The mission of RING is to build student leaders in universities across Georgia and reduce disparities in health by connecting underserved populations with health insurance and other basic social, medical, and foundational resources.
- Emory University Urban Health Initiative (UHI)
- Georgians for a Healthy Future
- United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Affordable Care Act requires every documented resident of the United States to have health insurance by January 1, 2014. Health insurance keeps people from using hospital emergency rooms, the costliest sites of care, as their primary care providers and promotes the early detection of chronic diseases. Despite the efforts of the federal government, states, and the newly established health insurance marketplaces, many remain unaware of the health insurance options available to them. Underserved populations, like those found in safety-net hospitals and low-income housing neighborhoods, face even further barriers accessing basic resources.
RING is here to help! RING builds leadership opportunities for bright and motivated student volunteers. Students team up with these individuals to fight the uphill battle in gaining access to health insurance and fufilling fundamental needs.
RING is committed to reducing health disparities throughout Georgia by training student leaders to participate in volunteer outreach, raise awareness of health resources, and assist consumers in health insurance application and enrollment. Some RING members will serve as Certified Application Counselors (CAC) and walk consumers through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. They will also help consumers enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). In order to reach more people, RING plans to expand across the state by involving major colleges and universities.
Along with enrolling individuals in health insurance plans, RING members will educate and connect these people to services that could improve their standard of living. These include federally-subsidized housing, transportation services, food stamps, and employment. Student volunteers will be on the ground helping with enrollment campaign efforts, media management, and other aspects of outreach. These include advertisement events and health insurance education nights at each partner university. Through these activities, younger, healthier people will be actively engaged in health insurance enrollment.