-- Study Funded by Six Health Foundations in Unique Collaborative Effort --
HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Connecticut Health Care Survey, a groundbreaking study of Connecticut residents’ views on their health and health care, shows that many here have access to and receive consistent, high quality health care. However, much work remains to be done, particularly as it relates to chronic disease prevalence among adults and children.
As noted in the Executive Summary of The Connecticut Health Care Survey, which was released by the survey’s funders today, the survey “provides a rich source of self-reported data on the health and health care of Connecticut residents, including health insurance coverage, access and sources of care, continuity of care, health status and patient-provider experience.”
Driven by Collaboration
Six health foundations in Connecticut sponsored the survey, marking an unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration in pursuit of the shared goal of a healthier population. The funders include: The Aetna Foundation; Connecticut Health Foundation; the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation; the Foundation for Community Health; Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut; and the Children’s Fund of Connecticut. The study was conducted by the Office of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
To review the executive summary and other survey-related materials, please visit The Foundation for Community Health at http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey.
Speaking as a collaborative group, the funders noted: “The Connecticut Health Survey is a first of its kind in terms of the information it sought and its collaborative genesis and funding. The results will set a baseline of data from which improvements or declines in population health can be measured. This data provides a meaningful and valuable foundation for further efforts to improve the health status of everyone in Connecticut. We are proud to present this work of four years to the State and to all parties to the health care system here. We hope it will be used as intended: to inform future health policy and programs; and to measure their impact. We look forward to working with policy-makers, regulators, and other health foundations here and elsewhere to explore the opportunities highlighted by this survey and to measure changes driven by new policy and new law, including the Affordable Care Act.”
Survey Findings Point to Needed Improvement
Among the many findings in the survey, as highlighted in the Executive Summary, was information indicating that Connecticut residents, and particularly children, are generally healthier and have better access to a routine source of care and insurance coverage than national averages. However, a number of measures are concerning including the following which represent the full population surveyed. The full survey and the Executive Summary also show that in the following areas and others, disparities in care by race and ethnicity persist.
Conducted between June 2012 and February 2013, the telephonic survey sought information from Connecticut residents about themselves and about the children within their household. A total of 5,447 surveys were completed – 4,608 regarding adults and 839 regarding children – with households from across Connecticut in urban, suburban and rural areas.
Greater Detail in Key Areas to Be Presented
Four of the funding health foundations are developing detailed “Policy Briefs” that will focus on specific areas of interest and concern in health care. Together with the Executive Summary, these briefs will help inform Connecticut agencies and policymakers on specific steps that can be made to improve the health of Connecticut residents.
The Aetna Foundation’s Policy Brief will be focused on the patient experience of health care:
The Children’s Fund of Connecticut’s Policy Brief will more closely examine children’s receipt of health services that are consistent with the medical home model of care:
The Connecticut Health Foundation’s Policy Brief will examine health equity:
Universal Health Care Foundation’s Policy Brief will delve into issues affecting and resulting from access to care:
Opportunities to Learn More
A discussion about the survey and its implications for the health of Connecticut residents will be held at WNPR’s Health Equity Forum on May 21. The conversation will be recorded for WNPR’s Where We Live, hosted by John Dankosky. The segment is expected to air on May 27 and on June 24. For more information, please visit WNPR.org.