This post was written by Lauren Shear
George Washington women's soccer Erin Boudreau attended the Millennial Outreach and Engagement Summit at the White House last week. At the summit, she worked with Senior White House and Administration Officials to help spread the word to young people about healthcare, insurance coverage, and healthcare enrollment options.
Boudreau is on the Leader Team for The Grassroot Project (TPG), a program started by Division I student-athletes that uses the popular platform of sports to empower at-risk young people with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy lives. Young Invisibles, a local nonprofit that focuses on empowering young people with information about healthcare, invited Boudreau and another TGP leader to attend the summit.
At the summit, Boudreau listened to two panel discussions that allowed young leaders to share tactics, plans, and best practices to engage college and university campuses in enrollment efforts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nationwide. Members of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education and Denis McDonough, President Obama's Chief of Staff, were in attendance.
"Representative spoke about how their organizations reach out to young Americans to inform them and connect them to healthcare," said Boudreau. "This summit was appropriately timed because open enrollment for 2017 coverage begins on November 1. A couple of the organizations I really enjoyed learning about was Funny or Die and Whitman Walker."
As a public health major, Boudreau was able to expand on her studies from the classroom and see how health care issues are discussed among top governmental officials.
"Many of the organizations shared very interesting tactics on how they reach young Americans like videos, funny graphics, and meeting them at happy hours, bars and in the workplace. Since I am not yet looking for my own healthcare coverage, I wasn't aware of the big push to get young Americans coverage. After listening to discussions about the ACA I now know there are so many resources out there for young Americans."
Boudreau has served as an active leader for TGP throughout her career at GW.