2012-04-19 / Community

“Hero for the Uninsured” awards reception and dinner to be held at Upfront & Company

On May 10, the Upper Peninsula Health Access Coalition will once again join the health care community in recognizing the contributions of citizens and organizations that improve the health and wellbeing of people in the U.P.

The annual “Hero for the Uninsured” awards reception and dinner will begin at 5 p.m. at Upfront & Company in Marquette.

Following dinner, seven “Hero” Award winners from across the U.P. will be announced in four categories – Above & Beyond Hero, Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Hero, Personal Touch Hero and Innovation Hero.

According to UPHAC, today’s economic stresses mean more citizens face the choice between paying for basics like food and housing or costs for health care, and too many working-age U.P. residents are going without medical services and prescriptions to make ends meet.

UPHAC says the fortunate ones benefit when health care providers, medication sources, social services and other community support programs and volunteers step forward.

Those individuals and programs donate care, services and prescriptions as part of their everyday routines to make a difference in the lives and health of residents in their communities, often at little or no cost to the patient.

They work independently or in cooperation with five local access coalitions around the U.P., including Schoolcraft Health Access in Manistique, which is part of the Medical Care Access Coalition serving Marquette, Schoolcraft and Alger counties.

The awards dinner is an opportunity for U.P. communities to thank those who help address the health care needs of uninsured adult residents.

The “Hero” Awards are sponsored by UPHAC and the five local coalitions, which also include the Community Health Access Coalition (Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac), Dickinson-Iron Medical Care Access Coalition, Medical Access Coalition of Delta and Menominee Counties, and the Western U.P. Healthcare Access Coalition (Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon).

For more information on the awards dinner, including how to support the event as a sponsor, contact UPHAC at (906) 233-0210.

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