About Us

We are working tirelessly to ensure all Connecticut residents
have access to quality, affordable health care.

Our Mission

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.


Our Vision

We envision system that is accountable and responsive to the people it serves, and that supports our health, takes excellent care of all of us when we are sick at a cost that doesn’t threaten our financial security and continues to be an important source of quality employment and vitality in our communities.

Our Staff

Frances G. Padilla President

Stephanye R. Clarke
Communications Coordinator

Lynne Ide
Director of Program & Policy

Laura Olsbo
Individual Gifts Officer

Jill Zorn
Senior Policy Officer

Rosana G. Ferraro
Policy Associate

Cheryl Sellars
Finance Officer

Carole Dicks
Executive Assistant


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.

Board Members

  UHCF Board

  • Nancy Burton, Chair
  • David Pickus, Vice-Chair
  • Phil Wheeler, Treasurer
  • Dan Livingston
  • Sal Luciano
  • Cornell Wright


  • Dan Livingston, Chair
  • Nancy Burton, Vice-Chair
  • David Pickus, Secretary
  • Phil Wheeler, Treasurer
  • Cornell Wright
  • Steve Smith
  • Jean Morningstar 
  • Sal Luciano
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