June 2019 Issue

Spotlight Event

Together For The People - Honoring A Health Care Hero

On April 30, Community Catalyst and Health Care for All jointly hosted Together for the People, an event honoring the life, advocacy and leadership of former Community Catalyst Executive Director Rob Restuccia, who passed away in March.

With over 700 people in attendance, the event successfully raised over $2 million. And thanks to a generous match from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, we raised more than $400,000 for the Restuccia Leadership Fund at the event. See the event photos on our Facebook here.

Community Catalyst and Health Care For All matched that amount, bringing the total raised for the Fund to $800,000. In the spirit of Rob’s lifelong work, the Restuccia Leadership Fund will support the Rob Restuccia Health Justice Organizational Fellowship, a new program aimed at strengthening health advocacy organizations across the country and addressing deep inequities in the health care system. Go here to donate to the Fund.

Many across the health care sector and beyond (including across the pond) have recognized Rob’s trailblazing work in the health justice movement – from The Boston Globe to Health Affairs to our own Michael Miller, who penned this must-read for a special edition of The Journal of Ambulatory Management that was dedicated to Rob.

At the event, we premiered a video created in partnership with our friends at Health Care For All. "Together For Progress" is the story of the organizations, and Rob's impact on both of them.

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News and Publications

Center Business Development Manager Mark Rukavina was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article explaining the burden consumers face when challenging medical debt collections.

Lois Uttley, director of the Women’s Health Program, described the potential challenges that secular and Catholic hospital partnerships pose to women and LGBTQ+ individuals’ access to health care in a Kaiser Health News article.

Center Director Ann Hwang, MD, was quoted in a Fierce Healthcare article describing obstacles in health care technology innovation at a POLITICO panel in January 2019.

In an article in the American Journal of Managed Care, “Will 2019 Kick Off a New Era in Person-Centered Care?,” Center Director Ann Hwang, MD, and Center Research Director Marc Cohen, PhD, discuss both the implications and limitations of Medicare’s star rating system.

Among our publications this year are an agenda for advancing health justice and our 2019 federal policy priorities. We also issued a report outlining policy solutions for ending surprise medical bills and best practices for white-led health advocacy organizations to promote health equity and racial justice.

The Center announced its second annual Speak Up for Better Health award. Learn more and nominate a health care champion here.

Join us in welcoming:

Avery Brien, state advocacy manager, Program on Substance Use Disorders and on Justice-Involved Populations; Kim Nguyen, state advocacy manager, State Consumer Health Advocacy Program; Maya Nakamura, program associate, State Consumer Health Advocacy Program; and Briana Croteau, office administrator.

We are delighted to share the following promotions:

Marissa Korn to program and advocacy coordinator, State Consumer Health Advocacy Program; Melissa Ough to associate director, Dental Access Project; Sarah Pearce to program coordinator, Dental Access Project, in addition to her work with the Missouri Expanding Coverage through Consumer Assistance Program; Daniel Frost to digital strategy and communications manager; and Madison Tallant to program coordinator, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation

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