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.