Thursday, April 23, 2015

Healthy Thursday and More

Community Connectors Initiative Spins Off

Arkansas RAPPS ( Reaching, Affirming, Positive, Progressive, Systems), will be launching
an exciting new element to its outreach efforts. The "Welcome to the Living Room," series of conversations will be an interesting twist on further understanding the complexities of individuals dealing with everyday challenges of sexual health responsibilities and social justice issues.

Currently the concept will feature an interactive discussion that will feature story telling, videos, social media hubs, theater and arts as well as journaling. The goal of the group is to create a open and fluid zone of conversations hosted in an actual "living room" setting that will be created by the participants.

The first set of conversations will start,  May 15, 2015, 715 Sherman Street, inside the Kramer Arts Auditorium, starting at 6pm. For more information call 501-404-2400. All ages are welcome to participate! Watch for more updates!

Arkansas to be represented at State of Enrollment Conference
Enroll America will host it's State of Enrollment Conference in Washington D.C., June 10-12. COP 24/7 Executive Producer and health advocate, C. Mabin has been chosen to attend, as well as, over other attendees from all aspects of the health care outreach and enrollment effort to share lessons
learned, new research, and best practices in helping consumers enroll, retain, and use health coverage that meets their needs and their budget. In 2014 over 900 individuals attended the conference from all 50 states and territories.

Mabin severed as a In-Person Assister with the Living Affected Corporation during the initial enrollment period and has had a continued interest in the impact of the programs deployment in Arkansas. During last year's conference, Mabin participated in the LGBTQ break out group in which Arkansas was noted as the only Southern state that had achieved Medicaid expansion and also openly contracted with a minority and gay owned and operated community based organization designated to specifically outreach into the LGBT community. While in attendance, Mabin will share video clips, updates and news from the event. 

With over two days of plenaries, workshops, trainings, and events, the conference offers valuable opportunities to learn and plan as we continue to help Americans enroll in and retain health coverage. Network with peers and partners from across the country as we take a critical look at what worked better during the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces, what barriers persist in enrolling and retaining consumers in health coverage, and how we can all work together to build and sustain momentum in our ongoing effort to get America covered for years to come. 
 Enroll America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization focused on one goal: maximizing the number of Americans who are enrolled in and retain health coverage.
Office of National AIDS Policy Hosting National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums
Reducing HIV-related Disparities - Detroit, MI
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
Location: Institute for Population Health: 1400 Woodbridge Street, Detroit, MI 48207
Achieving Greater Coordination: Innovations and Integration of Prevention and Care to Improve the HIV Care Continuum - Boston, MA
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Location: TBD
Meetings are free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at
In addition, ONAP will solicit community input through online channels, including an online public forum during April and May. For additional details, please visit and follow the ONAP blog at for updates. Unfortunately there are no meetings schedule directly for Arkansas as yet, however, as more cities may be included we will update.

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