Boston-based consumer advocacy organization Community Catalyst has announced a $14.8 million legacy grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to develop and promote fundamental changes that will reshape the delivery of health care for all Americans.
The grant will support Community Catalyst's "health system transformation" strategy, which includes the creation of a Center for Consumer and Community Engagement, a hub devoted to teaching, learning, and disseminating knowledge about health system transformation. To that end, the center will collaborate with and support the work of organizations that advocate for the most vulnerable populations and provide consumer health advocates with the skills they need to assess the financial complexity and risk involved with new models of care. The funds also will support efforts to help consumer advocates advance a consumer-centered agenda through research and evaluation, investments in advocacy at the state level,, leadership development programs, and consultative services.
"There's a lot at stake for consumers, particularly those who need the system the most," said Community Catalyst executive director Robert Restuccia. "Too many people are falling through the cracks due to lack of coordination, poor-quality care, or the inability to get services they need. We're spending a lot of money on a system that's not working for the people it's intended to serve. With this investment from the Atlantic Philanthropies, we're going to work to change that."
"Improving health care access and quality and reducing cost are critical to addressing social and economic disparities in the U.S.," said Atlantic Philanthropies president and CEO Christopher G. Oechsli. "Community Catalyst has embraced these challenges and has successfully promoted major changes in policy and practice so that our health systems meet their promise for vulnerable people. This final Atlantic 'big bet' on an anchor organization like Community Catalyst will enable it to further develop the capacities, skills, and tools necessary to meet the challenges of health care transformation."