As 2013 draws to a close, on behalf of our Board and Staff, I’d like to send you our very best wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
It has been another fast-paced and productive year, and our thoughts turn gratefully to you and all our partners and supporters who’ve generously contributed to our effort to confront the many health care challenges facing the people of Connecticut and to transform the health system.
Among our key efforts this past year, the Foundation has:
- Collaborated with the Connecticut Library Consortium to provide librarians training on the Affordable Care Act and Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. Through the fall, we trained more than 250 librarians. We expanded to offer public workshops, working through nonprofit organizations, community foundations, Rotary clubs and many others. We’ve reached 1400 people and trained presenters who’ve reached hundreds more in communities across the state. Twenty workshops have already been scheduled and more are in the works for the coming year. There is deep interest among people in our state to understand the Affordable Care Act and what it means to their lives.
- Launched the Reform to Transform forum series in October with a panel discussion that focused on the high cost of health care. Attended by over 300 people, we held the forum at Quinnipiac University’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The program featured Steven Brill, author of the provocative Time Magazine article, "The Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us." Joining Mr. Brill on the panel were Patrick Charmel, CEO of Griffin Hospital and Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller. Journalist Susan Campbell moderated. Stay tuned for information about upcoming forums in 2014! We plan to explore topics like what over-treatment and under-treatment mean to our health and health care, and what we can do about it.