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ACAP Leadership in Advocacy Award Honorable Mention Goes to Kimberleigh Smith of Callen-Lorde, Nominated by Amida Care

February 10 2022

On February 8, The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) presented an Honorable Mention for its tenth annual Leadership in Advocacy Award to Kimberleigh Smith, Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. The award celebrates individuals who clearly exceed the norm in advocating for Medicaid and other safety net health programs and on behalf of the individuals these programs serve.  Ms. Smith, who was nominated for the award by Amida Care in recognition of her outstanding work as a public health leader and advocate.

In particular, Ms. Smith was honored for her leadership in the Save New York’s Safety Net Coalition, a statewide alliance of community health clinics, community-based organizations and specialized HIV health plans committed to serving vulnerable New Yorkers across the state, ending the HIV epidemic, and preventing the Medicaid pharmacy carve-out.

ACAP’s 2022 Leadership in Advocacy Award went to Mary Anne Foo, Founder and Executive Director of the Orange County (California) Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA). OCAPICA was founded in 1997 to focus on research, advocacy and education around issues of health within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and has since grown to respond to a wider spectrum of needs of AAPI and other underserved communities.

We congratulate Ms. Foo and Ms. Smith on their recognition for this prestigious award.

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