Georgians for a Healthy Future is coming to Athens on Friday morning to host a medicaid advocacy training session at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The training sessions are meant to educate participants about existing advocacy opportunities.
The Atlanta-based organization’s mission is to build and mobilize a unified voice, vision, and leadership to achieve a healthy future for all Georgians. Laura Colbert, the executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said they will be conducting trainings across Georgia and already kicked off their first meeting in Atlanta.
“Medicaid supports half of Georgia’s children and about 20 percent of the total population so it’s really integral to our health system and to communities in general, and so we think it’s important for folks to know that,” Colbert said.
The presentation will include pathways to healthcare coverage, the importance of healthcare coverage, overview of the Medicaid program, the coverage gap, who medicaid protects, the economic benefits of medicaid, medicaid related advocacy and future directions for Medicaid.
“They’ll also learn about how to be a health advocate and what opportunities there might be in their community to advocate for better access to healthcare and to improve their quality of care in their communities as well,” Colbert said.
Those interested in attending the training session can register at http://healthyfuturega.org/. Registration is free.