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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Navigators and assisters conference highlights challenges and solutions
Today’s AccessHealthCT conference for outreach workers focused
on tools for engaging CT’s uninsured. In
addition to public officials and foundation supporters, the conference included
helpful wisdom from navigators in the field. Speakers shared real world challenges
(technology, coordination, information gaps), but also solutions and best
practices (flyers in energy assistance letters and food bank bags, connecting
with community groups). Afternoon workshops focus on outreach to hard-to-reach
populations and technical help with the website. But the most interesting part
of the conference was informal discussion with on-the-ground assisters who are
making a difference in people’s lives despite the challenges.
For over a decade, the CT Health Policy Project has provided Connecticut consumers and policymakers with the clear, balanced information they need to make the best health care decisions.
Ellen Andrews, PhD, has been Executive Director of the CT Health Policy Project since its inception in 1999. Her experience includes positions in consumer advocacy, policy analysis, direct health care services, legislative staff, and academic research.
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