Director's Corner: Building Consumer Leadership, Here, There and Everywhere

This month, I’m thrilled to share several updates from our work to support the leadership of people with complex needs in improving health programs and policies.

From Determined Parent to Community Organizer: Improving Care for People with Disabilities

Leisa Hammett, a parent of a young adult with a disability, recently shared her inspiring story with us. We had the opportunity to learn about Leisa’s journey from parent and caregiver, to an influential, effective advocate for families across Tennessee.

Back to the Future: Organizing the “Old-Fashioned” Way

There’s no doubt that new technologies have opened up new approaches and opportunities to engage in grassroots organizing, but there is another way in which technology can become a facile substitute for real organizing.

Director's Corner: Fall Energy and New Beginnings

At this season of new beginnings, we’re readying a fall lineup with insights, inspiration and information to help support a strong consumer and community voice in health care.

The Importance of Speaking Up

Reflections from Elena Hung, founder of Little Lobbyists and the inaugural winner of the Better Health Award.

In the Driver’s Seat: Improving and Protecting Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Despite the necessity and cost effectiveness of NEMT, non-emergency medical transportation, the benefit is under threat on multiple fronts.

Eldercare Voices: Changing the Way the Poverty Level is Calculated Will Harm Older Adults

In May, the White House Office for Management and Budget (OMB) published a request for comment on potential changes to how the federal government measures poverty, posing serious threats to older adults and aging services, if implemented.

Director's Corner: Medicare and Medicaid at 54 – Consumer Stories and Changes Ahead

As Medicare and Medicaid turn 54, these two programs are more important than ever for the health and well-being of millions of Americans. We are sharing a number of new stories and photos illustrating just how critical these programs are to all of us.

Director's Corner: Celebrating Consumer Leadership!

This month, we are thrilled to announce the Center’s second annual Speak Up for Better Health award! This prize recognizes extraordinary people working to improve their health and the health of their communities.
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