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ACA Champions of Change

The White House honors "Champions of Change" who are leading local efforts to advance the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Vanessa Abernathy is an Enroll America Fellow. Since August 2013, she has worked on the Get Covered America campaign, spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act, providing information to...

Niiobli Armah IV is Director of Health Programs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In that role, he is responsible for managing the NAACP’s national policy...

Andrew Cray was a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. He is being honored posthumously for his work to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans with...

Bill Forbes is a volunteer with the Get Covered America campaign of Enroll America. For the past year, he has worked in Austin, Texas, educating uninsured consumers about their healthcare options...

Joshua Gray is special assistant to the Chair of the Service Employees International (SEIU) Union’s Healthcare Division. In this role, he focuses on Affordable Care Act enrollment in African...

Khadija Gurnah is the Program Manager for the American Muslim Health Professionals’ (AMHP) Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment efforts. Khadija earned her Master’s in Health Management...

Pat Halpin-Murphy is the President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). A creative and effective women’s health advocate, Pat founded the PBCC in June 1993. The PBCC...

Mark LeBeau is the Executive Director at the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) and a citizen of the Pit River Nation enrolled in the Illmawi Band. He has worked at CRIHB since 1999 in...

Jamie Markus is the Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library. He believes that libraries are dynamic institutions that provide equitable access to a vast array of information...

Joe Pena is the Director of Federal Relations for Miami Dade College (MDC), the higher education institution with the largest campus-based enrollment in the United States. As part of the College’s...

Joan Serda is the Assistant Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community. In this role, Sister Joan works to promote the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of...

Cecelia Smaha is an Associate of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community. Cecelia is retired from the Georgia Department of Labor as an Employment Services...

Peter Yang is a program coordinator at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS). During the last Open Enrollment period, Peter led and coordinated a multilingual team to provide...

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