Getting it right for the public good is our passion.

For a compass, we follow a set of Core Tenets that guide our day-to-day work.CHCS is valued by health care stakeholders across the country for its personal hands-on approach and ability to make critical connections between innovative ideas and current policies and between states and delivery systems. For a compass, we follow a set of Core Tenets that guide our day-to-day work.

  1. We innovate like social entrepreneurs to find gaps and improve health care for low-income populations.
  2. We think nationally, but act locally. We see the big policy picture, but tailor ideas/programs to unique state politics, delivery systems, and organizations.
  3. We live for dialectic. We challenge the status quo and consider the full range of possibilities before reaching conclusions. Our ideas evolve accordingly.
  4. We attend to nuance and embrace ambiguity. There is no one map for getting our work done; we listen carefully and improvise to find the path that will succeed in a particular place and time.
  5. We strive to keep “getting it right.” We are committed to building our expertise, staying ahead of the curve, and achieving excellence across all work products.
  6. We invest in people, relationships, and teamwork. We are a trusted, responsive, and astute partner – our receptiveness to funders, clients, and internal colleagues builds strong relationships, reinforces teamwork, and enables our success.
  7. We create opportunities for collaboration and shared learning. We are a catalyst for brokering new relationships, ideas, and best practices across state and federal agencies, delivery systems, providers, and consumer groups.
  8. We take the long view. We see past obstacles and stay focused on promoting the best care for low-income beneficiaries of publicly financed care, now and into the future.