Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr. Talks About Importance of the Affordable Care Act at the Sankofa Education Alliances’ Annual Harambee Conference

Posted by SPMG Media on September 21, 2013 under Affordable Care Act, Healthcare - Events, Healthcare News, National Policy | Be the First to Comment

Friday, September 20, 2013,  Dr. Chris Hickey followed Dr. Eric Dyson in giving his presentation at the Sankofa Education Alliance Annual Harambee Conference in Washington D.C. The focus of his presentation was to explore and share perspectives relevant to the most significant and important questions and considerations that the African-American community needs to consider with respect to preparing for, and taking full advantage of The Affordable Care Act mandate. The presentation was very well received.

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Training for California’s Version of the Affordable Healthcare Act

Posted by SPMG Media on June 27, 2013 under Community Action, Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Leadership, National Policy, News | Be the First to Comment


Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. is in training this week on California’s version of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Covered California. He is part of a team that will be training Community Outreach and Education groups throughout California.

Unlocking Patient Engagement through Innovation – Dr. Hickey at the Engage Conference in Washington, DC

Posted by SPMG Media on June 6, 2013 under Community Action, Education Leadership, Educational Technology, Leadership, National Policy, News, Research Corner | Be the First to Comment


Day 2 of the Engage Conference: “Unlocking Patient Engagement through Innovation.” This morning’s Keynote is the Honorable Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman, 17th Congressional District of California. His topic is: “Mobile Health and What the Healthcare Industry Must Do to better serve Patients.”

According to an April 2012 Pew report, “… 88% of American adults age 18 and older have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.”

Update From Dr. HIckey at Datapalooza Conference

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Entrepreneurs and other innovators struggle to crack our 2.6 trillion dollar health care industry despite near universal agreement that quality and cost of our system lags significantly behind other countries. This panel of business, policy…, and technology experts described atypical market forces that constrained the investment and options for transforming America’s health care system. As a remedy, they shared how the enhanced data liquidity will power the informed-decision making and information technology-enabled business that bring disruption to the marketplace.

I feel that not only is this a significant issue in this county, it is of particular concern to me how underserved communities will remain relevant and involved  in the reshaping of the health information-sharing landscape”, said Dr. Hickey.
The panelists: Dick Foster, Dean, Datapalooza Business School; Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and, Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University. The facilitator was, Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. Attends Datapalooza Conference in Washington D.C in an Effort to Simplify the Affordable Care Act Through Upcoming Community Awareness Dialogues

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Los Angeles, CA – June, 2 2013 – This week Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. attends Datapalooza Conference in Washington DC. During his stay, he has schedule several meetings with key individuals at the Department of Health and Human Services and will gain greater insight into the multiple benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This information and the connections will serve Dr. Hickey’s upcoming Community Awareness Dialogues and simplify the understanding of the Affordable Care Act for underserved communities.

In preparation for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr., Executive Director of Each One-Teach One: Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success - an Educational and Community Awareness nonprofit – is gaining more insight into the multiple benefits of the Affordable Care Act, along with the importance of utilizing the collected health data.

Clearly, this is an important and relevant issue for our community. We must understand the value and requirements to conduct our own research on our community. We cannot rely on research conducted in other communities to be relevant to our particulars, nor should we rely on others to conduct adequate and relevant research for us. I hope to learn how others are benefiting from the use of “local health data” and construct ways to implement the same in our communities,” said Dr. Hickey.

The Health Data Consortium (HDC), the group organizing Health Datapalooza IV, encourages the creation of a health data “ecosystem” that promotes and accelerates the innovative use of health data. The Consortium is a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and use of health data to drive innovations that improve health and health care. The Consortium advocates data best practices and information sharing with data providers, and works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and academia to help them understand how to use data to develop new products, services, apps, and research insights.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010 and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Among the most sweeping reforms to the healthcare system in U.S. history, the ACA will increase access to healthcare for as many as 30 million Americans and eliminate insurers’ ability to deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Dr. Hickey is leading the charge in disseminating the Affordable Care Act through a series of upcoming Community Awareness Dialogues to be held throughout Southern California. These dialogues: Affordable Care Act: Its Implementation and Our Community, will include health experts and prominent community leaders and will cover key components, requirements, and opportunities, as well as provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members. To stay informed on these upcoming dialogues, forward your email to chickey@e1t1.org.

About Each One-Teach One: Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success

Each One-Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success is an organization that focuses its efforts on heightening community awareness of the importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth. Learn more at http://www.e1t1.org.

