Our Strategic Plan

istockphoto_13680783-mother-and-son-quality-timeAs an organization that reflects and adapts, we spent 2012 considering where the needs and opportunities are, the landscape of health reform and where we have a track record of leadership. We concluded that putting health equity at the center of our work is the right thing to do, it’s the right time to do it and it’s the right thing for CT Health to be focusing on moving forward as an evolution of our 12 years working on racial and ethnic health disparities.

Throughout the transition to our new strategy, we will be integrating our children’s mental health and oral health priority areas into our health equity work. We pledge to share what we learn as we learn it and seek out new opportunities to create catalytic change with you.

Many of you provided feedback as our new strategic plan was in development, and for this, we thank you. We hope that you see your contribution reflected in our shared future. After all, we are nothing without our grantees, leadership fellows and partners.

We invite you to contact us at any time with questions and comments.

New Strategic Plan 2013 – 2017

Download a PDF print version (updated 02.2015)

Everyone deserves the opportunity for optimal health, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, or income level. We are dedicated to improving the health of all Connecticut residents.”

In order to deliver on this mission, we have decided to shift the focus of our efforts over the next five years to one critical strategic goal – expanding health equity for all of our residents.

For us, expanding health equity means helping more people gain access to better care, especially for those who currently lack it now – people of color.

Our commitment to oral health and children’s mental health has evolved as a result of this shift. Ultimately, we are bringing these priority areas under our strategic lens of health equity. We know that both of these issues, if left unaddressed, contribute significantly toward health inequities.

At the end of 2014 we formally exited funding children’s mental health as a separate, standalone priority area, and we will do the same for oral health by the end of 2018. Instead, we will fund grant proposals that look to address inequities in children’s mental health and oral health. We encourage grantseekers to review our strategic goals and objectives (listed below), as well as our theory of change, to find a good fit between our priorities.

Strategic Goals and Objectives

Health Equity

Goal 1: Leverage opportunities to advance health equity in reforming health care.

Objective 1: Promote health insurance enrollment and navigation support systems that will increase and maintain coverage.

Objective 2: Foster the inclusion of mental, oral and physical health in an integrated health care system.

Objective 3: Increase system accountability by advancing the development and integration of quality standards and measurement protocols into primary care delivery models (e.g., Person-Centered Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations).

Objective 4: Maximize the role of the safety-net (School Based Health Centers, Community Health Centers, hospital clinics) in an integrated health care system.

Goal 2: Strengthen leadership and network capacity to promote health equity in health care access and delivery.

Objective 1: Cultivate diverse, skilled health equity leaders that advocate for and effect change in private, public and non-profit sectors.

Objective 2: Advance public policies that promote health equity by establishing a health advocacy entity.

Oral Health

Goal 1: Strengthen the advocacy infrastructure to sustain improvements in oral health access for low-income families.

Objective 1: Bolster the leadership capacity of key stakeholders, organizations and coalitions to advocate for policies and regulations that maintain and improve oral health access for low- income families.

Goal 2: Support system changes that promote oral health care for low-income pregnant women.

Objective 1: Develop and integrate new dental and obstetric practice and referral systems to increase the number of pregnant women receiving oral health care.

Objective 2: Promote integration of new oral health care practice and referral guidelines into statewide maternal and child health programs.

View a video of what some of our partners have to say about why health equity is important for Connecticut