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Elk Grove teachers give “healthy hand” to their community

Elk Grove teachers gave a “healthy hand” to their community recently by hosting two Healthcare Education and Enrollment events in partnership with Assembly member Dr. Richard Pan.

The Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA) joined with Pan’s office and other community organizations to help local families sign up for the Affordable Care Act/ Covered California. In preparation for the events in February and again on March 22, the association spread the word via more than 8,000 fliers to students, social media and by personally encouraging friends and families to participate. Joining the association were students from the Valley High School Health TECH Academy, who provided information on nutrition, heart health and led discussions on teen depression.

“This was a wonderful experience,” said Michael Brunswick, who attended the event on the urging of his sister Terri Washington, an EGEA member. “This relieved a lot of stress and the staff was great. Attempting to sign up online was daunting and I was happy to get this done today.”

Recognizing that community education and service is part of its mission, the Elk Grove Education Association has worked to expand its community outreach in recent years. In hosting the event, the association reached out and collaborated with a number of community  organizations, including the Elk Grove Benefits Employee Retiree Trust staff (EGBERT), the Health Education Council, insurance agent John Lee, Kaiser Permanente, the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Sacramento Covered, One Solution, and union members from Service Employee International Union/United Healthcare Workers (SEIU/UHW).

“The health of our students is directly related to their educational progress.  This directly impacts members on a daily basis, said Maggie Ellis, president of the Elk Grove Education Association.  “Anything that we can do to promote health and wellness education and access to healthcare for our families is a worthwhile effort.”

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