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Former Head of U.S. Health Dept. To Discuss Affordable Health Care Uptown

By Carolina Pichardo | February 15, 2016 6:26pm
 The panel will focus on communities like Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and The Bronx.
The panel will focus on communities like Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and The Bronx.
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HARLEM — The former head of the federal health department will join a panel discussion this week to talk about affordable health care options for those living Uptown and in The Bronx. 

Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will join one-time presidential adviser Clyde Williams and Dr. Prabhjot Singh, director of the Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mt. Sinai, at the Wednesday event.

The group will discuss President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare, and how it impacts urban communities like Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood and The Bronx, a spokesman for Williams said.

Williams and Singh both live in Harlem and understand firsthand "the health problems and discrepancies in the [urban] community," said the spokesman, Ty Steinhauser.

Williams, who is currently running to replace Rep. Charles Rangel, was the political director of the Democratic National Committee for President Obama and the domestic policy adviser to former President Bill Clinton's foundation. He ran for Rangel's seat congressional seat in 2012

The panel will take place Wednesday from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at East Harlem's Casabe Houses, 150 E. 121st St. Residents are encouraged to RSVP to attend the panel or live stream the discussion through William's Facebook page. They also invited people to submit their affordable care act and health care questions online.