History: After beginning in 2000 as the Faith Project of the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN), Faithful Reform in Health Care was later founded as a separate faith-based coalition. It subsequently grew into the largest coalition of national, regional, state and local faith-based organizations and individual people of faith advocating for a system of health care that includes everyone and works well for all who live in the United States.
In 2007, long before health care reform was back on the federal legislative agenda, about 75 faith leaders from across the country gathered at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, OH, to:
- reflect upon how to raise the moral imperative for health care for all in our national dialogue;
- engage people of faith in non-partisan conversations that elevated the principles of health care justice that are found in all faith traditions;
- organize people of faith around the work of making health care a reality for everyone in the U.S.
The initial work of the new coalition focused on developing a shared Vision Statement — A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care — which was ultimately signed by thousands of organizations and individuals representing all 50 states. Based on their shared vision, advocates hosted national, state, and local prayer vigils and educational activities; convened regular nationwide conference calls; organized call-in days and Congressional visits in support of health care for all; and facilitated the creation of a Supreme Court brief to support the expansion of Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act;
While recognizing that some changes are needed to make the Affordable Care Act work better for all of us, those who have shared in the work of the Faithful Reform coalition still affirm that the basic values and principles of health care justice in the ACA remain intact. Collectively and individually, faith groups across the country continue to advance the progress that was made toward health care for all in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010.
This website continues to serve as a repository of resources to support people of faith who are working for a system of health care that includes and works well for everyone in the U.S.
Members: Rather than members per se, Faithful Reform in Health Care is known by the groups that signed and shared “A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care” and worked together for a health care future that includes everyone and works well for all of us. The names of those member groups are seen on the Vision Statement, as well as on subsequent sign-on letters.
Leadership: Rev. Linda Hanna Walling, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was the Founder and Executive Director of Faithful Reform in Health Care. However, leadership of the coalition’s work was shared among members of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community (WISC) Health Care Working Group, program staff in national and state-based interreligious councils, and local faith-based health care justice leadership. It is through those leaders that the work continues today.