Statement from Board of Directors on Decision to Dissolve Consumer Health First

Celebrating 13 years of promoting access, quality, and equity through coalition building and advocacy on behalf of Maryland’s health care consumers

After engaging with a consultant and thinking deeply about what it would take to sustain our work, Consumer Health First’s Board of Directors has determined it is time to dissolve the organization.

We are proud of the role that Consumer Health First, as a voice for consumers, has played in making Maryland a national model for health care reform over the past 13 years. From expanding coverage for children in 2007 to supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, to improving the health insurance marketplace, and creating a consumer-centered health care delivery system today, you can read more about our accomplishments here

Consumer Health First launched as the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform in 2006. Since then, we have been driven by the dedication, expertise and passion of our all-volunteer board to promote health equity through access to comprehensive, high quality and affordable health care for all Marylanders. 

In 2016, the organization wanted to ensure its long-term sustainability. The Coalition transformed to become a 501(c)(3) organization and rebranded as Consumer Health First. That came with a commitment to transition to a nonprofit governance structure for the Board of Directors with a paid staff to fully implement its strategic objectives. 

That transition, however, turned out to be more challenging than anticipated due to both internal and external factors. As a result, Consumer Health First’s Board voted to dissolve the organization. 

Since our founding we have depended on the commitment of countless individuals, who have shared their time and expertise, to further a shared health equity mission. In addition, we have relied upon the support of our major funders – Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, and Raising Women’s Voices – as well as countless private donors, and our state and national organizational partners. Our thanks go out to each and every one of them. 

As Consumer Health First comes to a close, many on the Board will continue their own roles as health policy advocates. We also urge everyone who has been vital to our success to continue their own commitment to elevate the consumer voice and to ensure that Maryland continues to advance the goal of equitable access to health care that puts the needs and interests of consumers first.

Thank you for 13 great years!