A couple of weeks ago, Amy Lynn Smith posted about an upcoming awards dinner being hosted by the amazing organization Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MICHUHCAN) is a state-wide network that promotes comprehensive health care for everyone. When she posted it, I said in the comments, “Hopefully Amy Lynn Smith is up for an award from this group. She’s my health care hero : )” Little did we know at the time but that is exactly what has happened. Amy Lynn Smith has been chosen as one of four awardees along with State Senator Vincent Gregory, Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman, and St. Peter’s Free Clinic Hillsdale Executive Director Jill Pavka.
This is a high honor and Amy is in quite esteemed company. I hope all of our readers will join me in telling her how proud we are of her and how much she deserves to be honored in this way. It’s easy to stand on the sidelines and shout at anti-Obamacare nitwits. Anyone can do that. Amy has shown how important the Affordable Care Act is, how critical Medicaid Expansion was, and, most importantly, how it is having a very real, very positive impact on the lives of our fellow Michiganders every day.
Congratulations, Amy! You’re a hero and then some!
If you are interested in attending the dinner which will feature a keynote speech by the amazing Wendell Potter, you can purchase tickets HERE.
Amy got another bit of exciting news this week. The closing night program of Netroots Nation this year will once again include something called “Ignite” presentations. Raven Brooks, Executive Director of Netroots Nation described it this way:
Once again we’ll be closing Netroots Nation 2014 with an engaging, fast-paced keynote that will inspire and entertain. Using the Ignite format, each speaker will be given 5 minutes to talk, while 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds are shown on the screen.
We’ll feature between 12 and 14 of these presentations over the course of the evening.
People interested in presenting an Ignite presentations had to submit a “pitch” video. Amy did submit a pitch and learned this week that she was selected as one of the handful of presenters. As you might expect, she’ll be talking about health care and the Affordable Care Act. Here’s her pitch:
Once again, Amy, a hearty congratulations. On behalf of everyone at Eclectablog, we’re so very proud of you. Keep being awesome.