to Change Health Care
Everyday people, including patients, their families and community members, are shut out of meaningful participation in health care systems planning and policymaking.
The Foundation sees a need to build and nurture the field of organizers and advocates actively engaged in shaping people-centered systemic health care change.
In response to this challenge, the Foundation launched a pilot organizing and leadership program called Leaders in Action to Change Health Care (LIA). The first cohort of eleven participants represent a range of individuals: ages 23 to 73; from all parts of the state, including the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds; and, individual advocates, as well as people embedded in allied organizations.
The LIA program aims to develop and support a vibrant network of empowered leaders to act as catalysts for change through a focus on:
- People-Centered Systemic Change: In order to achieve quality, affordable health care and better health for all Connecticut residents, the health and well-being of everyday people must be at the heart of system-wide change.
- Shifting the Dialog: To inspire hope and ignite collective action, we must shift the public discussion from health care as a commodity to health care as a public good and human right.
- Building an Empowered Leadership Network: A sustained effort to achieve people-centered change must be led and supported by an organized network of leaders who are able to bring people along, build strategic alliances, ignite action and wield power.