Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
290 Pratt Street
Meriden CT 06450-8600
Contact Information
Address 290 Pratt Street
Meriden, CT 06450-8600
Telephone (203) 639-0550 x
Fax 203-639-0519
E-mail info@universalhealthct.org
Web and Social Media

To serve as a catalyst that engages residents and communities in shaping a democratic health system that provides universal access to quality, affordable health care and promotes health in Connecticut.

We believe that health care is a fundamental right and that our work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Frances G. Padilla
Board Chair Daniel Livingston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

To serve as a catalyst that engages residents and communities in shaping a democratic health system that provides universal access to quality, affordable health care and promotes health in Connecticut.

We believe that health care is a fundamental right and that our work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice.


The Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART) is the parent organization of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc. It is a 501(c) (3) research, development and education organization dedicated to assuring that the health care needs of all Connecticut residents are met.

CHART was created in 1999 as a result of the settlement of a lawsuit brought against the for-profit Anthem Insurance Co. during its merger with the non-profit Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut. The settlement also required the creation of a second, separate foundation, The Anthem Foundation of Connecticut, Inc. (now Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut). The purpose of the Foundation is to support CHART's mission, principally by making grants that will further the goals established by CHART.

CHART is a research, development and education organization that hosts forums on various issues related to health care policy in Connecticut. Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc. supports CHART’s mission by making grants, developing public policy and supporting research to further the vision of quality, affordable health care for all Connecticut residents.

Together with Universal Health Care Foundation, CHART has changed the debate from whether universal health care is possible, to how to achieve the quality, affordable health care system that is best for Connecticut.


Health care policy is complex, and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has the experts to engage effectively with policy makers. By bringing the voice of everyday people to the table, the Foundation is proud to have played a key role in these policy victories:

Prescription Drug Prices

In 2017, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut began a major advocacy effort to address skyrocketing prescription drug prices.

The Foundation partnered with Yale University's Global Health Justice Partnership and the National Physicians Alliance to publish a white paper, Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: A Primer for States. Outlining ways state-level legislation can rein in prescription drug prices, this paper has proven useful to other states as they pursue prescription drug legislation.

Office of Health Strategy

Through 2017 legislation, Connecticut established the Office of Health Strategy (OHS), a coordinated approach to improving health access, quality and affordability. OHS brings together several health care planning and regulatory offices under one umbrella. 

For years, the Foundation has championed the need for planning, coordination, oversight and innovation to improve health care in Connecticut. We believe that the Office of Health Strategy helps to fill this need in the state.

Hospital Consolidation

The Foundation remains vigilant about hospital systems’ growing monopolies and their power to raise health care prices. Often, one of the only avenues for advocacy against these is to testify at Certificate of Need public hearings, run by the Office of Health Care Access, which has to approve these types of health system mergers. And the Foundation was there to elevate the voices of the consumers, patients and communities these huge systems are supposed to serve.

In 2017, the Foundation weighed in on Hartford HealthCare’s purchase of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT – and the conditions of the deal were the most extensive we’ve seen yet. 


The Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut is unwavering in our commitment to ensure access to affordable, equitable health care for every person in our community. 

Donate to help power this work.

Sign-up for the Protect Our Care CT campaign.

Tell your story; tell us why quality, affordable health care is important to you.

CEO Statement

Your access to affordable, quality care is our priority at the Foundation. You should not have to choose between seeing the doctor, getting a test or filling a prescription, and paying the rent or buying groceries.

I know all too well the overwhelming sense many of us feel from the threats to our health care these days. “Repeal?” “Replace with what?!” “Fix the ACA?”

Health care reform can seem daunting. But it’s stories of people delaying care, skipping medication doses, and struggling to pay hospital bills illuminate the impact it has on real people’s lives. With your support, we continue to be vigilant and advocate for people in our community.

Stories of our neighbors and friends that struggle with the high cost of health care keeps us energized to fight for a system that is accountable and responsive to you and that supports your health.

Join us in this fight!

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Research Institutes & Public Policy Analysis
Areas Served
State wide
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven

The Protect Our Care CT campaign supports comprehensive, high quality, affordable and accessible health care for all Connecticut residents.

We believe that health care is a right and that we must work together for health care we can all count on.

We are committed to building a diverse network of people and organizations engaged in making the health care system work for everyone.

The Protect Our Care CT campaign:

  • Advocates at the state and national level for policies and programs that lead to health equity and health care for everyone
  • Defends Medicaid, Medicare and women's health programs and protects the gains made by the Affordable Care Act
  • Educates each other, the public and policy makers on health care issues
  • Holds policymakers accountable for moving us forward to meet our health care goals.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

- Educated, engaged and organized grassroots activists and health policy advocates work to exercise their influence with decisionmakers

- Engaged at least 50 supporting partner organizations and 2000 individual activists

- Built diverse local leadership networks in 15-20 districts

- Influenced positive policy action at the state level (such as guaranteeing state funding for women's health programs, stopping cuts to Medicaid, or codifying key ACA protections)

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The Foundation sees POCCT as helping achieve three overarching systems-change goals over the next several years:

1. To ensure that CT residents receive maximum benefit from the ACA and the Medicaid and Medicare programs, and that reproductive health services continue to be accessible and affordable to Connecticut women.

Rationale: The immediate threats to health care require offensive policy ideas like codifying the ACA's rules and protections into state law. This would also provide opportunities for immediate outreach, education, and mobilization.

2. To create a demand for the adoption of public policies that move Connecticut and the country closer to guaranteed universal access to quality and affordable health care.

