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SFCC Atlanta Co-convener, Carlis Williams named new Federal Executive Board Atlanta Chairperson

by on September 17, 2013

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SFCC Atlanta Co-convener, Carlis Williams is named new Federal Executive Board Chairperson.  Ms. Williams currently holds the title of Southeast Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region IV which covers the eight Southeastern states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. ACF oversees and provides funding for a broad range of programs for all children and families with special emphasis on those who are disadvantaged, including the low income, developmentally disabled, refugees, and immigrants, to help them develop and grow toward a more independent, self-reliant life.

Williams has embraced the opportunity to serve as the new Chairperson of the FEB. In accepting this position her promise is to strengthen interagency collaborations, communications, and mutual support among the federal agencies in Atlanta.

The FEB’s outgoing Chairperson is Mr. Jim McSweeney.

Although the Atlanta FEB faces a number of critically important challenges. For example, the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of President Obama’s signature initiatives, which is scheduled to offer health insurance enrollment beginning October 1, 2013.  This is a critically important initiative for every federal agency, and  members of the Atlanta FEB must explore the whole range of creative strategies for connecting America’s uninsured citizens to the health benefits available through the ACA. Currently 44 million disadvantaged and uninsured adults, youth and children, many of whom reside in the Southeast, are soon to be in a position to enroll and receive health insurance coverage through the ACA. These people are the most vulnerable of our society, and they have been placed under FEB stewardship. As such, Williams believes that it is not only FEBs official duty, but also its moral responsibility to get the word out far and wide on the ACA, and connect the ACA’s benefits to those who so desperately need them. As Chairperson of the Atlanta FEB, Williams looks forward to working with federal partners, to ensure maximum access to and utilization of the ACA’s health insurance and health coverage benefits.

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