By: Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
The work of the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (HHS Partnerships Center) makes a difference because it impacts real people with real challenges. One of the best stories that encapsulate what we do was told at a meeting hosted by the White House for African American clergy. A bishop shared a personal story about one of his children who had a preexisting condition. To provide medical care for this child cost the family approximately $2300 per month, meaning there were times when the family actually had to decide what they would eat for the week versus medical provisions for the child. Today, through the efforts of the Partnership Center as well as faith and community leaders, that faith leader’s son has a health care plan purchased through the ACA. His monthly premium is now $23 a month.
Stories like this underscore the role that the HHS Partnerships Center and faith-based and community organizations play in deepening public engagement across a broad array of health initiatives.
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