Project Description: Georgia Watch will leverage the policy expertise and relationships Georgians for a Healthy Future has in the region, as well as the local knowledge and community trust that SOWEGA Rising has as a grassroots, black-led organization based in Southwest Georgia. The partnership will educate Georgians about their rights and work with community groups and local health care providers to implement community-specific polices to address local needs around me dical billing and debt.

Georgia Watch

Georgia Watch is a statewide non-profit leading consumer advocacy. They advocate for policies that reduce the energy burden of struggling families, expand access to quality, affordable health care, open doors to the financial mainstream, and improve access to the civil justice system.

Georgia Watch (@georgiawatch) / Twitter



SOWEGA Rising is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Southwest Georgia. The goal is to facilitate Southwest Georgia’s rise from the bottom of the state to the top of the list of quality of life metrics by empowering individuals and revitalizing communities through rural revitalization, community organizing, education, coalition-building and advocacy in the areas of human and civil rights and social justice, and by increasing citizen engagement in the democratic processes of our state.

Sowega Rising | Facebook


Georgians for a Healthy Future

Georgians for a Healthy Future's mission is to build and mobilize a unified voice, vision, and leadership to achieve a healthy future for all Georgians. They provide a strong voice for Georgia consumers and communities on the health care issues and decisions that impact their lives.


New Mexico

Project Description: New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty will work with Casa de Salud and Forward Together to strengthen consumer advocacy in New Mexico to reduce medical debt by addressing unfair billings and collections practices in hospitals statewide. The partnership will engage families in low-income communities to work with state policymakers and hospitals to maximize public funding and strengthen financial assistance programs.


New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy and litigation. We work with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities and protect the rights of people living in poverty. Through Roadmaps to Health Community Grants, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and its partners will help agricultural workers get the pay they are entitled to and ensure that the DWS is properly enforcing state labor laws.

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty | Facebook


Justice, Access, Support and Solutions for Health (Casa de Salud)

Casa de Salud is a permanent project of Justice, Access, Support and Solutions for Health (JAZZ for Health), a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. Casa de Salud is a non-profit community based integrative primary care serving primarily uninsured patients.


Forward Together

Forward Together unites communities to win rights, recognition and resources for all families.

They are a steering team partner in the New Mexico Together for Healthcare Campaign and Coalition where they work to influence state and local level policy in the steps towards quality, affordable healthcare for all in New Mexico. Their mission is to interweave traditional and conventional medicines to meet the physical and spiritual health needs of its patients in a welcoming, just, creative, and inclusive environment.  

Strong Families New Mexico | Facebook

Forward Together (@FwdTogether) / Twitter



Project Description: The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights will engage in partnership with Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, Mano a Mano, Enlace Chicago, and Legal Council for Health Justice to advance consumer-friendly hospital billing and collection policies and racial justice by advocating for changes in law, policy, and practice through developing a state-wide health education and advocacy campaign. The partnership will engage low-income immigrant communities to advocate for increased transparency and accountability on charity care, as well as advocacy for individual patients and with individual health systems in Cook and the collar counties around Chicago.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

ICIRR is a statewide non-profit dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrant and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. ICIRR works in partnership with member organizations to build power and organize immigrant and refugee communities.


Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Mujeres Latinas en Acción is a bilingual/bicultural agency that empowers Latinas through social services and advocacy initiatives that promote non-violence, reproductive health and leadership development.


Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project

Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project is a social impact organization committed to community organizing for the rights of immigrants in Chicago’s southwest suburbs through education, civic engagement, and advocacy.


Mano a Mano Family Resource Center

Mano a Mano offers a one-stop-shop for culturally competent health resources and services, educational classes and workshops, and immigration legal services for vulnerable communities. Their mission is to empower immigrants and their families to become full participants in their community.


Enlace Chicago

Enlace Chicago convenes, organizes, and builds the capacity of the Little Village neighborhood stakeholders to confront inequities and barriers to economic and social access. Enlace Chicago believes in building power through collaboration and grassroots leadership, promotes livable communities with access and opportunity for all, and values social justice and systems change.


Legal Council for Health Justice

Legal Council for Health Justice uses the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing barriers due to illness or disability. They fight for affordable health coverage and prescriptions, safe and stable housing, a free and appropriate education, the nutritious food communities needs to stay healthy, and other resources influenced by social determinants of health.

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Our Impact

Community Health Needs Assessment federal regulations require hospitals to address disparities in health care, a key issue Community Catalyst pushed for in comments throughout the rule-making process. The regulations also acknowledge the impact of medical debt on community health, a connection Community Catalyst emphasized in comments.