Cluster Meetings 

Cluster meetings provide an interactive and educational forum for Communities In Charge project
leaders to come together to explore a single topic in depth.  The communities select the topic to be
discussed based on its relevance to the design and implementation of a coverage program for the
uninsured.  The following documents summarize the findings from each Communities In Charge
cluster meeting that has been held to date:



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Health Information Systems Technology  

Health Information Systems technology can help manage community-wide coverage programs for the uninsured and support the design, development, implementation, and staffing components of the program.  Several basic steps are recommended for communities wishing to plan and implement a health information technology initiative. 

June 11-12, 2001

Birmingham, AL




Addressing Key Constituencies for Generating Political Will and Community Resources

In order to access and engage key political stakeholders, advocacy groups for the uninsured must come together to learn how the political system works, identify the incentives that spur stakeholders to action, and determine how to get on and stay on the political agenda.

October 1011, 2001

Cleveland, OH

Bringing Business to the Table: Leveraging Business Assets to Expand Health Care Coverage  

Non-profit organizations typically do not have the same level of business acumen, political leverage, and capital resources as the private sector.  Organizations or programs seeking to promote health coverage can access needed resources by developing innovative partnerships with the business community.  The cluster meeting summary highlights comments from leaders of the business and non-profit sectors on the value of engaging the business community, the business perspective and the basic steps for initiating a business partnership.

May 30-31, 2002

Chicago, IL

Cover the Uninsured Week and Beyond:  Developing Effective CIC Communications Strategies

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working to advance the debate on the issue of the uninsured.  During the week of March 10-16, 2003, RWJF and some of the most influential organizations in the country will cosponsor Cover the Uninsured Week, a weeklong series of national and local activities designed to raise awareness about the issue of the uninsured.  The Communities in Charge (CIC) cluster meeting, "Cover the Uninsured Week and Beyond..." was an opportunity for the CIC communities to learn about partnering with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation around Cover the Uninsured Week (CTUW) and use CTUW as a platform for advancing their own local/community-based health financing and delivery initiatives.


November 6-7, 2002

Washington, DC

Fun! Games! Prizes!* (Business Planning)

On June 5 and 6, 2003, Communities in Charge (CIC) project directors and community leaders convened in Rosemont, Illinois for the CIC cluster meeting, "Fun! Games! Prizes! (i.e., Business Planning)."  The purpose of the final cluster meeting was to build the case for business planning and, through the communities' presentations, understand how and when the business planning process can be of value.  The communities were encouraged to share insights from their individual business planning processes and use their collective learnings and/or experiences to problem-solve around selected topics.

June 5-6 2003

Rosemont, IL





5th Annual Communities in Charge  Annual                 Project Directors' Meeting 

The CIC Project Directors and guests convened January 14-16, 2004 in Austin, Texas for the 5th and final Project Directors' Meeting.  The objectives of the meeting were to 1) bring closure to the last four years and 2) establish bridges, both formal and informal, to the future.  By welcoming CEO-types from each community, the meeting was geared toward discussing proven keys to success and longer-term strategies for sustainability.

January 14-16     2004

Austin, TX

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