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HHC Employee Participates in
White House Youth Summit
Queens Hospital’s Rachelle Ocampo Helps to Inform
Young Uninsured Americans
Queens Hospital Center’s Rachelle Peraz Ocampo was
one of 160 youth leaders recently selected from across
the country to attend a White House Youth Summit in
Washington D.C.
At the Summit, President Obama delivered remarks
on getting young people to participate in the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) and urged the youth
leaders in attendance to raise awareness about the
new healthcare law. Ocampo met with other youth
leaders to discuss issues relevant to their respective
communities and took part in a series of panels and
breakout workshops with administration officials.
“The event was an opportunity to brainstorm ideas
about how to engage and educate youth about the new
law,” says Ocampo, a Health Educator at Queens Cancer
Center (QCC). “As an Asian-American, it was important
for me to share my personal experiences with the ACA
and make my voice heard at the White House.”
Rachelle Peraz Ocampo
at the White House

Using the lessons she learned at the White House Summit, Ocampo encouraged youth to
sign up for health insurance on February 15, National Youth Enrollment Day. Along with
other young leaders, Ocampo participated in events and social media campaigns to inform
the uninsured about their options under the new law.
In her position with QCC, Ocampo educates providers on tobacco control for Queens Quits
Tobacco Cessation Center. In her community, she heads a nonprofit organization called
Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro). Ocampo also co-hosts Makilala, the first
Filipino-American television talk show on Queens Public Television.
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