I work in retail and one day the pastor of Mt. Gerizim came into the store and he heard me talking about not having insurance. He said his wife helped people get enrolled in coverage at his church for UHCAN Ohio and that I should come by and get enrolled. Thanks to UHCAN Ohio for having someone in the community that is willing to help others understand that health care is a necessity for quality of life.
Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage, Executive Committee Member
I’ve been an advocate with UHCAN Ohio for the last 10 years. During that time, UHCAN Ohio has strongly advocated for comprehensive and equitable health coverage for all Ohioans and Americans. I continue to be involved because UHCAN Ohio has kept me informed about changes that could affect me and my community so that we can build a grassroots response in time to make a difference on the decision. I am grateful to UHCAN Ohio for building my skills in so many ways, including understanding policy and learning how to raise up the voices of those in my community to decision makers.
I would like to thank UHCAN Ohio for having someone in the community to help me understand the importance of having health care. During UHCAN Ohio’s health insurance literacy session, I learned how to use my health insurance and how important it is to have a primary care doctor. I also learned about health policies and how they impact me and those I love. As a result of my church's partnerships with UHCAN Ohio, my church members and I got involved in providing comments on the Healthy Ohio waiver. It was important for us to let policy makers know that this is not good for us, our families, or our communities.
Jane Hash ,
Before I started working with UHCAN Ohio, it was difficult to get my voice heard. Now, with UHCAN Ohio’s support, I have a place at the table with decision makers, where I can raise, not only my issues, but the concerns and opinions of other older adults and people with disabilities. Our partnership has provided me with opportunities to put my leadership skills to use for the whole community. For example, I was recently elected to Board of Directors at LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential). I look forward to continuing to work with UHCAN Ohio until all Ohioans get the care they need to lead healthy lives.
Deb Robison ,
Family and Student Services
UHCAN Ohio is an invaluable resource for schools and communities in Ohio that are hoping to implement SBIRT. UHCAN Ohio provides guidance, technical support, encouragement and connection to other communities. School districts in Hamilton, Franklin, Clermont, Scioto, Cuyahoga, Butler and Lorain counties have benefitted from UHCAN Ohio's expertise and passion for making SBIRT available to every student. As state level advocates for SBIRT cost reimbursement, UHCAN Ohio is working to make the screening and brief intervention sustainable for all communities and school districts so that young adults across the state develop the judgment and life skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives.
Brenda Latham ,
UHCAN Ohio has helped me to become an advocate for health care. I have learned a lot from working with them to do health literacy in my church. I have learned how important it is to understand how to use your health insurance, and how important it is for my church to understand new policies that affect us like the Healthy Ohio Waiver. If it were not for our partnership with UHCAN Ohio, my church members and I would not have known about this waiver or had a chance to provide comments to let policy makers know that this is not good for us, our families, and our community.