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August 21, 2013

Jobs available under Obama health law in Illinois

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The job listing says the applicant "should possess experience with canvassing/community organizing, program recruitment and retention, public speaking, as well as event planning, logistics, and marketing/communications."

"One of the things we know is that we need to meet the community members who are uninsured and underinsured at the places they convene. So we'll be working with existing social and civic networks: black clubs, churches, the alderman's office — that's always a great place to network with the clients we're trying to educate," said Executive Director Malik Nevels, executive director of the group, which is working with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. The United Way received $1.3 million for its in-person counselor project, among the largest of the Illinois grants.

Nevels said his group will hold a series of town hall meetings in the Chicago neighborhoods of Auburn Gresham, Chatham, and Greater Grand Crossing. "It's consistent with our mission in terms of improving health outcomes for African American communities. One of the determinants of health is affordable health insurance," he said.

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