Request for Proposals Released for 2011 Medicaid Leadership Institute Class

November 10, 2009

 Contact: Lorie Martin, Center for Health Care Strategies, (609) 528-8400,

Institute expands the leadership capacity of Medicaid directors to pursue innovation in publicly financed programs to deliver higher quality, more cost-effective health care services.
Hamilton, NJ – Applications are now being accepted for the second cohort of the Medicaid Leadership Institute, a unique initiative to help Medicaid directors transform their programs into national models for high-quality, cost-effective care. The Medicaid Leadership Institute is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation directed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). The inaugural class of Fellows announced in June 2009 includes: Toby Douglas, California; Carolyn Ingram, New Mexico; MaryAnne Lindeblad, Washington; Lynn Mitchell, Oklahoma; Carol Steckel, Alabama; and Sandeep Wadhwa, Colorado.
Medicaid plays a huge and growing role in the U.S. health care system. It provides coverage for approximately  60 million Americans making it the nation’s largest health insurer in terms of individuals covered.  Medicaid also represents the largest portion of total spending in most states, accounting for 21 percent on average of state expenditures. Under the health reform proposals currently in Congress, Medicaid’s responsibilities would expand dramatically.
The 12-month Medicaid Leadership Institute is designed to enhance the strategic thinking, substantive knowledge, individual leadership, and technical skills necessary for directors to foster innovation in their state programs and maximize Medicaid’s central role in transforming the nation’s health care system. The curriculum includes in-person meetings, site visits to participant states, individualized leadership coaching, and opportunities to network with leaders from other states and experts in many fields. The program is managed by CHCS and directed by Melanie Bella, senior vice president at CHCS and former Indiana Medicaid director.
“This program offers a truly unique opportunity for Medicaid directors, particularly in the current environment as state leaders contemplate the implications of health reform while balancing difficult fiscal challenges,” said Ms. Bella. “Our work with the inaugural class has been extremely gratifying and we look forward to another strong class next year.”
Up to eight Medicaid directors will be competitively selected as Fellows for the second Medicaid Leadership Institute class (July 2010–June 2011). Only current Medicaid directors are eligible to apply. Below are key dates for the application process. For more information and to download the Request for Proposals, please visit

Key Dates

  • January 19, 2010 -- Informational web conference call for prospective applicants; for more information and to register, visit
  • February 19, 2010 -- Deadline for receipt of applications.
  • May 17, 2010 -- Notification of acceptance.
  • July 1, 2010 -- Program launch.
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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 more than 35 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 quality for low-income children and adults, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, frail elders, and racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing disparities in care. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, and providers to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs. Its program priorities are: improving quality and reducing racial and ethnic disparities; integrating care for people with complex and special needs; and building Medicaid leadership and capacity.


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