October 2016 Issue

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Advocates in the Twittersphere: A (Social) Media Digest

Our September 2016 Annual Advocate Convening brought together more than 200 advocates from dozens of states. The workshop topics ranged from strategies to keep up the momentum to close the Medicaid coverage gap, to broader discussions on Health System Transformation and imagining a person-centered health system.

This year, we made a special effort to integrate Twitter and social media into the convening and workshops. Workshops aimed to help advocates improve their social media outreach and strategy, including how to use Twitter effectively for digital advocacy, how to engage members of the media and policymakers using social media, and more.

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Community Catalyst issued Hospitals Investing in Health: Community Benefit in Massachusetts, which takes an in-depth look at the state of hospital community benefit in Massachusetts and finds there’s little evidence that millions of dollars in hospital investments are impacting community health. The report findings and recommendations are instructive for other states.

Michael Miller, strategic policy director, was quoted in a New York Times article about whether the Affordable Care Act’s tax penalty is motivating people to sign up for coverage.

Kimá Taylor, MD, has joined the Community Catalyst Board of Directors. Dr. Taylor is the founder of Anka Consulting LLC, a health care consulting company. She previously served as director of the National Drug Addiction and Harm Reduction program at Open Society Foundations.

Susan Sherry, deputy director, spoke to Modern Healthcare about new principles for patient-centered care developed by the Healthcare Transformation Task Force, of which Susan is a member.

The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation launched its new website and received coverage in Fierce Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review for its report on Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Hospital Accountability Project Program Director Phillip Gonzalez and Senior Advisor Jessica Curtis were quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about charity care at Pennsylvania hospitals.

Join us in welcoming new staff members. Helen Hendrickson, state advocacy manager, Dental Access Project; John Morgan, senior accountant; Celeste Davis, state advocacy manager, Children’s Health Initiative; Danielle Garrett, strategic policy manager, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, and Marc Cohen, PhD, research director, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation.

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