The outbreak of Ebola in 2014 is the largest in history, primarily affecting countries in West Africa. In the United States, one imported case and related local cases have been reported among healthcare workers. The Healthcare Education Project and the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) held an Ebola educational session for healthcare workers, both clinical and non-clinical, at the Javits Center in New York City on October 21, 2014. This event was attended by over 5,000 healthcare workers and streamed live to healthcare workers around the country. It was organized in cooperation with the federal Centers for Disease Control which has been taking active measures to prevent any further spread of Ebola in the United States. The entire event including a demonstration of the use of Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers may be watched here. For up-to-date information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/ and New York State Dept of Health at http://www.health.ny.gov/
HEP regularly organizes community forums on Affordable Care Act education and enrollment, where questions from community members on the ACA and the marketplace are addressed. In forums held during the enrollment period, navigators are present on site to help people sign up for health insurance.
On April 29, 2015, HEP organized an evening of presentations and discussions on King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court case examining the constitutionality of the subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.
In the fall of 2013, HEP led a door-to-door canvass in New York City to reach the uninsured prior to the ACA enrollment deadline of March 2014. The canvas identified over 7,000 uninsured individuals and 94% of them pledged to sign up on the marketplace. The largest number of uninsured we contacted were in the crucial under-34 age group.
In 2013, prior to the beginning of healthcare enrollment by the state’s newly established health insurance marketplace, New York State of Health, HEP led a coalition to organize enrollment summits in eight regions around New York State, and one statewide summit in New York City. Navigators, brokers, hospital administrators, health plans, unions, community groups and others gathered to strategize efforts for outreach and enrollment. The success of these summits spurred a second round of summits around the state in 2014 before enrollment for 2014/15 began in November, where sessions filled to capacity looked back on 2013 to analyze strategies and materials that were used, and lessons learned, and made plans to collaborate further to reduce a duplication of efforts and reach the maximum number of uninsured possible.
Throughout 2012, HEP organized several Affordable Care Act education and enrollment forums for the community, where community members had their questions about the ACA and the marketplace addressed. Navigators were present on site to sign people up for health insurance.
HEP has co-sponsored dozens of forums on sugary drinks in New York City and several upstate cities, partnering with educational institutions, healthcare institutions, churches and community centers. Sugary drinks are a leading driver of obesity. New York City has seen an encouraging drop in childhood obesity rates between 2006 and 2011, especially among five- and six-year-olds.
In 2011, HEP ran a successful statewide campaign in support of the recommendations of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) to improve the health of New Yorkers, enhance the patient care experience, and reduce healthcare costs. The New York State Legislature passed 78 of the MRT’s recommendations.
Through numerous statewide campaigns, HEP has helped protect New York’s hospitals and nursing homes from billions of dollars in proposed state funding cuts.
HEP led the fight to create New York’s groundbreaking Family Health Plus program, which provides comprehensive health insurance to approximately one million working New Yorkers, and is now a national model.