African Services' Supervising Attorney Kate Webster and Co-Executive Director Kim Nichols successfully pushed for a major change in the scope of NYC Ryan-White Funding, according to an announcement released by Public Health Solutions on May 12, 2015, titled "Legal Services for Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain PRUCOL Status," which states:
"Effective March 1, 2015, NYC DOHMH and PHS will allow for reimbursement of immigration matters in Ryan White-funded Legal Services (ADV) programs for the purpose of obtaining PRUCOL (Permanent Residence Under Color of Law) status for undocumented Ryan White clients."
ASC's Founding Father and Co-Executive Director, Asfaha Hadera, cooked up some traditional Ethiopian cuisine at ASC's kitchen in Harlem, May 21st, in preparation for a small dinner in honor of the major supporters of African Services. The event marked ASC's formal announcement of our capital campaign to acquire our own permanent building in 2015.
Over a feast full of delectable dishes and wine, attendees heard about our plans and carried them on for discussion with like-minded individuals to be newly invited into our capital giving circle.
ASC, now in our fourth decade of operations, has grown to become the largest and most sought-out African community service organization in New York City.
African Services Committee applauds Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and her colleagues for introducing the Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2015.
The HEAL Act removes the five year ban that prevents certain lawfully present individuals from accessing coverage through Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as removing the restrictions that prevent individuals granted deferred action from receiving subsidized coverage through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.
Immigrant women, the backbone of their families and communities, are more likely to be low-income, of reproductive age, and uninsured for healthcare. Individuals without health insurance may delay treatment, leading to higher costs and greater suffering, or seek care through under-resourced emergency systems such as Emergency Medicaid.
African Services Committee was honored to be awarded 2015 Service Organization of the Year recently at WomenWerk's Gala. ASC's Case Manager and Policy Advocate Bakary Tandia accepted the award on behalf of Founder and Co-executive Director Asfaha Hadera, who could not attend.
"The profile of the event was greatly heightened by the exceptional achievements of the honorees and the remarkable presence of Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate and Councilman Mark Levine. The City Council Proclamation presented to WomenWerk by the latter was in appreciation of its creative leadership and its noble mission," Tandia said.