October 2016 Issue
Home Is Where the Health Is
The fact that there is a strong linkage between health and housing is not a new revelation, but the push for “healthy housing” is gaining traction as an emerging social justice area ripe for advocacy. The Flint, Michigan water crisis, where nearly 100,000 residents in the financially-strapped city were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead in their water after the city’s water source was changed in a cost-cutting measure, put a vivid national lens on one connection between health and housing. But it doesn’t end with bad pipes and poisoned water. Substandard housing conditions can have far-reaching consequences on many aspects of physical and mental health.
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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.
Building the Movement by Diversifying Revenue: Five Takeaways
When you lead a fundraising program, there is typically one answer to the question: How much money do we need to raise? “MORE.” Sure, more is better, but the push for more can lead to inefficient tactics and ineffective strategies for generating and diversifying revenue. Community Catalyst Director of Resource and Business Development Diane M. Felicio shares her insights on some ways non-profits can thoughtfully undertake their search for new and different sources of revenue.
A Longtime Innovator and Collaborator Takes on a New Role: A Chat with Bob Master
In March of this year, Bob Master, MD, the founder and former president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Care Alliance, joined the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation as a Senior Fellow. In this role, Bob serves as a strategic advisor and thought leader to the Center, focused on the goal of improving care for vulnerable populations.