Commemorating ACA’s Second Anniversary!

To commemorate the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) joined other divisions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Region II at a March 30th celebration sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.  The event highlighted the role of ACA within federal agencies and success stories among the communities we serve. 

ACF representative Barbara Andrews spoke about the ACA and its relationship to ACF’s mission and concern for the well-being of children, families and communities.  ACF is most involved with two ACA programs: the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting) and the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG).  Ms. Andrews was joined by Deborah E. Reid, Director of the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program, an HPOG program at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, City University of New York.  Ms. Reid made the philosophy, design and implementation of its HPOG “Pipeline” program come to life for the audience.

Located in Bronx, NY, Hostos Community College is providing education, training, support and employment assistance for low-income individuals, including TANF recipients, who have historically faced barriers to obtaining well-paying jobs in health occupations.  The program trains students for health careers such as pharmacy technician, certified nurse assistant, patient care technician and community health worker.  The Pipeline program continuously updates its approach by evaluating the local healthcare employment market and altering the occupational training choices available to program participants. 

Many people may not realize that the ACA is more than health insurance.  ACA Programs address issues concerning access to quality health care, prevention and wellness, and strengthening the health care workforce.  Although many people associate the ACA with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), several HHS departments, including the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), are involved in the implementation of the ACA.  Also on hand for the anniversary event were representatives from the Administration on Aging (AOA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Successful implementation of the Home Visiting and HPOG programs will mean better outcomes for children and their families.  ACF is proud to have a role in supporting improved health care, a stronger primary care workforce and opportunities for individuals to enter a dynamic job sector with real opportunities for career advancement!

Pictured from left to Right:  Barry Klitsberg (HHS/AoA), Dilcia Granville (HHA/FDA), Cheryl Donald (HHS/HRSA), Michelle Davis (HHS/OASH), Deborah E. Reid (Hostos Community College, CUNY), Barbara Andrews (HHS/ACF), Dennis Gonzalez (HHS/IEA).