About Consumer Health First

From Left: Ellen Weber, Susan Wood, Leni Preston, Adrienne Ellis, Leigh Cobb, Mary Lou Fox

From Left: Ellen Weber, Susan Wood, Leni Preston, Adrienne Ellis, Leigh Cobb, Mary Lou Fox

Consumer Health First was launched on May 19, 2016, to carry on the work started by the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform, which was formed in 2006. Consumer Health First is a statewide, non-partisan, grassroots alliance of individuals and organizations that seeks solutions and advances reforms that promote health equity through access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality care for all Marylanders.

Our members include nearly 100 nonprofits, state agencies, organizations, and businesses, as well as thousands of individuals. Membership is free and open to individuals and organizations.

Consumer Health First believes that:

Women and men, working together, can make Maryland a national leader in health care reform.


Consumer Health First's Strategies for Success

Consumer Health First has adopted four primary strategies:

  • Education - of our constituents, elected officials and the public
  • Outreach - to all potential allies of reform
  • Engagement - of our members in the policy issues of reform and its solutions
  • Advocacy and Action - on the part of our CHF members and all those interested in being health care reformers.