackson, OH
- Elizabeth Tronolone, Chair of the Dental Hygiene Program at Owens Community College and the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Government Relations Chair, Toledo, OH
- Judith Warren, CEO of Health Care Access Now, Cincinnati, OH
UHCAN Ohio is a consumer health advocacy organization working to achieve high quality, affordable health care for all Ohioans and building the voice of consumers in health care.