September 22, 2003
On behalf of the Connecticut Health Policy Project, I want to thank you for joining us to celebrate four years of success and struggle. This has been a difficult year, the worst in recent memory. But there is a great deal to be proud of and even more to be grateful for.
It is a dangerous thing to stop, even for a night, and consider your organization, its mission, and progress toward your goals. And our mission is ambitious - to improve access to affordable, quality health care for every Connecticut resident. I am very lucky as an advocate to work on an issue most everyone agrees with. I don't have to persuade policymakers that coverage and access to care are priorities. And for that I am grateful. The problem is how to do it.
From the inception of the Project, we decided to focus on providing understandable information about complex health care issues, filling gaps in knowledge, and facilitating communication between the people who make policies and the people who have to live with them. Measured against those goals, we have a great deal to be proud of.
We also have much to be grateful for. Nothing important is done alone. Our strength is in this room tonight – our partners. You make our work possible and keep us honest.
So enjoy a great meal, great music and great friends -- you have an evening to rest on your laurels. Tomorrow it is back to work.
Ellen Andrews Executive Director