Congratulations to El-Hadji Ndiaye, host of WURD’s Radio Xalaat – The African Connection, who was recently selected for special recognition by the White House! On March 25, he will be saluted as one of ten individuals from across the country who are “White House Champions of Change for the Affordable Care Act.”

According to press materials from the White House, these ten Americans were selected for “their leadership and tireless work to ensure that individuals in their community are benefitting from all aspects of the Affordable Care Act. They understand the need to make quality, affordable health care not a privilege, but a right, and have taken action around the country to work toward solutions.”

Off-air, El-Hadji serves as the Neighborhood Program Coordinator for the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), which is responsible for the funding and support of housing and community development programs that benefit low- and moderate-income residents and revitalize neighborhoods. In 2015, El-Hadji helped lead a partnership with BenePhilly to enroll Philadelphians in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the ACA. Under his leadership, hundreds of community members learned about ACA and many signed up for a healthcare plan that met their financial needs.

On air, El-Hadji’s radio program, Radio Xalaat addresses the needs of Philadelphia’s African and Caribbean immigrant and refugee communities, who experience difficulties accessing healthcare and social services due to cultural, geographic, linguistic, and other barriers.

Once again, congratulations to El-Hadji Ndiaye!