Advocacy Overview

CHA's advocacy efforts strive to shape the impact of federal legislation and policies. Working together with advocates from Catholic health systems and facilities nationwide, CHA's Washington, DC-based advocacy team focuses on initiatives to strengthen the viability of the Catholic health ministry as not-for-profit providers and support the ministry's emphasis on creating a more just and compassionate health care system. 

In addition to working with our health ministry partners on key initiatives, CHA also collaborates with other Catholic partners, health and other organizations in addressing areas of mutual concern. For more information about CHA's advocacy priorities and activities, please see the additional information on this site and feel free to contact a member of CHA's advocacy staff with any further questions.

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CHA's Vision for U.S. Health Care

Advocacy Agenda 2017-2018


115th Congress

The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest not-for-profit provider of health care services in the nation. By pursuing the priorities of the ministry, CHA is working to create health care that serves everyone. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are served by Catholic health care organizations providing acute care, skilled nursing and other services including hospice, home health, assisted living and senior housing. Our advocacy is grounded in the core values that form our Vision for U.S. Health Care:

  • Human Dignity
  • Concern for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Justice
  • Common Good
  • Stewardship
  • Pluralism

Download the 2017-2018 Advocacy Agenda

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CHA Staff

Lisa Smith
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy 
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Kathy Curran

Senior Director, Public Policy
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Julie Trocchio
Senior Director, Community Benefit and
Continuing Care
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Clay O'Dell
Director, Member Advocacy
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Indu Spugnardi
Director, Advocacy & Resource Development
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Washington Update

Washington Update
Published weekly when Congress is in session, Washington Update provides important information on advocacy and public policy topics that are important to Catholic health care organizations.The newsletter is available only to members of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.