December 13, 2017
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Consumers for Affordable Health Care names executive director

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AUGUSTA, Maine —  The Consumers for Affordable Health Care  Board of Directors has selected current Associate Director Emily Brostek as the organization’s new executive director.

“Emily Brostek has all the right skills to lead CAHC into the future, and build on the strong foundation established by Joe Ditre, the organization’s founding executive director,” said Board President Helen Hanson, in a press release. “Emily’s success as a nonprofit leader, her experience as a committed patient and consumer advocate, and her passion for social justice all position her to ensure the organization’s continued success. We are excited to embark into the future of CAHC with Emily, as we continue to advocate for the right to quality, affordable health care for every man, woman, and child.”

Over the last year, Brostek guided CAHC through the first Open Enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. During this time, Brostek led CAHC through the largest increase in activity the organization has ever seen, including a 75 percent increase in calls to the Consumer Assistance HelpLine and a 279 percent increase in outreach and education.

Brostek also authored Regional Assister Roundtables: Maximizing Enrollment Success by Creating a Community of Assisters, a report that highlights the major factors leading to Maine’s success in enrolling over 44,000 people into Affordable Care Act health coverage. This report was released in conjunction with Families USA, and featured in blogs and reports by Community Catalyst and Enroll America.

Brostek has extensive experience in nonprofit management, program planning and evaluation, consumer and patient advocacy, health literacy, and health communication. Prior to joining CAHC, Brostek worked as Training Institute Manager at Hardy Girls Healthy Women, where she tripled program participation and doubled revenue. Brostek is also an experienced health educator, and has worked in hospitals and other clinical settings. Brostek holds a Master of Public Health and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is a NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist. She is also a member of Delta Omega, the public health honorary society.

“I am honored to be CAHC’s next Executive Director,” said Brostek. “Over the organization’s 26 years, CAHC has led Maine to become first in the nation to enact the very health policies that became the basis for national health reform. I am excited to work with the talented and passionate advocates on CAHC’s staff and board and to collaborate with our state and national partners to continue this legacy, and protect the rights and interests of Maine people.”

“Emily Brostek brings tremendous energy and talent to Consumers for Affordable Health Care. Her expertise in Marketplace and MaineCare eligibility criteria coupled with her effective management skills and collaborative spirit, make her a perfect fit not only here at Consumers for Affordable Health Care but also with the fantastic network of consumer advocates across Maine. I’m very happy to leave the organization in such capable hands,” said Joe Ditre, founding executive director, in a press release.

Brostek will assume the position of executive director on Sept. 1.