By Jackie Nappo and Leah Ralls

Leah Ralls is in her third term as president of the Windham/Willimantic, CT branch of the NAACP, a civil rights organization that fights to eliminate discrimination in areas of employment, housing, police relations, health care, and much more. …


By: Jackie Nappo and Julia DiCola

Julia DiCola is a fierce advocate for the homeless, particularly homeless youth, in Connecticut. She’s the first transgender board chair for Optimus Health Care, which is the second largest community health care clinic in Connecticut. …


By: Jackie Nappo and Liz Gustafson

The following is a Q&A with Liz Gustafson, the State Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut. They are a small but mighty organization in our state and nationally that has been fighting for reproductive freedom for over 50 years.

They also work with cross movement…


By Frances G. Padilla

In the throes of a global pandemic, Universal Health Care Foundation of CT came together with key allies and legislative champions to pass a bold public options bill this session.

Now, more than ever, the deep flaws in our health care system are exposed. Sadly, several…


By Frances G. Padilla

As Health Equity Week in Connecticut comes to a close, I want to reflect on how the experience of the past year should strengthen our resolve to work for justice. Justice is within reach if we are willing to disrupt the status quo to achieve it…


By Frances G. Padilla

This text was originally given as testimony on Connecticut House Bill 6662: An Act Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis and Establishing the Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health

At Universal Health Care Foundation, we envision health care that takes excellent care of all of…


By Jill Zorn

What does the American Rescue Plan mean for health care in Connecticut?

After what felt like ages of back and forth, congress has finally passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. …


By Lynne Ide

Testimony in Support of Senate Bill 842: An Act Concerning Health Insurance and Health Care in Connecticut

Too many residents in Connecticut lack health coverage they can count on. They have a lot of questions. Will I be taken care of when I get sick at a…


By Frances G. Padilla

It is an indisputable fact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the fight for justice. He believed in the power of people to affect change.

In the years since Dr. King’s life, our society has become more atomized and divided than ever. We have so many…


By Jill Zorn

Late last week elected officials and advocates gathered on the steps of the capitol building in Hartford to announce an effort to make health care in Connecticut more accessible, affordable and equitable by advancing health insurance public option legislation in the 2021 session of the Connecticut General…

Universal Health Care Foundation of CT

We are an activist philanthropy in CT fighting on the front lines of health care activism, because everyone deserves health care.

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