IMI Appoints Newest Governing Board Members
IMI expanded our governing board to welcome the appointment of four new members.  Gail Melissa Graham (she/her); Jimmie Walton Paschall (she/herAlex Briscoe, MA (he/him); and David Jacobson, MBA (he/him); and joined and participated in the first governing board meeting of the year at the IMI offices in Washington, DC. Learn more.
Gail Melissa Graham is the director of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church HIV/AIDS Ministry-Outreach Services, PATIENT professor for the University of Maryland PATIENTS Program, and global representative for the Johns Hopkins University AIDS Clinical Trials Group Network Community Advisory Board, among several other roles.  She is an HIV/AIDS activist with several decades of experience and leadership in the space.  She has served as a member of the IMI national advisory board since 2017.
Jimmie Walton Paschall is formerly executive vice president at Wells Fargo, where she served as head of enterprise diversity & inclusion and strategic philanthropy.  She is known for contributing business wisdom and broad, diverse perspectives to help steer decisions and achieve strategic goals.  In addition to her role on the governing board, she also chairs the newly created IMI development committee.
Alex Briscoe is a principal at the California Children’s Trust and director at the Public Works Alliance. He previously served as director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, one of California’s largest public health systems.  Briscoe’s work has helped design the nexus of public health and public education.  A mental health practitioner, he has designed and administered several mental health and physical health programs and services in child serving systems.
David Jacobson is vice president of Medicaid strategy and business development at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  He leads development and execution of transformational solutions for integrated whole-person care with a track record as a change agent to increase affordability and the health of individuals and communities.
2023 MCO Survey Instrument is Live!
This year’s survey is more focused, with 30% fewer questions, and features an online option to make completion easier.  This year marks six years of data collection, providing valuable insights into how Medicaid health plans experienced and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each participating health plan will receive an individualized, benchmarked report of deidentified, aggregated responses from health plans of similar size.
Access the survey on our website.  Completed surveys are due by March 15th.
IMI is also seeking volunteers to serve on survey workgroups and suggest survey questions. Learn more here.
New CDPS & CDPS+Rx Risk Adjustment Webinar
Join IMI and University of California San Diego for a webinar on our recent efforts to update the CDPS and CDPS+Rx risk adjustment model for Medicaid.
The webinar will cover key topics including information on the process we deployed to update the CDPS and CDPS+Rx risk adjustment model and outline the major changes as part of the release of version 7.0.
The webinar will also highlight the outcomes from exploratory work to incorporate social determinants of health data, including social deprivation indices and identify the policy implications for this groundbreaking work.
Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during registration and live during the e-moderated discussion.
The webinar will take place on April 7 at 2:00PM (ET). Register Here
IMI Study Finds Large Disparities in Preterm Birth and Low Birthweight 
A new study published in the February issue of Health Affairs found substantial disparities in rates of low birthweight and preterm birth among disaggregated racial and ethnic subcategories (e.g., Chinese or Mexican) within broader, more commonly utilized categories (e.g., Asian or Hispanic). The authors, IMI senior research fellow Dr. Clare Brown (she/her) and IMI founding executive director Dr. Jennifer E. Moore (she/her), used five years of Vital Statistics data and found large differences in rates of low birthweight and preterm birth between subcategories within broader categories. A podcast interviewing Dr. Brown is also available.
New Open Role and Internship Opportunities 
IMI is currently looking for a health policy and program manager-health equity. 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:
Doula & Perinatal Community Health Worker in Medicaid Session #3:
"Program and Training Models for Community-Based Perinatal Support"

This session includes brief presentations and a panel discussion providing insights on contracting, credentialing, and payment mechanisms in Medicaid. The speakers include Juleese Williams, (Accompany Doula Care, she/her); Iris Bicksler, CHW, PSS, Doula, (PacificSource Health Plans, she/her); Joíní James, B.Sc., LC, MCD, (HealthConnect One, she/her); and Shonvá Millien, LPN, CD, (HealthConnect One, she/her).
February 2, 2023; virtual event 
Session Materials
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) presented the findings from the Annual Medicaid MCO Survey to the group. 
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 
Session Materials
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 
Session Materials
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

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
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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