First Lady Invites CAN TV Nonprofit Member to State of the Union Address

Cedric Rowland of Chicago-based Near North Health Services Corporation (NNHSC) was a guest of Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address.  Rowland was invited in recognition of his successful work to advance the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.  As NNHSC’s lead navigator, he helps people find the best health care plan.

Since the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, NNHSC has used CAN TV’s interactive bulletin board channel, CAN TV42, to encourage uninsured Chicagoans to sign up for health care coverage.  Just two weeks after posting their first message, NNHSC had already received close to 400 phone calls from people seeking insurance.

Reaching out to Chicagoans through CAN TV was an easy choice for NNHSC.  Since 2003, it has successfully taken advantage of CAN TV services to promote free HIV screenings, free men’s health screenings, diabetes fairs and other health initiatives.