Six Medicaid Directors Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute Class of 2013
Hamilton, NJ, July 9, 2012 – The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that six Medicaid directors have been chosen to participate as fellows in the 2013 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 the potential addition of up to 17 million new beneficiaries in 2014, Medicaid is poised to become the largest health care purchaser in the U.S., representing roughly one quarter of the nation’s population. More than ever, Medicaid directors will have tremendous opportunities to leverage their purchasing power to influence improvements in health care quality, delivery and value.
“Medicaid directors are ideally positioned to lead the way in reforming our health care system,” said Andy Hyman, JD, senior program officer and coverage team director at RWJF. “We are proud to support the professional development of these dedicated leaders who are guiding efforts to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care for millions of Americans.”
Medicaid directors competitively selected to participate in the unique executive leadership development program are:
- Andrew Allison, PhD, Arkansas
- Suzanne Brennan, Colorado
- Mark Schaefer, PhD, Connecticut
- Linda Elam, PhD, District of Columbia
- Julian Harris, MD, Massachusetts
- Cynthia B. Jones, Virginia
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; improving quality and reducing racial and ethnic disparities; integrating care for people with complex and special needs; and building Medicaid leadership and capacity.