Nancy Gomez, a "tireless worker for the right of access to health care for all"

We are proud of the amazing staff we have at Health Access California, who are small in numbers but very smart, savvy and effective, working with our broader coalition.

This weekend, we are glad that one of our talented organizers has been recognized by a major newspaper: our own Nancy Gomez, our Southern California organizer, is profiled as an “outstanding woman” this weekend in La Opinion. In the article, Nancy is correctly described as “a tireless worker for the right of access to health care for all, including universal basic rights.”

The article describes Nancy’s background, from her degree in medical sociology to her time in the U.S. Navy, from her experience working to help provide social services to those with AIDS and other issues, before becoming an organizer with Health Access, and running our Los Angeles office. It goes on, in Spanish:

“Después de que me gradué de la universidad, supe que quería trabajar en lugares donde pudiera servir a gente con enfermedades crónicas o en desventaja económica o social”, afirmó Gómez.

A partir del 2008, la trabajadora social se unió a Health Access, una agencia dedicada a promover la campaña Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) en el estado de California. “Esta campaña tenia como meta lograr que los Estados Unidos se tuviera un sistema de cobertura médica universal para todas las personas en el país”, comentó la maestra en sociología.

Gómez añadió: “Trabajamos dos años sin parar para educar a la comunidad, para entrevistarnos con congresistas y abogar para poder conseguir que pasara la ley. No logramos conseguir todas nuestras metas, pero si logramos pasar una ley con un impacto muy poderoso para toda la población. Cosa que no se había logrado desde la Ley de Medicare hace mas de 40 años.”

Una trabajadora incansable por el derecho al acceso al cuidado médico para todos, entre otros derechos básicos universales, Gómez dice que no descansará en pelear por lo que es justo, porque para ella su trabajo significa “que todo el tiempo y energía que he brindado a mis diferentes tareas laborales han dado fruto y han ayudado a cambiar y mejorar vidas para las personas que carecen de oportunidades, ya sea por su nivel económico, educacional o social.”

Here’s a rough translation of this excerpt (with help from GoogleTranslate):

“After I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to work in places where I could serve people with chronic illness or economic or social disadvantage,” said Gomez.

Since 2008, the social worker joined Health Access, an agency leading the Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) campaign in the state of California. “This campaign was to ensure that the United States has a system of universal health coverage for everyone in the country,” she said.

Gomez added: “We worked two years without stopping, to educate the community, and to meet with congressmen and policymakers, all to pass this new law. We did not achieve every one our goals, but we did pass a law with a powerful impact for the entire population–something that had not been achieved since the Medicare Act over 40 years ago.”

Congratulations, Nancy! Well-deserved!

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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