Salt Lake Community Action Program Health Policy Advocate to Be Honored as a Community Champion

Salt Lake County (May 3, 2010) – Salt Lake CAP advocate Shelia Walsh-McDonald is being honored for her work as a Healthcare Policy Advocate for Utah’s poor at the annual Community Champion Awards dinner hosted by Molina Health Care.

The awards are given to individuals that inspire others through selflessness and contributions that positively affect the lives of those around them. Walsh-McDonald is a hero on the front lines of the war on poverty every day as a public policy advocate. Shelia is a champion for those who need an advocate the most.

This is the 3rd annual Community Champions Awards ceremony held by Molina Healthcare. It will be held Wednesday May 19th at the Utah Cultural Celebration center. Awards are given to advocacy and civic leaders, educators, faith-based organizations, healthcare media agencies, support groups or service clubs and volunteers. Nominees are juried based upon their community involvement, achievements and qualities or contributions by which they help improve the quality of life in their community.

 “Sheila is a passionate advocate who combines her years of policy experience with empathy and understanding of our low-income community,” says Whitney Barrow who works under the advisement of Walsh-McDonald.

Walsh-McDonald began working for the Salt Lake Community Action Program in 1992 as a Contract Compliance Specialist. She is well-known in to those on Capitol Hill as a staunch advocate for Utah’s poor.

Award recipients are given a $1000 grant to further their work in the community. Salt Lake CAP will put the money towards the PCN enrollment program to assist low-income adults to afford health insurance. . Salt Lake CAP is an anti-poverty agency working in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties. Salt Lake CAP was founded as part of the War on Poverty in 1964.

Molina Healthcare is one of three state approved contractors for Medicaid and Medicare.

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