Recommended Reading

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


Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers, Chip Health & Karla Starr, 2022

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, Michael Lewis, 2021

Change: How to Make Big Things Happen, Damon Centola, 2021

You Have More Influence Than You Think, Vanessa Bohns, 2021

Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?, Ezekiel Emanuel, 2020

The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind, Jonah Berger, 2020

The Trillion Dollar Revolution: How the Affordable Care Act Transformed Politics, Law, and Health Care in America, Edited by Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Abbe Gluck, 2020

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, Dan Heath, 2020

Counting: How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters, Deborah Stone, 2020

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, 2020

What the Eyes Don’t See, Mona Hanna-Attisha, 2018

The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less, Elizabeth Bradley, 2013

The Treatment Trap, Rosemary Gibson, 2011

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement , Joseph P. Shapiro, 1994

Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis , Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, 2019

The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore, 2024

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink, 2009

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, Harriett A. Washington, 2007

Healthy Voices, Unhealthy Silence: Advocacy and Health Policy for the Poor, Coleen Grogan and Michael Gusmano, 2007

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, Steven Johnson, 2007

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

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 Forefront has updates on timely health policies and is free.

The Kaiser Family Foundation and  KFF 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.

Connecticut News

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Hartford Courant

CT Examiner

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CT Insider

Yale Daily News

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