2023 Cohort of State-Based Teams Collaborating to Advance Health Equity Announced
The new year brings a new cohort of Advancing Health Equity (AHE) Learning Collaborative teams working together to identify and eliminate inequities in health and healthcare.  This month, four states and D.C. joined the existing teams of state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid health plans, health care delivery organizations, and community partners.  Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AHE convenes IMI, the University of Chicago Medicine, and the Center for Health Care Strategies to design value-based payment and contracting models that support and incentivize healthcare delivery transformation to reduce and eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Learn more here.
Health Equity Advisory Team Releases Actionable Guidance on Social Risk Adjustment 
The Health Equity Advisory Team (HEAT) has designed essential and enhanced approaches to offer meaningful direction and expectations that promote multi-stakeholder alignment.  These approaches also allow for customization based on local context and the needs of the populations being served. HEAT is chaired by IMI board member Karen Dale MSN, RN (she/her) and Founding Executive Director Jennifer Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN(she/her) serves as a member.
New Learning Series on Midwifery Business Case Development in Medicaid
IMI has launched a national learning series addressing the essential elements of midwifery business case development to provide services to Medicaid enrollees. The series will consist of monthly, free 60-minute web-based sessions and will touch on a myriad of topics including reimbursement rates, adoption of innovative payment models, expansion of service delivery models, and advancement of policies to increase access to midwifery care.  Applications are currently open and will be accepted through February 9th.  More information, including session dates, a preview of covered topics, and link to application can be found here.
Funding Received to Evaluate the Adoption of California’s Maternal Mental Health Law 
With support from the California Health Care Foundation, IMI has launched a new project focused on Medi-Cal health plans’ interpretation and implementation of maternal mental health legislation passed in 2019.  Through key stakeholder interviews, the project will look at health plans’ understanding and implementation of this legislation and identify needs and opportunities to support Medi-Cal managed care plans and contracted providers in full implementation of the law. Learn more here.
Roadmap: Leveraging Public Health Emergency Flexibilities
IMI was proud to serve in a diverse group of experts representing insurer, consumer, and provider perspectives developed recommendations for federal and state policymakers on which Medicare and Medicaid public health emergency (PHE) flexibilities should be made permanent because they increase equitable, person-centered care for older adults.  More information on the SCAN Foundation project can be accessed here and the report can be read here.
New Childhood Obesity Evaluation and Treatment Guidance Features IMI Co-Authors 
The American Academy of Pediatrics published comprehensive guidance on childhood obesity evaluation and treatment.  The updated guidance comes more than fifteen years after AAP’s previous recommendations and includes two reports co-authored by the IMI's national advisory board member and chair of the subcommittee on child and adolescent health, Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP (she/her) and Founding Executive Director Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN (she/her).  The two technical reports serve as the background research for the guidance. Read more here.
New Open Role and Summer Internship Opportunities Available
IMI currently looking for a health policy and program manager. Learn more and view all current IMI employment opportunities here.
IMI is also welcoming summer interns who are passionate about our mission to join our team this summer. We have positions open for a summer intern as well as a social media specialist intern.

Are you interested in learning more about the work of IMI?  Join us virtually and in-person at one of the many events, meetings, and conferences across the United States!  Check the list of events below to see upcoming speaking engagements and archived recordings.
In case you missed it...
In the past months, IMI presented at a number of virtual events. Watch and listen to archived recordings from the events below:
Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) Leadership Academy
Presentation of IMI Annual Medicaid MCO Survey Findings
ACAP’s Leadership Academy is a one-year program that uses an experiential learning process including in-person meetings, virtual meetings, and peer and executive leadership networking to inform and educate plan staff on important issues related to Medicaid managed care programs. The Leadership Academy provides a professional education and learning experience to enhance knowledge about Medicaid policy and operations and advance leadership skills.