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Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards, poll says

Posted by SPMG Media on May 21, 2013 under Education Leadership, Educational Policy, National Policy, News | Be the First to Comment

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers released Friday by the American Federation of Teachers.

The new standards, written by a group of states and embraced by the Obama administration, set common goals for reading, writing and math skills that students should develop from kindergarten through high school graduation. Curriculum is left to the states. The standards emphasize critical thinking and problem solving and are supposed to encourage students to think deeply about fewer topics.

While a clear majority —  75 percent — of teachers surveyed by the union said they support the Common Core, less than one-third said their school districts have given them the training and resources to teach to the new standards.

Many states have begun implementing the standards. All participating states are expected to have them in place by 2014, when students will take new standardized tests based on the Common Core. READ MORE

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. Attends the 5th Annual Black Male Think Tank

Posted by SPMG Media on May 17, 2013 under Community Influence on Education, Education Leadership, Educational Reform, Leadership, Mentoring Youth, National Policy, News | Be the First to Comment

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Dr. Hickey (pictured here with Tyrone Howard, Executive Director, UCLA Black Male Institute) recently attended the 5th Annual Black Male Think Tank, hosted by the Los Angeles Urban League, UCLA Black Male Institute and the California Community Foundation, Thursday, May 9, 2013.

The theme of this years’ event was ‘Solutions Not Suspensions’. This event was billed as a collaborative effort to promote positive behavioral interventions and supports. The goal of this event was to:

  • Highlight best practices, programs and policies that reduce punitive school discipline practices and policies
  • To facilitate dialogue and collaboration across various sectors in order to accelerate efforts that reduce school discipline
  • To establish ongoing collaborative connections between multiple sectors to reduce school discipline.


Rep. Karen Bass speaks to her community

Posted by Chris L. Hickey, Sr on December 22, 2011 under National Policy | Be the First to Comment

Rep. Karen Bass

Rep. Karen Bass

Eloquent, articulate, and committed are just a few of the words to describe the message, delivered to a standing room only attentive crowd, by the U.S. Congress member Karen Bass (33rd district). On December 21st Rep. Bass address her engaged constituents at the Holman Methodist Church in Los Angeles on her 2011 Year in Review. The tone of the evening was appropriately set by the harmonic vocals of the New Directions Veteran Choir, who more than impressed the audience with their a cappella rendition of “Did you ever know that you’re my hero” which they dedicated to Rep. Bass and “Ole man River.” The more than 150 men, women and children of all ethnicities were impressively engaged and receptive to the messages Bass was prepared to deliver from the Nation’s Capital. Bass began her remarks by expressing her appreciation for being back at home among friends, supporters and good music, such as that of the New Directions Veteran Choir. She reflected on how such experiences give her the will to take on the challenges in Washington. She boasted, “I can take this energy and go back there and do combat with them any day.” Before she delved into her scheduled report on the highlights of the year she digressed a bit to shed light on what she described as the three most pressing congressional issues affecting the country today: 1. Unemployment for 160 million Americans is going to run out in the next couple of weeks. She states that, “…these are people who have been on unemployment for a long time, and they need us to pass legislation to extend their unemployment insurance…” 2. The President, as part of his jobs act, want to have a payroll tax cut extended into next year. 3. Doctors who take care of patients who are on Medicare will have their pay cut if Congress does not pass legislation by the end of the month. This is likely to have these doctors decide not to take care of Medicare patients. She went on to explain that the Senate had not come to an agreement to extend these three items for a year. However, they did agree to extend them for two months. She further explained that while House Speaker Boehner seemed to be initially willing to go along with the Senate version of the bill, covering these three issues, the Tea Party has seen fit to thwart the passage of the Senate bill, in favor of a much less desirable bill. In the Tea Party’s (original) bill, unemployment would be extended for a year with the following conditions: 1. Unemployment benefits would be cut in half. Recipients would only be able to receive unemployment for half the number of weeks. 2. Recipients would have to pass a drug test before qualifying for unemployment. 3. Recipients who did not have a high school diploma would have to obtain a GED before qualifying for unemployment benefits. After some final comments about how these sorts of things should serve to awaken the voters of the consequences of electing individuals into public office who are so beholding to their ideology, they are willing to “…take the economy to the brink of ruin”, Congress member Bass was able to start her discussion on the 2011 Highlights. She began by expressing her appreciation for the overwhelming turnout for her District Swearing-in Ceremony on January 30th presided by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She also spoke about her ability to get bipartisan collaboration on issues related to foster care legislation. Additionally, she has provided support for job creation and small businesses; and assisting in “organizing thousands of constituents into the 33rd congressional council. She went on to share, “One of the highlights for me, certainly this year, was to be able to go to the Oval Office at the invitation of the White House, while legislation was signed to extend resources and services in the foster care arena.” Her legislation highlights included the Foster Care Mentoring Act which provides for student loan forgiveness if a student is willing to be a mentor to children in the foster care system. The balance of the evening was replete with other legislation highlights that Rep. Bass has been directly involved. Additionally, she shared with the group the various town halls she has participated in over the year, including: 1. April 7 – Virtual Town Hall: Update on Federal Budget Negotiations. 2. July 21 – Los Angeles Small Business Day with the Small Business Administration. 3. August 14 – Health Care Reform Town Hall with HHS Region IX Director Herb Schultz. 4. August 31 – Job Fair with Congressional Black Caucus 5. September 8 – Virtual Town Hall: President’s Address on Jobs to a Joint Session of Congress 6. September 28 – Education Reform Town Hall with Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlyn Ali 7. November 21 – Honoring the Contribution of Women Veterans. Rep. Bass then address specific questions during a 30-minute Q&A. Follow the work and commitment of Representative Bass at: http://karenbass.house.gov/ and http://www.facebook.com/RepKarenBass

