SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (September 20, 2012) – Twin Cities Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Mark Lisa and Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Tejeda were the featured guests at the recent Latino Outreach Council (LOC) meeting in downtown San Luis Obispo last month. LOC invited the hospital executives to speak about healthcare reform and how it impacts the Latino community.
Meeting organizers encouraged hospital officials get involved. County Supervisor and Chairperson of the Latino Outreach Council Paul Teixeira said, “The new Affordable Healthcare Act that was signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010 initiated comprehensive reforms to improve access to affordable health coverage for everyone, including minority populations like Latinos and African Americans, and to protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices.”
Tejeda, also President of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE), introduced Twin Cities Community Hospital and began the roundtable discussion. Lisa followed with a detailed presentation about the act and its three goals: increased coverage, reduced cost, and premium relief. He explained, “The government has active oversight and can intervene when costs get too high.” Lisa also pointed out that “Minorities like Latinos and African Americans are most at risk, and the Affordable Healthcare Act encourages preventative care, promotes wellness and invests in research and action on healthcare disparities.”
A question-and-answer segment followed, in which members of the Latino Outreach Council asked Lisa and Tejeda about the pros and cons of the new act and how it affects the Latino community. A discussion led to the conclusion that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is now making minority health a permanent component of government.
The City of Atascadero Mayor Tom O'Malley was in attendance as well as Marci Powers from the SLO County Gang Commission, members from the SARP Center, CAP SLO, French Hospital and Community Health Centers, among others.
“The LOC plans on organizing more presentations and workshops about healthcare and education for San Luis Obispo County Latinos in the future,” Vice Chair of the Latino Outreach Council C.R. Lara says. “We would be honored to work further with leaders like Twin Cities Community Hospital to educate the Latino community on the healthcare resources available to them.”
The Latino Outreach Council’s mission is to facilitate the equal and full participation of all members of the Latino community in the life and affairs of San Luis Obispo County. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Twin Cities Community Hospital, please visit www.twincitieshospital.com or call press agency AR & Co. PR and Marketing at (805) 239-4443 or email email@example.com.