Coalition Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Tennessee Disability Coalition has been awarded a Consumer Advocacy for Transformation grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The grant will allow the Coalition to strengthen consumer and family input into Tennessee’s evolving Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The two-year project will provide training and support for leaders serving on managed care organizations and Medicaid advisory councils. 

“At this time of massive changes in our health system, it is essential that consumers are represented in decisions that will affect their care,” said David Adler, senior program officer of RWJF. “The foundation is proud to support consumers’ advocates who are working towards a higher-value, more patient-centered health system.”

Donna DeStefano, assistant director of the Coalition adds that “the ECF CHOICES program is still new and evolving means that there are great opportunities for feedback. These insights can have a major influence on future effectiveness of the program. In our experience, consumer voices, when appropriately informed and focused, can transform systems to be efficient and accountable.” 

The Tennessee Disability Coalition and other grantees in the Consumer Advocacy for Transformation program are pursuing state and local health system changes that aim to develop and insert an organized, influential, and permanent consumer voice in these changes. Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation will provide critical oversight and expertise for the program. The Center and RWFJ are part of a larger effort to increase health care value by preserving efforts to increase access to care, improving health outcomes.

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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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