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.
RING will activate student leaders in universities across Georgia who work to reduce health disparities through volunteer outreach in each of the state’s 12 economic development regions. Our volunteers will provide one-on-one insurance application assistance, with some RING members serving as Certified Application Counselors under the Affordable Care Act. In these roles, student volunteers will be on the ground helping with enrollment campaign efforts, media management and other aspects of outreach. The organization will mobilize pre-health students through the implementation of major advertising pushes and by hosting health insurance education nights at each partner university, engaging the younger, healthier population in health insurance enrollment.
The operations of RING will be rolled out in two phases. In Phase I, the services provided by RING volunteers will be limited to health insurance enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace and other federal and state health care programs (i.e. Medicaid and CHIP). However, with the knowledge that many of the patients served are likely to have co-existing difficulties accessing other resources, Phase II will expand services to include assistance with housing, transportation, employment, and other needs once they are identified.