Where does CT Health’s grant money come from?
Our grant money comes from investment income, and the investments are managed to provide a steady source of support for CT Health’s initiatives. In accordance with IRS regulations, five percent of this money is directed toward grant-making operations each year.
How does CT Health choose a “priority area”?
Data is a cornerstone of CT Health. In the early days of the foundation, we studied both qualitative and quantitative data to find where the need was greatest. We undertook the Connecticut Health Needs Assessment and Gaps Analysis data scan to better understand the state’s needs, and to determine the best way to use our resources to meet those needs.
Through this data scan, as well as a series of focus groups and one-on-one interviews, CT Health listened intently to health care providers, oral and mental health advocates, policy-makers, representatives from other foundations and, perhaps most importantly, people from a variety of communities. The compelling and personal stories that the board members listened to played a significant role in shaping the foundation and its future plans.
What does CT Health mean by “systems change”?
CT Health works to have a positive, sustained impact on the interconnected set of policies, regulations, funding streams, institutions and professional practices, beliefs, behaviors and attitudes that affect the health of all Connecticut residents. In simpler terms, CT Health works to change the system.
Stated in 1999, and reaffirmed through a self-assessment process begun in 2004, CT Health established that systems change should inform and shape virtually every facet of its work. In order to have real impact, we needed to go out there and try to make things work better by affecting the processes and programs that created health injustices.
Who authors CT Health’s policy briefs?
We have the flexibility to engage leading national and local experts on specific public policy issues. All of our reports are evidence-based, grounded in data and facts, and often offer recommendations for improvement.
Where is the Community Health Data Scan?
The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity is now hosting the data scan, as they are best equipped to monitor and track progress against the measures that had been taken in the scan.