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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to Connecticut nonprofits to help more people gain access to better care, including physical, mental, and oral health care, especially for people of color. Funding is intended to increase the diversity of consumers participating in health reform engagement and advocacy.
Including the voices of consumers of color in health reform means that:
- The needs, values, and preferences of consumers that experience health inequities will be represented and reflected in opportunities to change the health care system
- Leaders of color will become even more effective messengers for health equity in health reform
- Bridges between health care systems and consumers of color will be built or strengthened
Applicants and proposed projects must meet at least one of the following objectives that support the Foundation’s strategic goal to leverage opportunities to advance health equity in reforming health care:
1. Advocate for health insurance coverage and navigation support systems that will maintain and increase coverage, and improve access to care.
2. Advocate for increased and improved collection, stratification, reporting, and use of race, ethnicity and language (REL) data from existing commercial and public data systems (e.g. All Payers Claims Database, Access Health Connecticut, Medicaid, commercial carriers, state agencies, etc.) to identify and address inequities.
3. Commission high quality, credible policy analysis and use findings to do two or more of the following:
- Increase the knowledge base about a health issue amenable to policy solutions
- Evaluate outcomes or impact of current or future health policy
- Stimulate public debate about a health policy issue to raise its profile on the public agenda
- Equip advocates
- Provide decision support to decision-makers
Additionally, applicants must target one or more health systems important to health reform for advocacy and consumer engagement. The most competitive applications will be able to demonstrate one or more existing relationships, but CT Health is committed to helping grantees establish connections as well. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Access Health CT (Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace)
- State Innovation Model Plan (Process to transform the way health care is delivered in the state)
- Department of Social Services (HUSKY/Medicaid)
- No Wrong Door (A system that will allow consumers to apply for health insurance through different mechanisms and agencies, and then seamlessly routes them to the health insurance program for which they qualify)
- Accountable Care Organizations (a health care provider system)
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The grant period is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018