Medicaid Directors Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute
Hamilton, NJ, July 1, 2013 – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) today announced that Medicaid directors have been chosen to participate as fellows in the 2014 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. CHCS directs this RWJF-funded initiative to build the capacity of Medicaid directors to transform their programs into national models for accessible, cost-effective care.
With nearly 60 million beneficiaries today and up to 12 million more under health care reform, Medicaid is the largest health care purchaser in the U.S., representing nearly one quarter of the nation’s population. More than ever, Medicaid directors have tremendous opportunities to leverage their purchasing power to influence improvements in U.S. health and health care.
“The quality of leadership provided by state Medicaid directors is increasingly important,” said John Lumpkin, MD, vice president and health care group director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Our investment in the professional development of these state officials recognizes the growing role they play in guiding the health care of millions of Americans.”
Medicaid directors competitively selected to participate in the unique executive leadership development program are:
- Justin Senior, Florida
- Susan Mosier, MD, Kansas
- Lawrence Kissner, Kentucky
- Stephen Fitton, Michigan
- Carol Backstrom, Minnesota
- Mark Larson, Vermont
- Brett Davis, Wisconsin
The 2014 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute is the fifth group of Medicaid directors chosen for this prestigious executive training program. Since 2009, directors from 22 states serving nearly 40 million beneficiaries – roughly 2/3 of the national Medicaid population – have participated in the year-long curriculum. The program is managed by CHCS and directed by Carolyn Ingram, senior vice president at CHCS and former New Mexico Medicaid director.
“Each of these seven Medicaid directors is essentially the CEO of one of the largest health insurers in his or her state. We are excited to work with these executives and their senior management teams to maximize the value of their programs for millions of beneficiaries,” said Ms. Ingram. “The Medicaid directors chosen bring a diverse array of experiences to the Institute and will spur each other to take full advantage of opportunities to transform the nation’s health care safety net.”
The 12-month Institute is designed to enhance the strategic thinking, substantive knowledge, individual leadership, and technical skills that directors need to effectively lead and foster innovation in their state Medicaid programs. For more information about the Medicaid Leadership Institute, visit www.medicaidleaders.org.
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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.
About the Center for Health Care Strategies
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care access and quality for low-income Americans. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs. Its program priorities are: enhancing access to coverage and services; advancing quality and efficiency through delivery system reform; integrating care for people with complex needs; and building Medicaid leadership and capacity.