Recommended Reading

A few books and articles that advocates may find useful and/or entertaining.


Askin, Elizabeth, Vikram Shankar, and Nathan Moore. The Health Care Handbook. 2nd ed, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014.

Bartlett, Bruce. The Truth Matters. Ten Speed Press, New York NY, 2017.

Booth, Wayne. The Craft of Research, 4th ed. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2016.

Bradley, Elizabeth and Lauren Taylor. The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. Public Affairs, New York NY, 2013. 

Evergreen, Stephanie. Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data, 2nd ed. Sage, Thousand Oaks CA, 2020.

Fisher, Roger and William Ury. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Penguin Books, New York NY, 1981.

Guide to Effectively Educating State and Local Policymakers, Society for Public Health Education, 2011.

Hall, Trish. Writing to Persuade. Liveright Publishing, New York NY, 2019.

Hanna-Attisha, Mona. What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. One World, New York NY, 2018.

Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. Penguin Random House, New York, 2017.

Huff, Darrell. How to Lie with Statistics. Norton, New York, 1954.

Lupi, George and Stephanie Posavec. Dear Data. Princeton Architectural Press, New York NY, 2016.

Rosenthal, Elisabeth. An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. Penguin Random House, New York NY, 2017.

Speak Up: Tips on Advocacy for Publicly Funded Nonprofits, Center for an Urban Future, New York NY, 2004.

Staff of The Washington Post. Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All. Public Affairs, New York NY, 2010.

Wilde, Parke. Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Routledge, New York NY, 2018.

Internet Resources

Most have at least one listserv available to anyone for regular updates

Health Affairs, a prominent peer-reviewed health policy journal focused on the United States. There is a subscription cost, but it’s reasonable. Their Health Affairs Blog has updates on timely health policies and is free.

The Kaiser Family Foundation and  Kaiser Health News  are highly respected sources of independent information on health policy and data. Particularly recommended is signing up for their daily newsletters. Updates on timely issues, research, and trends in CT health policy

The Commonwealth Fund provides timely, respected policy analysis focused on health systems, delivery of care, state and international health policy.

Vox Health Care is a great source for the latest on national health policy.

CT Data Collaborative is a source of data, very friendly, helpful, affordable training in using data, and as-needed assistance.

A Preface To Advocacy, from the Disability Visibility Project, is a treasure – practical, real world advice from experienced advocates.

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