Consumer Voices for Innovation Phase One Grantees

The Center provided five states with two-year grants that ended in February 2019. In total, the CVI program provided just under a million dollars in funding over the grant period. All grantees focused on organizing in low-income communities, communities of color and/or among seniors and people with disabilities. The projects focused on health care innovation in public programs, particularly Medicaid.

  • 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.

To evaluate the program, we contracted with the Institute for Community Health and found that our partner advocates – among other accomplishments – reached nearly 30,000 consumers, trained over 1,000 of those for leadership activities and that programs in every state incorporated changes recommended by consumers.

Read the full CVI Grant Program Final Evaluation Report here.

You can learn more about the impact of consumer engagement here.