Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 22, 2015
Every year the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) recognizes the local, regional, and national contributions and achievements of individuals, community organizations, Tribes and Tribal organizations, toward advancing and improving American Indian and Alaska Native health.
The NIHB named Albuquerque Non-Profit, Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR) as the recipient of the 2015 NIHB Local Impact Award, an award bestowed upon an outstanding individual, organization or Tribal program in the area of Tribal Health. The Local Impact Award acknowledges an individual or organization whose work has affected change or impacted health care at the local and/or Tribal level.
NAPPR is receiving this award for its Healthcare Education & Outreach (HEO) program which provides comprehensive outreach, education and enrollment services to Native Americans throughout New Mexico regarding health coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NAPPR with the help of its partners, provided outreach and education on coverage options to over 110,000 individuals and enrolled 8,154 Native Americans in affordable health coverage.
NAPPR’s enrollment counselors work at various regional enrollment sites and at an array of healthcare events occurring throughout the state, day and night. Their mission is to Create a Culture of Coverage among Native Americans in New Mexico. HEO’s director, Monica Marthell says, “Our hopes are that if we can increase awareness and understanding around ACA, we can create change in Native Americans resulting in enrollment and ultimately improved health outcomes for Native Americans in New Mexico, and we are now seeing the beginnings of this in our work, it’s amazing.”
NIHB describes its award recipients as true heroes in Indian health and with this award, NAPPR’s HEO program shows how they are impacting Tribal communities across New Mexico at the grassroots level by serving their Native American families and friends.
Michael Rivera, Chief Executive Officer of Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. says, "The HEO program has partnered with tribal communities and Native organizations around the state to enroll as many Native Americans in New Mexico in no- or low-cost health insurance plans. This award honors the many, many people who worked tirelessly to make this program a success."
NAPPR senior executives will receive the award at the NIHB 2015 Annual Consumer Conference in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 24, 2015.