National Council on Educating Black Children Convention 2009

Posted by NCEBC on May 8, 2009 under Achievement Gap Events, Community Action, Education Is A Civil Right, Educational Policy, Leadership, Mentoring Youth, National Policy, Parent Involvement | Be the First to Comment

The following notes from the NCEBC 2009 Convention are taken from the original daily conference newsletters edited by Gwendolyn J. Kelley.


Teachers, administrators, parents and community members convened at the Bethesda Marriott Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland in the Washington, D.C. area for NCEBC’s 23rd National Convention.

Beginning with a Call for Action, delegates gathered in the White Flint Amphitheater to hear details about the NCEBC Active Programs that are outgrowths of the organization’s work. National Board Members presented an overview of initiatives that attendees can support this year.

  • National Literacy Center Partnerships – Currently  Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi have programs.
  • State Black Male Action Plans – Twenty-two states have activated plans.
  • Parent University Curriculum – Modules include the role of parents and families in educations, the strengths of African American families and communities, a review of federal programs and training on how to organize for transformation.
  • Blueprint for Action – This flagship document fuels 10 identified stakeholder groups to work on improving literacy, mentoring, data collection, parent empowerment, student voices, raising awareness to “build a coalition of the willing”, and bringing communities together to transform the educational system for African American children. Black males in particular.
  • Research Coordinator – NCEBC houses data that reveals our needs to focus specific areas related to student achievement.


Highlights for the day included dynamic speakers, a parent summit, 10 concurrent sessions over a wide choice of relevant topics, and work on State Black Male Action Plan (BMAP).

Dr. Eric Cooper and Dr. Yvette Jackson presented research, theory and practice based on high expectations for Black students. They included diverse strategies to build understanding about how to engage students with instruction based on cognitive development principles.

The keynote address by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Education Policy Chair of President Barack Obama’s Transition Team, highlighted alarming statistics, instructional inequalities, promising practices and key priorities that everyone can use to lobby legislators to help create excellent and equitable educational experiences for all students.

DAY THREE: A VISIT FROM THE WHITEHOUSE (Contributed by Chris L. Hickey, Sr.)

The highlight of the day was a visit by Arnie Duncan, The Unites States Secretary of Education for President Barack Obama.

The morning session began with a PowerPoint slide show on State Male Action Plan issues. The issues listed were:

  • Low academic achievement on State Assessments
  • Disproportionately in Special Education
  • School expulsion and suspensions
  • Low graduation rates
  • Juvenile incarcerations
  • Black Male homicides and suicides

Western Regional Council On Educating Black Children represented at the National Conference

Posted by WRCEBC on April 28, 2009 under Academic Achievement Gap, Achievement Gap Events, Education Is A Civil Right, Leadership, National Policy | Be the First to Comment

The Western Regional Council on Educating Black Children has sent a delegation to the National Council on Educating Black Children’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C. 

Representing the local group are two parents from LAUSD, the President of WRCEBC, a representative from the business community, and two National Board Members.  This will also represent Western Regionals first use of Twitter to documents some of the event.  Members of WRCEBC can follow Twitter posts at: http://twitter.com/wrcebc.

WRCEBC has also lauched this week a Wiki to assist in the project management of their own 2010 Annual Summit. The Wiki can be reached at: http://wrcebc.pbwiki.com.