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Iowa's Organizing for America hosts National Health Care Day of Service all across Iowa



Iowa's Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee that is building grassroots support for President Obama's agenda for change, will hold health care service related events all across Iowa this Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th as part of the National Health Care Day of Service. 

During the various events, OFA volunteers will participate in health walks, offer free blood pressure checks at local fairs, collect health care stories, hold health care panel discussions, encourage their neighbors to have their voices heard among other service related events.  These events are just a few of the thousands of health care service events that OFA is organizing across the country.

The National Health Care Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, a new initiative announced by President Obama that is challenging all Americans to help lay a new foundation for growth by engaging in sustained, meaningful community service in four key areas: health care, energy, education, and community renewal. The United We Serve summer initiative began on June 22nd and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th.

"With each passing day, the reality we face here in Iowa and throughout the country is another day lost for those 45 million American's without health insurance and the countless others being priced out of the system or denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions," said Derek Eadon, Iowa Organizing for America State Director. "This weekend's health care service events in Iowa gives volunteers an opportunity to take action around health care issues in their own communities and continue to engage people in frank conversations about the urgent need for reform."

On June 6th, tens of thousands of people attended OFA's Health Care Kickoffs in all 50 states. During these meetings, participants talked about the urgent need for health care reform and crafted a plan to garner grassroots support for President Obama's core principles - lowering costs, preserving choice and increasing access.  OFA organized a nationwide pledge drive to demonstrate support for the President's budget and has conducted hundreds of "Listening Tours" around the country during the past several weeks. These Tours are an opportunity to engage people on the issues they care about and discuss the best ways to build support for President Obama's policy priorities in their local communities.

Suggested Health Care Service Event for press to attend is below:



When: Saturday, June 27th

Time:    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

What:    Iowans will educate neighbors, family and friends about the need for health care reform and document their stories to send to Washington.

Where: Downtown Farmers Market

Main Street Station
(West Main Street)
Ames, IA 50010

Cedar Falls

When: Sunday, June 28th

Time:    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM CT

What:    Free blood pressure checks, bottled water, and massages will be offered during the street fair for Sturgis Falls Day. Organizing for America volunteers will also share information about health care reform and give Iowans the opportunity to share their health stories and sign a petition in support of health care reform.

Where: Overman Park

Franklin Street
Between 3rd and 4th streets
Cedar Falls, IA 50613



When: Saturday, June 27th

Time:    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

What:    Ottumwa Health Walk (National Health Care Day of Service).  The health walk will begin in the southwest corner of the ball diamonds at Ottumwa Park and loop around the lagoon for two miles.  If Iowans bring a can of vegetables or fruit they will receive a coupon for a free yogurt parfait provided by McDonald's.

Where: Ottumwa Park 

Ottumwa, IA 52501

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