July 26, 2023
For Immediate Release
Daniela Cerón, Policy & Communications Associate
Latino Commission on AIDS
Durham, North Carolina – Latinos in the South, a program of the Latino
Commission on AIDS, is pleased to announce the continuation of their Medicaid expansion efforts for Latinx communities in North Carolina, thanks to an additional $120,000 in grant funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
With this grant funding Latinos in the South aims to continue participatory organizing and education efforts for Latinx communities to become stakeholders in Medicaid expansion efforts. The team will work in partnership with Latinx stakeholders to ensure outreach, enrollment materials, and efforts are equitable and well-resourced.
In March 2023, North Carolina became the 40th state to expand Medicaid .The legislation is expected to provide health coverage to more than 600,000 North Carolinians. For Latinx families, who are often mixed-status, increased coverage and access to healthcare for a single family member will have positive ripple effects upon the rest of the family unit, especially for individuals living with HIV.
Joaquín Carcaño, director of southern health policy at the Latino Commission on AIDS, commented, “Comprehensive healthcare coverage is a crucial piece of health and HIV justice work. We are excited for this next chapter of advocacy work in North Carolina that Medicaid expansion offers and the opportunities ahead to continue to build and invest in healthy, thriving communities across the state.”
As new information on Medicaid expansion in North Carolina becomes available Latinos in the South will continue to expand partnerships with Spanish-language media from across the state to encourage coverage, editorials, and elevate healthcare policy for communities by providing training resources in Spanish and inviting media to stakeholder tables for broader community reach and impact.
In the next year, Latinos in the South will host various community engagement and outreach events, to help develop skills, knowledge and resources to equip partners and empower them to combat inequities in healthcare policy and be directly involved in coalition work.