UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism

UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism

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Advocating for universal health coverage: A new toolkit for civil society

The Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) developed the Health for All Advocacy Toolkit to strengthen capacity, inspire action, and mobilize civil society in support of the global movement for universal health coverage.

Overview

With WACI Health—an African regional advocacy organization—we co-host the UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM), the civil society constituent of the UHC2030 International Health Partnership (UHC2030). The objectives of the CSEM are to raise civil society voices to ensure that policies and programs for universal health coverage (UHC) are inclusive and equitable, with systematic attention to the most marginalized and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind. The CSEM will give special focus to civil society’s critical role in shaping and monitoring the COVID-19 response by:

  • Influencing policy design and implementation
  • Lobbying for participatory and inclusive policy development and implementation processes
  • Strengthening citizen-led social accountability mechanisms
  • Promoting coordination between civil society organization platforms and networks working on health-related issues at the national, regional, and global levels
  • Enabling civil society to have a voice in the UHC2030 movement

Our experience in UHC policy, advocacy, and communications, informed by our health systems programmatic work, makes us uniquely suited to help the CSEM achieve its objectives.Membership in the CSEM is open to all civil society representatives advancing health, financing, and governance agendas that relate to achieving UHC. Identifying as a UHC advocate is not a requirement for joining. To join the CSEM, please fill out this form. Get in touch with the CSEM Secretariat at csem@msh.org and follow CSEM on Twitter: @CSOs4UHC. For more information on CSEM’s activities, visit the website.

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Advocating for Universal Health Coverage: A New Toolkit for Civil Society

Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Senior Technical Director and Practice Area Lead for Health Policy, Advocacy and Engagement, and Integrated Health Care
Amy Boldosser-Boesch

Senior Technical Director and Practice Area Lead for Health Policy, Advocacy, and Engagement and Integrated Health Care

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Amy Boldosser-Boesch is Senior Director and head of the FCI Program of MSH and Practice Area Lead for Health Policy, Advocacy, and Engagement. She leads MSH’s technical work in women, children, and adolescent health and leads the FCI Program of MSH team’s advocacy and accountability work for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health and for access to universal health coverage. Boldosser-Boesch is also responsible for managing the Secretariat for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030, which is hosted at MSH. Previously, she was interim president and CEO, and vice president of global advocacy, at Family Care International (FCI), a non-governmental organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer in the developing world, whose programs and staff were integrated into MSH in late 2015.

Boldosser-Boesch has extensive experience in both global and domestic health policy advocacy, with a focus on women’s and adolescent health and rights. Before joining FCI, she was director of local advocacy initiatives at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, led a NYC Department of Health-funded initiative to increase emergency contraception access among adolescents and immigrant women, was program officer and interim deputy director at the International Organization for Adolescents, and worked in the Health Equity program of the Rockefeller Foundation on public health projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Boldosser-Boesch is an active member of a number of global advocacy initiatives, including the Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Working Group, the Advance Family Planning Leadership Group, the FP2020 Expert Advisory Community, and serves on the UNFPA Global Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish and French at an advanced level. Boldosser-Boesch holds a Master of International Affairs in Human Rights from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

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