One of the initiatives funded by MWHF is the Immigrant Health Care Access Project (IHAP). HCFA was awarded $26,500 for one-year to educate advocates, health care providers and members of the immigrant community about the rights that immigrants have to access the health services they need and deserve. The project will include a range of activities to implement such as engaging with ethnic media, distributing materials in Spanish and Portuguese, conducting outreach in churches and small businesses, and using trusted partners who understand the needs of these communities. The work will be done in collaboration with the Framingham ESL program, The Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP), The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW).
This grant intends to address the fear and mistrust that immigrants in the Greater Framingham area are facing in today’s climate:
“Foreign-born individuals fear deportation, government harassment, incarceration, and family separation because of the dramatic changes in immigration policies which is impacting their ability to get and stay healthy,” said Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care For All. “This grant will allow us to address health disparities among immigrant populations by ensuring they understand and have access to the health services they need.”
HCFA also received $75,000 to provide support services to the Metrowest region through Health Care For All’s HelpLine. HCFA will receive $25,000 each year for three years as part of the MetroWest Health Foundation’s Basic Health Needs Operating Grants Program; This support will allow HCFA to continue to providing health insurance enrollment assistance to residents living in the MetroWest region.
“HCFA’s work will focus primarily on assisting vulnerable and underserved populations in this region, including low-income individuals and families, those with limited English proficiency, individuals with disabilities, the uninsured and those from immigrant communities,” said Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care For All. “HCFA will provide enrollment assistance to these individuals and families via its free HelpLine.”
In order to ensure that the HelpLine continues to be successful in reaching vulnerable populations in the MetroWest region, HCFA will utilize proven in-person outreach strategies to inform community members about health benefits available to them and connect them with the services of the HelpLine.
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Health Care For All (HCFA is a nonprofit organizations that promotes health justice in Massachusetts by working to reduce disparities and ensure coverage and access for all. We achieve this as leaders in public policy, advocacy, education and service to consumers in Massachusetts. For more information about HCFA, visit our website at www.hcfama.org. You can also call our free HelpLine (800) 272-4232 if you need help applying for health insurance.