Advocacy Agenda Set Through 2006
The Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees has endorsed the organization’s advocacy priorities for 2005–2006.
“While our complete advocacy agenda includes more than two dozen issues, four emerged as priorities during a process that included input from participants at CHI’s 2004 National Leadership Conference; surveys of market-based leaders and the National Leadership Team; and consideration by the Advocacy Advisory Committee,” said Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, senior vice president of advocacy for Catholic Health Initiatives. “Each of the priority issues involves all three dimensions of our advocacy commitment: advocacy for the individuals and communities we serve, advocacy within our organization and advocacy for overall social justice.” The priority advocacy issues are:
Lofton on Access and Coverage for All “Most Americans care for their fellow citizens, and I believe that if universal health care coverage could be accomplished with existing funding, no one would oppose it. But, people perceive that to achieve universal coverage, they would have to give something: to pay additional taxes or pay more for their own health care. Until more of us view health care as a significant public good with positive implications for the strength of our communities and our own quality of life, universal coverage will remain an elusive goal. Still, that is the solution that Catholic Health Initiatives champions. Care of the vulnerable will always be at the heart of our mission.” Kevin Lofton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Initiatives