IMI's Dr. Jennifer E. Moore (she/her) will present the findings from the Annual Medicaid MCO Survey to the group.
upcoming: February 10, Washington, D.C. 
Doula & Perinatal Community Health Worker in Medicaid Session #2:
"Program and Training Models for Community-Based Perinatal Support"

This panel discussion covers the core competencies and effective training models for community-based doulas and perinatal community health workers that advance birth equity for Medicaid enrollees. The panel consists of moderator Belinda Pettiford, MPH, (Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, she/her) and panelists Aza Nedhari, CPM, LGPC, (Mamatoto Village, she/her) Jessica Lujan, CD, CLE, (Colibri Corazon, she/her) Sarah Covington-Kolb, MSW, MSPH, CHW, (Center for Community Health Alignment, she/her)
January 5, 2023; virtual event 
Doula & Perinatal Community Health Worker in Medicaid Session #1:
"High-Value, Equitable, & Evidence-Based Community-Based Perinatal Support"

This session provides an overview of community-based perinatal support models, defines community-based doulas and perinatal community health workers, and shares the evidence base for these models. Learn information on the importance of community-based perinatal support in advancing birth equity from IMI's and Every Mother Counts' panel of experts, including Julie Mottl-Santiago, DrPH, CNM, (Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center; she/her); Ebere Oparaeke, MPH, (Boston Medical Center, she/her); and Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, (Commonsense Childbirth, she/her).
December 1, 2022; virtual event 
IMI Annual Medicaid MCO Survey Findings Release Event Archived Recording
IMI's flagship project, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded annual Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) survey report, was released at a live virtual event with a reactant panel of Medicaid experts.  Panelists included Karen Dale, MSN, RN (AmeriHealth Caritas DC, she/her), Gail Graham (Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, she/her), and Dianne Hasselman, MSPH (National Association of Medicaid Directors, she/her).
November 4, 2022; virtual event
IMI Webinar Archived Recording: "Connecting Hands & Hearts: Behavioral Health Partnerships for Children & Adolescents During the Pandemic"
This webinar explores the critical role of community partnerships in Medicaid to improve access to behavioral health care for children and adolescents.  It features a range of experts across Medicaid and community organizations, moderated by IMI Subcommittee on Behavioral Health Co-Chair Ann Giazzoni, MSW, LCSW, MBA (she/her) and IMI Subcommittee on Child and Adolescent Health Chair Sandra Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP (she/her).
October 21, 2022; virtual event

Get Involved!

We have included a summary of the topics and projects that IMI's committees are actively tackling.  Are you interested in joining the discussion?  Email us at Info@MedicaidInnovation.org.
Dissemination & Implementation Committee
  • Gender affirming care
  • Impact of the pandemic on cancer screening and preventive health services
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • Collaboration with SDOH subcommittee’s priorities
Behavioral Health Subcommittee
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Substance use harm reduction
  • Trauma-informed care 
Child & Adolescent Health Subcommittee
  • Impact of Medicaid redetermination on children after the public health emergency
  • Prevention of chronic disease in children, through a community and equity lens
  • Data opportunities for quality initiatives 
Women & Gender Health Subcommittee
  • Annual Medicaid MCO Survey:  Women & Gender Health section
  • Measurement of patient engagement & experience perinatal health
  • Implementation of Doulas; Perinatal Community Health Workers
  • Measuring racism in perinatal health
  • Gender Affirming Project
Data & Research Committee
  • Annual Medicaid MCO survey
  • Health Plan strategies to facilitate Medicaid redetermination post the public health emergency
  • Collection and use of sexual orientation / gender identity data
  • Exploring equitable access to coverage and care.
Annual Medicaid MCO Survey Subcommittee
  • Annual Medicaid MCO survey.
  • Reduction of Annual Medicaid MCO survey burden.
  • Collection of information related to COVID-19, telehealth, health equity, and structural racism through the survey.
Social Determinants of Health Committee:
  • SDOH Data:
    • Standardization of SDOH measures – NCQA 
    • SDOH Data Gaps 
  • Housing/Individuals experiencing homelessness 
  • Community Health Workers
Did you miss one of our recently released new resources?  Below is a snapshot of our articles, reports, tools, and other resources across several key categories.  You can learn more about the mission and vision behind IMI's work here.
2022 Medicaid MCO Survey Fact Sheets
Perinatal Mental Health

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