In January 2012, Families USA, the national organization for health-care consumers, presented its Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award to Adam Searing, director of the Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition. Families USA honored Adam for his fierce defense of health-care consumers in North Carolina, his efforts to educate North Carolinians about federal health care reform, and his accomplishment in helping to defeat legislation that would have hurt implementation of health reform in the state.
“Adam is the kind of advocate that my staff calls the ‘whole package’ in terms of consumer advocacy,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. “When we work with Adam, we marvel at his innovative and creative use of media and online advocacy, his broad understanding of health care policy, and his ability to bring it all together in coalition building.”
Above: Adam Searing, director of the Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition, speaks at Families USA’s conference in Washington, DC in January 2012.