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Unformatted text preview: Comit de Apoyo de Inquilinos y Trabajadores Tenants& and Workers& Support Committee February 2003 The Consequences of Medical Debt Evidence from Three Communities The Access Project (TAP) is affiliated with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. It has served as a resource center for local communities working to improve health and healthcare access since 1998. The project receives its funding from a variety of public and private sources. The mission of TAP is to strengthen community action, promote social change, and improve health, especially for those who are most vulnerable. TAP conducts community action research in conjunction with local leaders to improve the quality of relevant information needed to change the health system. It seeks to enhance the knowledge and skills of community leaders to strengthen the voice of underserved communities in the public and private policy discussions that directly affect them. The Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC), founded in 1977, is a non-profit grassroots citizen action organization dedicated to the mission of health care for all. CCHCC is founded on the premise of participatory democracy and the belief that meaningful change in the health care system will come only with the active involvement of consumers. CCHCC works to bring a consumer voice and consumer-driven changes to the health care system through education, advocacy, and community organizing. CCHCC is a community-based organization with over 7,000 members working locally on issues of national importance. CCHCC's staff and its accomplishments have received national recognition, including The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program award. CCHCC has worked with The Access Project since 1999. Founded in 1996, the Human Services Coalition of Dade County (HSC) works to empower individuals and communities to create a more just society by promoting civic engagement, economic fairness and access to health and human services. At the heart of these efforts is a belief that families and communities will be strengthened through increased public awareness and civic involvement in improving systems of care. HSC is a membership-based coalition composed of over 6000 members, representing community groups, faith-based organizations, policy makers, businesses and individuals. The Tenants and Workers Support Committee/ Comit de Apoyo de Inquilinos and Trabajadores (TWSC/CAIT) is a low-income community-based organization in Alexandria, Virginia. First organized in 1986 in response to the mass evictions of 5,000 low-income Latinos and African-Americans from local neighborhoods, the Committees mission is to develop the collective power of low-income residents, workers, women, and youth, to challenge racism and sexism through direct action and education, and to promote social change, political leadership, and community ownership and control of resources through grassroots organizing in Northern Virginia. control of resources through grassroots organizing in Northern Virginia....
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