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Alison’s Outlook

As I near my one year anniversary at WithinReach, I’m even more inspired by our ability to create meaningful impact in our community. In June, our board approved a new three-year strategic plan that will propel us forward into 2016. We have ambitious goals for our three- year Healthy Connections Campaign including:

  • Connecting 45,000 people with health insurance
  • Connecting 35,000 families with food benefits
  • Providing 12,000 development screens
  • Providing valuable information on immunizations, breastfeeding, health, food and development to over 1 million people in Washington

We do this because we know that healthy families make healthy communities. And we are driven every day to make sure that Washington families have the connections they need to be healthy.

One of the things that I am most excited about is health care reform. This is a once in a generation opportunity to create meaningful improvements in our health care system.  On October 1, a major milestone in the Affordable Care Act will occur when the Washington Health Benefit Exchange will open enrollment. The Exchange will offer increased access to quality health insurance plans for almost one million Washingtonians.

WithinReach is committed to making sure everyone can easily understand their options.  Our entire outreach team will be certified as “In-Person Assistors” and will guide clients over the phone and in-person through the health insurance enrollment process.  We will also take this opportunity to connect them to food and child development resources, if needed. WithinReach takes our role as an assistor seriously and we stand ready to make sure that our most vulnerable families get connected to the resources they need to be healthy.

We want to keep you up to date on our work so we are hosting a series of Healthy Connections Campaign “brown bag” phone-in briefings on August 8 and 22 at noon.  Join us and share your input! Send us an email to let us know you’ll be there.

A special message for YOU

Thank you for supporting Washington children and families at the 2013 WithinReach Healthy Connections Luncheon.

Your generous gift helped us raise $170,000. Your support provides access to health care and food that vulnerable communities need to learn, meet their basic needs, and have a healthy life.

Thank you again so much for helping remove the barriers and make the connections all Washington families need to be healthy!

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