Consumer Voices for Innovation

The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation believes that consumers have a unique and critically important role to play in shaping how health care is delivered in this country. However, the consumer voice in public policy and health care governance is often missing. The Consumer Voices for Innovation (CVI) Grant Program provides funding to state consumer health advocacy organizations to build consumer engagement in health system transformation. The goal of the grant program is to elevate consumer voices to advocate for models of delivery reform that are person-centered, consumer led,  and responsive to the needs of the community. All grantees focus on organizing in low-income communities, communities of color and/or among seniors and people with disabilities. The projects focus on health care innovation in public programs, particularly Medicaid.

The Center is pleased to be providing organizations in six states with one-year grants that end February 28, 2018. In total, the CVI program provides just under half a million dollars in funding.

  • Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative who are working to build out the Faith Health Network which uses lay leaders to help support fellow congregants’ needs during hospitalizations and post-discharge;
  • Make the Road New York who are organizing grassroots participation in the One City Health Performing Provider System to be more responsive to community needs and to increase the role of community health workers;
  • Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) who are organizing grassroots participation in Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in southern Oregon and looking to increase the influence of consumers and focus on addressing social determinants of health in the CCOs;
  • Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) who are organizing consumers affected by the roll-out of managed long-term services and supports in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program, with a focus on mobilizing seniors; and
  • Rhode Island Organizing Project (RIOP) who are working to engage dual eligibles in the Rhode Island duals demonstration by advocating for more person-centered approaches, working to increase consumer engagement in the demonstration and for transportation for low-income consumers.

You can learn more about the work of these organizations here.

Read a brief overview on the impact of our CVI Grant Program work here.

Read the full CVI Grant Program Evaluation Year 1 - Interim Report here.