2017 Annual Reception and Fundraiser
December 1, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Woman’s Club of Charleston
1600 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
Robert Restuccia is our special guest speaker. He is the Executive Director of Community Catalyst, a national non-profit organization founded in 1998 to build state-level advocacy networks and consumer leadership to improve health and health care in America.
Rob has built Community Catalyst into one of the most respected and effective consumer advocacy organizations in the country. Under his leadership, Community Catalyst has established an impressive track record of working with national, state and local partners to achieve health care reforms in more than 40 states and at the federal level. Community Catalyst has led successful national campaigns to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act, expand children’s health coverage, curb conflicts of interests created by pharmaceutical marketing, protect consumer interests in hospital and insurer conversions, strengthen hospital community benefits and protect Medicaid from federal and state budget cuts.
Rob has a long history of fighting for the right to health care. He was a founder of Health Care For All in Massachusetts and became its Executive Director in 1989. During his tenure, he led numerous successful campaigns to expand Massachusetts residents’ health coverage. He also worked closely with Robert Master, M.D. on the creation of the Commonwealth Care Alliance, a consumer-governed non-profit organization offering a full spectrum of medical and social services for people with complex health care needs.
Rob has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Commonwealth Care Alliance. He has been a recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Families USA Health Care Advocate of the Year Award, the Massachusetts Health Council Award, Gail Douglas Award for Public Health Practice and the Boston University School of Public Health Teaching Award.