(BOSTON) – Community Catalyst today announced that Phillip O. González has joined the organization as Program Director of the Roadmaps to Health Community Grants, which support two-year state and local efforts among policymakers, business, education, health care, public health and community organizations to address the social, economic and other factors that affect the health of people in their community. The grants are managed by Community Catalyst and are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).
As Program Director, González oversees grant funding and assistance with coalition building, grassroots mobilization, policy research analysis, campaign design and implementation, and communications and media strategies to help the grantees achieve results in improving the health of their communities. The grantees will focus on several different factors that influence health—from economic conditions to family structure.
“I am excited to be part of a ground-breaking project that builds on Community Catalyst’s work to improve the health care system by applying our successful advocacy strategies to help groups address the social and economic factors that affect people’s health in their community,” said González.
“Phillip’s knowledge of health policy and his depth of experience in grantmaking, fundraising, project management and community outreach advocacy make him the perfect fit to lead Roadmaps to Health Community Grants,” said Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst. “He will provide the strategic guidance and leadership grantees need to achieve results in improving the health of their communities.”
González previously served as Director of Grantmaking for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Prior to that he served as Director for the Philanthropy and Physician Diversity projects at Community Catalyst. He has also held positions at Harvard Medical School, Partners HealthCare, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Education. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.
About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all. Community Catalyst works in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and foundations, providing leadership and support to improve the health of communities and to change the health care system so it serves everyone. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Read or comment on our blog at http://blog.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @healthpolicyhub.