NOHD Fellow Recognized As Affordable Care Act ‘Champion Of Change’ By White House

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) announced that Shelbi Flynn, NOHD fellow and Public Health Associate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be recognized as a “White House Champion of Change for the Affordable Care Act” on Friday, March 25, 2016, at the White House in Washington, D.C.

         Flynn is one of ten individuals from across the country selected for their leadership and tireless work to ensure that individuals in their community are benefitting from all aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

         “During the 2015-2016 open enrollment season, Shelbi was instrumental in our efforts to get residents connected to affordable health coverage,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Her commitment is helping us get closer to our goal of creating healthier neighborhoods in New Orleans where families are safe and can flourish.”

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         Flynn collaborated with dedicated community partners to coordinate the Mayor’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon Healthcare Enrollment Challenge and New Orleans’ first Citywide Day of Enrollment, which featured enrollment events across the city. Building on the successes and partnerships formed in previous years, Shelbi’s work with NOHD contributed to the 40,737 new Marketplace plan selections made by New Orleans metro area residents.

         NOHD Director Charlotte Parent said, “I congratulate Shelbi on this well-deserved recognition. She went above and beyond to ensure that we engaged as many people as possible to get access to quality, affordable healthcare through the Marketplace. We would not be able to serve the residents of this great city if it were not for the dedication of NOHD staff members like her.”

         Previously, Shelbi supported NOHD’s Fit NOLA initiative, a collective impact project working across six sectors to promote physical activity and improved nutrition.  Shelbi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies.

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