The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) today announced that Chicago resident Quinnita Bellows has won its second annual Scholarship Essay Contest. Bellows, a sophomore at Grinnell College, participated in the contest through Family Health Network of Chicago. Ms. Bellows is working towards an undergraduate degree in psychology at Grinnell and aspires to earn a doctorate in the field.
Ms. Bellows’ essays detail the close relationship she and her family forged with their family physician and the doctor’s connection to Family Health Network. Her physician made a concerted effort to deliver patient-centered care by taking time to explain health issues and treatment options, and engaged Ms. Bellows and her family by being willing to discuss topics inside and outside the traditional boundaries of health care. “[My doctor] made me extremely comfortable talking about personal things… her care, commitment and passion are some of the many reasons why I want to pursue a career in the medical field.”
“Sometimes a doctor’s lending an ear can make a bigger difference than writing a prescription – being sensitive to the needs of patients is a hallmark of high-quality care,” said Family Health Network President Keith Kudla. “We’re tremendously proud of Quinnita’s achievements. She would make a terrific psychologist; in fact, I have no doubt that she would excel in the field of her choice.
Ms. Bellows was honored today at a ceremony at Family Health Network’s Chicago offices. Among the attendees were family, friends, Family Health Network executives and case managers, and several representatives of ACAP from Washington, D.C.
“You can summarize most people’s hopes for the future in one phrase: ‘being the best you can be.’ Quinnita’s efforts to make the most of her opportunities
inspire all of us,” said Margaret A. Murray, ACAP CEO. “But for many, these opportunities would be out of reach without a vibrant social safety net. Safety Net Health Plans like Family Health Network play a critical role in delivering quality care to vulnerable, low-income populations—and helping people get and stay healthy goes a long way toward making the most of the opportunities that come their way.”
ACAP will issue a call for applications for its 2013 Scholarship Essay Contest next spring.
ACAP represents 58 nonprofit Safety Net Health Plans in 25 states, which collectively serve nearly ten million people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other public health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.