About Us

Mission:

To serve as a catalyst that engages residents and communities in shaping a democratic health system that provides universal access to quality, affordable health care and promotes health in Connecticut.

Vision:

We envision system that is accountable and responsive to the people it serves, and that supports our health, takes excellent care of all of us when we are sick at a cost that doesn’t threaten our financial security and continues to be an important source of quality employment and vitality in our communities.

CHART

The Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART) is the parent organization of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut (UHCF). It is a 501(c)3 research, development, and education organization that hosts forums on various issues related to health care policy in Connecticut.

UHCF

The Foundation supports CHART’s mission by making grants, developing public policy, and supporting research to further the vision of quality, affordable health care for all Connecticut residents.

2017 Annual Report

Health care is personal. Real people’s lives are on the line. That’s what policy makers and others whose decisions play out in our everyday lives need to be constantly reminded of. That was our challenge last year. Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut worked tirelessly to bring Connecticut residents to the forefront and we’re proud to say we made an impact.

View the annual report online

Download the 2017 Annual Report

 

Board of Directors

CHART

Dan Livingston, J.D., Chair

Phil Wheeler, Treasurer

Nancy Burton, CNM, MS, Vice-Chair

David Pickus, Secretary

Cornell Wright

Dr. Stephen Smith

Jean Morningstar

UHCF

Nancy Burton, CNM, MS,Chair

David Pickus, Vice-Chair

Phil Wheeler, Treasurer

Dan Livingston

Cornell Wright

Leadership and Staff

Frances G. Padilla

President

Frances G. Padilla was appointed President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in September 2012.

Since joining the Foundation in 2004, Frances has held various leadership positions in addition to spearheading the Foundation’s research and policy initiatives, which led to the design of the landmark SustiNet law in 2009, and building block health care reform legislation passed in 2011. Her career in philanthropy, which began as a program officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, spans over 30 years. She later held positions at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven before running her own business, New Paradigms Consulting.

Frances serves on the Connecticut Health Care Cabinet for which she chairs a work group on prescription drug costs focusing on transparency and fair pricing. She also serves on the steering committee of the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative, advising on implementation of a $45 million federal grant to the state of Connecticut. SIM is designed to improve community health and eliminate inequities, ensure superior access and quality to care, empower individuals to actively participate in their care, and improve affordability of health care costs. In addition, Frances is a founding member and co-chair of the Leadership Council of the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative.

She serves on the boards of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Qualidigm, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

Frances is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Lynne Ide

Director of Program & Policy

Lynne Ide is Director of Program and Policy. She began her work at the Foundation in 2006 as coordinator of the healthcare4every1 campaign, a broad-based, grassroots effort that won passage of a landmark health reform law in 2009. She is currently a leader in the Protect Our Care CT campaign, which formed in 2017 to protect against cuts to the Affordable Care Act protections, Medicaid, Medicare, and women’s health – as well as to create demand for policies that achieve access to quality, affordable health care for all state residents.

She is responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of the Foundation’s health care policy advocacy, outreach and education efforts, consumer engagement, convening partners, and grant-making strategy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lynne served as Associate Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, Director of the Legislative Electoral Action Program (LEAP), and Director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG).

She has been involved in community organizing and issue advocacy in Connecticut since 1981.

Jill Zorn

Senior Policy Officer

Jill Zorn, who serves as Senior Policy Officer, joined the Foundation in 2006. She is responsible for monitoring and analyzing state and federal health policy trends, health policy research and strategy development, and cultivating key partnerships for the foundation. Her policy advocacy work focuses on addressing high health care prices and how states can put building blocks in place to move toward quality, affordable health care for all.

A frequent public presenter on health care reform, Jill brings a background in health care administration to her post. Her former positions include Assistant Vice President for Planning at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Support Services Administrator for Kaiser Permanente’s health centers in the Hartford area, and Chapter Programs Director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Connecticut Chapter. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University.

Stephanye R. Clarke

Communications Coordinator

Stephanye R. Clarke joined the Foundation in July 2014 and serves as the Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for the Foundation’s multimedia production; developing and implementing dynamic communications strategies for education and engagement.

Stephanye has over ten years of experience in public/population health and community engagement. She is a founding member of the African American Health Council of Southeastern Connecticut, and chairs the New London Branch N.A.A.C.P. Health Committee. A 2010 graduate of the Connecticut Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program, Stephanye serves as a member of the Eastern AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Board of Directors, New England Racial Justice Collaborative, Connecticut Public Health Association, Community Alliance for Health Equity, L+M Hospital Patient, and Family Advisory Council and Health Improvement Collaborative of Southeastern Connecticut.

Carole Dicks

Executive Assistant

Carole Dicks serves as the Executive Assistant to the President. She joined the Foundation in April 2011.  As well as managing the President’s Office, she provides support to the Foundation’s board and handles the day-to-day management of the office operations. Carole has extensive experience working with senior level executives.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Rosana G. Ferraro

Policy Officer

Rosana G. Ferraro is a Policy Officer at the Foundation. She supports the Foundation’s policy and advocacy priorities to achieve accessible, equitable, affordable, high-quality health care for all.

Prior to policy work, Rosana worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years, focusing on children, youth, and families, predominantly in the New Haven area. She was a fellow in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Elm City Fellowship for Children and Families.

Just prior to working at UHCF, she completed an internship at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, as a Fisher Cummings Fellow from Columbia’s School of Social Work. She received her BA from Yale University and graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Social Work, with a focus in Social Policy.

Laura Olsbo

Individual Gifts Officer

Laura Olsbo joined the Foundation in 2017 as the Individual Gifts Officer. She develops and maintains relationships with partners in the community who help the Foundation realize its mission of achieving universal access to quality, affordable health care for all people in our community.

Laura has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 8 years. By connecting community members and corporate partners to nonprofit organizations, she is helping valuable resources and services get to those who need it most in our community. Laura holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit management from UCONN.

Cheryl Sellars

Finance Officer

Cheryl Sellars, who serves as the Finance Officer, joined the Foundation in May 2014. She is responsible for the Foundation’s finances, technology and human resources duties.

Cheryl has over 40 years of experience in finance and accounting; the last 25 years of which have been with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Finance Director for the American Red Cross CT and RI Region, CFO for Girl Scouts CT Trails Council, Finance Director for the Portland VNA, and Accounting Director for Pomperaug Woods. She was also a part-time corporate and personal finance instructor for University of Phoenix for 6 years.