Rationale: Many Connecticut activists feel that the time for national health care is long overdue, even with many barriers to achieving it. The question is how we get there. It will be a long haul but incremental and steady movement toward that outcome requires a shared vision, common principles and wins along the way.

3. To build organizing capacity in Connecticut that creates a statewide system of empowered grassroots activists.

Rationale: There is insufficient effective grassroots mobilization on public policy in Connecticut, and it is needed now more than ever. The multiple threats to health care combined with threats on other fronts (immigrants' rights, racial justice, education, tax reform, etc.) beg for building and sustaining organizing capacity.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Since January, Protect Our Care CT (POCCT) has worked to expand our network and build organizing capacity in a variety of ways. We have identified key areas for activity, with a focus on outreach in communities of color such as Greater New Haven, New Britain, Willimantic and Hartford - and have contracted with three organizers to work in those areas. One of the organizers is also working to revitalize the statewide Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care, historically a key vehicle for engaging people of color in health care work.
A POCCT goal over the past 6 months has been to expand the number of organizations which have adopted the POCCT principles and committed to participating in the campaign. The number of Supporting Partner Organizations has grown from 30 to 40. We have made a point of targeting organizations which will expand the diversity of the campaign, including organizations representing people with disabilities and communities of color.
During the legislative session, POCCT worked on four major issues that reflect the diversity of interests in the campaign and enabled us to bring in new partners. We worked with Medicaid activists to preserve health care coverage for low-income working parents in the HUSKY program and seniors and people with disabilities in the Medicare Saving Program. This work strengthened our ties with communities of color, which were impacted by the HUSKY cuts, and with organizations representing people with disabilities, which were particularly concerned about the Medicare Savings Program cuts.
We also worked on a bill to incorporate Affordable Care Act protections into Connecticut law and, through this work, strengthened ties with women’s health organizations, as well as passage of a bill to begin to address rising prescription drug costs.
CEO/Executive Director
Frances G. Padilla
Term Start June 2004
Email fpadilla@universalhealthct.org
Experience Frances G. Padilla was appointed President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut in September 2012, and was formerly its Executive Vice President.

She has held various leadership positions in the organization since joining the Foundation in 2004, in addition to spearheading the Foundation's research and policy initiatives, which led to the design of the landmark SustiNet law in 2009, and building block health care reform legislation passed in 2011. Her career in philanthropy, which began as a program officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, spans over 30 years. She later held positions at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven before running her own business, New Paradigms Consulting.

Padilla serves on the Governor's SustiNet health reform board; on the board of the Center for Assessment and Policy Development, a national social policy think tank; as well as the boards of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Qualidigm and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She is a former member of the National Partnership for Action Region I Health Equity Council, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the board of trustees of the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Progreso Latino Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, an endowment fund created to encourage Latino giving and to promote the educational, economic and social well-being of Latinos in the communities of Greater New Haven.

A New Haven resident and native of New York City, Padilla is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Juan FigueroaJan 2000 - Sept 2012
Senior Staff
Title Director of Program & Policy

Lynne Ide, who serves as the Director of Program and Policy, joined the Foundation in January 2006 to coordinate the healthcare4every1 campaign. She is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of the Foundation’s health care policy advocacy, outreach and education efforts, consumer engagement, convening partners and grant-making strategy.

Under her leadership, the Foundation’s healthcare4every1 campaign galvanized a broad-based coalition that pushed for the passage of landmark health care reform legislation which was passed into law in 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ide served as Associate Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, Director of the Legislative Electoral Action Program (LEAP), and Director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG).

She has been involved in community organizing and issue advocacy in Connecticut since 1981. She resides in Willimantic.


Jill Zorn, who serves as Senior Policy Officer, joined the Foundation in 2006. She is responsible for monitoring and analyzing state and federal health policy trends, health policy research and strategy development and cultivating key partnerships for the foundation.

A frequent public presenter on health care reform, Zorn brings a background in health care administration to her post. Her former positions include Assistant Vice President for Planning at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Support Services Administrator for Kaiser Permanente’s health centers in the Hartford area and Chapter Programs Director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Connecticut Chapter.

She resides in Columbia.

Title Finance Officer
Experience/Biography Cheryl Sellars, who serves as the Finance Officer, joined the Foundation in May 2014. She is responsible for the Foundation’s finances and human resources duties.

Sellars has over 35 years of experience in finance and accounting; the last 21 years of which have been with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Finance Director for the American Red Cross CT and RI Region, as CFO for Girl Scouts CT Trails Council, as Finance Director for the Portland VNA, and as Accounting Director for Pomperaug Woods, a non-profit continuing care retirement community center in Southbury, CT.

She is resident of Middletown but lived in Massachusetts for many years.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Daniel Livingston
Company Affiliation Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C.
Term Jan 2000 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
Nancy BurtonHartford Hospital
Candida FloresFamily Life Education
Kenn HarrisHealthy Start
Jean MorningstarAFT Connecticut
David PickusDistrict 1199 New England Health Care Employees Union SEIU
Stephen SmithCommunity Health Center, Inc.
Phil WheelerRetired, United Auto Workers, Region 9A
Cornell WrightThe Parker Wright Group, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2019
Projected Revenue $1,310,673.00
Projected Expenses $1,310,673.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902017
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Audit Documents
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$24,441,249$21,902,119$22,290,591
Current Assets$173,147$172,459$151,557
Long-Term Liabilities--$2--
Current Liabilities$127,469$93,151$164,175
Total Net Assets$24,313,780$21,808,966$22,126,416
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 290 Pratt Street
Meriden, CT 064508600
Primary Phone 203 639-0550
CEO/Executive Director Frances G. Padilla
Board Chair Daniel Livingston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C.


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