About Us


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

We believe that health care is a fundamental right and that our work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice.


We envision a 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.


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.


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.

What’s new?

The Fight for Health Care: It’s Far From Over is a look back at the past 20 years in the fight for universal health care in Connecticut and beyond. Read along, reminisce, and get inspired for the next chapter of the fight. You can leave feedback or comments on Twitter using the hashtag #FightOnForEveryBody!

2019 Annual Report

We had a busy year- you’re going to want to read about it!

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

Read about our priority programmatic goals for the next 5 years.

Annual Report Archives


2017 (Online | PDF)




Board of Directors


Dan Livingston, J.D., Chair

Cornell Wright, Treasurer

Nancy Burton, CNM, MS, Vice-Chair

Dr. Stephen Smith

Candida Flores

Monte Wagner

Beverley Brakeman


Nancy Burton, CNM, MS, Chair

Cornell Wright, Treasurer

Dan Livingston

Candida Flores

Beverley Brakeman

Leadership and Staff

Frances G. Padilla


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.

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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.

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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.

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Rosana G. Ferraro

Policy & Program Officer

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

Rosana has 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.

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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.

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eboney d. edwards

Executive Assistant

Eboney D. Edwards is the executive assistant. She supports the Foundation’s president as well as the staff as a whole. Eboney has worked in the non-profit sector for over five years, has two children, and is an active leader in her church community in Hartford.

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Jackie nappo

Communications Associate

As communications associate, Jackie Nappo works to connect the Foundation’s policy and program work to the general public in a way that increases its impact. Before starting at the Foundation, Jackie worked as a reporter at the Journal Inquirer covering town politics and boards of education. She graduated in May of 2018 from the University of Connecticut with a double major in communications and journalism.

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Heidi green

Director of Donor Communications and Advising

Heidi Green is director of donor communications and advising. The lead ambassador to donors and supporters, Heidi works to raise operating and grantmaking dollars needed to wage the fight for health care for everybody. Heidi’s non-profit experience spans nearly two decades building up progressive causes. She works with high networth individuals, foundations, legacy donors, and monthly givers and invites you to reach out and explore how you can make your mark.

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