Nevada activist honored by White House

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Updated: 3/20/2012 11:59 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada activist who spent decades advocating for the poor, women's health issues and racial equality is being honored by the White House for her work to improve access to health care.

Jan Gilbert will be honored on Wednesday with nine others who were chosen as "champions of change" for their efforts to explain the benefits of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

A Washoe County resident, Gilbert is a co-founder of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. A former elementary school teacher, she is also a co-founder of the Nevada Empowered Women's Project, a nonprofit group representing low-income women.

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