HDI’s Policy Program Core works with health equity stakeholders on state and federal levels to raise awareness, build coalitions of support, and collectively influence policy change to eliminate health disparities.

HDI’s Policy Core translates Research Core findings into policy action; distills national and state policy changes with implications on health equity into policy briefings for community-based Capacity Building, and convenes, facilitates, and participates in collective policy action to eliminate health disparities in the state of Connecticut. HDI’s university-community policy advisory committee will establish health equity centric principles for policy action that enable HDI’s fulfillment of its statutory authority and achievement of its mission while ensuring consistent, logically integrated efforts.

Health Insurance Advance Initiative

UConn’s Health Disparities Institute launched a 5 year Health Insurance Advance (HIA) initiative with the goal of “enhancing the value of health insurance for the newly insured and in doing so improve their overall health and well being”.

The project is being implemented in 2 stages:

  1. Years 1-3 will measurably advance the level of health insurance literacy in high-risk populations and develop consumer support tools and HI coaching at the point of use.
  2. Years 3-5 will promote policy changes aimed at simplifying health insurance designs.


Policy Briefs

The Connecticut Health Foundation and the Health Disparities Institute at UConn Health have published two policy briefs on best practices in connecting clinical care with community organizations:

Key Elements for Advancing Clinical-Community Integration, written by Health Disparities Institute Director Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, provides an overview of the work and recommendations for designing effective models.

Clinical-Community Integration: The Role of Health Information Technology, written by Health Disparities Institute Associate Director Victor G. Villagra, MD, focuses on the importance of systems that allow clinical and community providers to communicate and share information about their shared clients.