Board of Directors

Aza Nedhari, MS, CPM

Aza Nedhari, MS, CPM
CEO and Co-founder, Mamatoto Village

"One pathway to achieving reproductive justice through Medicaid is to advance culturally responsive care and innovative payment models that incentives high-quality healthcare delivery. "

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Nicole Truhe, MPA

Nicole Truhe, MPA
Chair, IMI National Advisory Board
Senior Director of Policy, Medicaid, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

"As the conversation largely shifts to one of how to strengthen and enhance Medicaid’s long-term viability as the safety net public medical assistance program it was originally envisioned to be, health plans have the opportunity to serve as a key partner in developing innovative and forward looking initiatives that effectively address the needs of the individuals and families they serve."

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Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson
Senior Vice President, Policy & Strategy
UnitedHealthcare Community & State

"Medicaid is the foundation of this country’s health care. It serves people from the beginning of life to the end of life by addressing health and well-being with compassion and a focus on improving quality of life. Medicaid is unlike any other delivery system or payer and serves as a road map to improving the nation’s health system."

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Judith Chamberlain, MD, FAAFP

Judith Chamberlain, MD, FAAFP
Chair, IMI Board of Directors
Retired Family Physician
Retired Senior Medical Director, Aetna Medicaid

"As long as we have a multi-payer, profit-based system to pay for healthcare in this country we will have people who cannot afford insurance or who fall in the gap between eligibility for Medicaid and eligibility for subsidy on the Exchanges. Medicaid will remain our safety net for people in poverty and near-poverty for the foreseeable future."

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Karen Dale, MSN, RN

Karen Dale, MSN, RN
Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Medicaid Innovation
Market President
AmeriHealth Caritas DC

"Medicaid will remain a strong program with an emphasis on value-based payment, strategic collaboration with community stakeholders to address social risk factors and, the democratization of data such that predictive analytics and sophisticated modeling is available to providers to improve treatment planning and population health."

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Anne Ekedahl (De Biasi), MHA

Anne Ekedahl (De Biasi), MHA
Retired Director of Policy Development
Trust for America’s Health

"Medicaid is a leader in providing high quality, value-based care to low-income citizens and thus IMI can be a leading force in driving delivery and payment system innovation."

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Wendy Morriarty, MPH, RN

Wendy Morriarty, MPH, RN
Treasurer, IMI Board of Directors
Vice President, Chief Medicaid Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

"The size and scope of Medicaid is often overlooked in the broader discussions of healthcare transformation in America. In the next decade, Medicaid is predicted to be a trillion-dollar program with over 80 million lives covered. One in five residents across the country is covered by Medicaid, providing coverage for 50% of births and over 60% of the costs for Long Term Care facilities. It is the single largest funding source for behavioral health services. Without a focus on Medicaid innovation, a vast portion of our healthcare system would be overlooked putting our most vulnerable citizens at risk."

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Kelly Munson

Kelly Munson
Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Medicaid Innovation
President, Aetna Medicaid, A CVS Health Company

"Our health care system is changing rapidly and creating exciting opportunities to positively impact population health and health equity. Medicaid health plans are rising to meet the moment, and by delivering new evidence-based programs that help people take control of their health, we can transform and improve the lives of Medicaid beneficiaries and those around them."

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National Advisory Board

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s National Advisory Board is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of national leaders and experts representing the federal government, academic and non-academic research institutions, patient advocacy organizations, clinician groups, and Medicaid patients/families with extensive expertise in one or many areas of health services research, implementation science, Medicaid populations, health disparities, community engagement, and patient advocacy.

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN
Founding Executive Director
Institute for Medicaid Innovation

"To improve Medicaid through innovative models, we must first know what is working and not working well in the program. This process begins by engaging Medicaid enrollees and their families as key partners by listening, learning, and understanding their experiences and perspectives."

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Haleta Belai, MBA

Haleta Belai, MBA
Director, Social Determinants of Health Innovation, Centene Corporation
Chair, Social Determinants of Health Subcommittee

"Medicaid health plans and organizations like IMI have a unique opportunity to drive high-impact innovation through partnership with Medicaid enrollees and community partners. This is what will propel us collectively toward the ultimate goals of whole health and health equity."

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Kimberly A. Bower, MD FAAHPM HMDC

Kimberly A. Bower, MD FAAHPM HMDC
Medical Director, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
Chair, Dissemination & Implementation Committee

"The access to healthcare that is provided by Medicaid is foundational to the well being of our society; Medicaid will not be able to achieve the goals of promoting optimal health outcomes, quality of life, and health equity without continuous learning and innovating."

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Judith Chamberlain, MD, FAAFP

Judith Chamberlain, MD, FAAFP
Chair, IMI Board of Directors
Retired Family Physician
Retired Senior Medical Director, Aetna Medicaid

"As long as we have a multi-payer, profit-based system to pay for healthcare in this country we will have people who cannot afford insurance or who fall in the gap between eligibility for Medicaid and eligibility for subsidy on the Exchanges. Medicaid will remain our safety net for people in poverty and near-poverty for the foreseeable future."

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Nicholas DeGregorio, MD, FACP, MMM

Nicholas DeGregorio, MD, FACP, MMM
Senior Medical Director, UPMC for You, Inc.
Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Behavioral Health

"Through innovative policy, research, and managed care solutions, Medicaid has evolved beyond a safety-net to a stable platform for improving the lives of our most vulnerable populations, enhancing access, quality, equity, and value in healthcare."

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Shanita “OABBY” Edwards, CD

Shanita “OABBY” Edwards, CD
CEO of OABBY Natural Healing

"Medicaid coverage is the only option for most families in my community; as it was for me when I gave birth to my son 17 years ago. The Medicaid program has unlimited potential, which is necessary in order to properly serve, heal, and save our communities. While I am honored to represent women and babies in my work today; families, especially those of black and brown descent, deserve better outcomes from the Medicaid program. I look forward to witnessing and being a part of the journey towards progress and more efficient health care for all."

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Karen George, MD, MPH, FACOG

Karen George, MD, MPH, FACOG
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University
Senior Women's Health Fellow, Institute for Medicaid Innovation

"Medicaid is a vital support system for birthing people and their families before, during, and after pregnancy. Innovation in payment and delivery is critical for attaining the provision of high-value care focused on reducing maternal morbidity, mortality and disparities across the U.S."

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Ann Giazzoni, MSW, LCSW, MBA

Ann Giazzoni, MSW, LCSW, MBA
Senior Program Manager, PH-BH Integration, UPMC for You, Inc.
Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Behavioral Health

"Behavioral health in Medicaid is a priority in all healthcare settings. Previously, substance use and psychiatric services were silos of care but now change is occurring toward integration. The Medicaid population will disclose and discuss their behavioral health needs to the healthcare professionals that they trust. Establishing value based payment structures across all healthcare settings to encourage behavioral integration is necessary to increasing access to substance use and psychiatric treatment."

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Gail Graham

Gail Graham
Director, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church HIV/AIDS Ministry-Outreach Services
Certified HIV/AIDS tester and counselor, Jacques Initiative
Global Representative, Johns Hopkins University
AIDS Clinical Trials Community Advisory Board
Board Member, Johns Hopkins University's HIV Prevention Trials Network
Patient Consultant, The University of Maryland PATIENTS Program

"Medicaid, and other health plans, are changing in a positive way by listening to the voices of their community. By having the community at the table, they are developing initiatives that reflect the needs of the people."

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Carmen Green, MPH

Carmen Green, MPH
Vice President of Research & Strategy, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Sociology Doctoral Student, University of California San Francisco

"Medicaid is our healthcare social safety net and also a complex, historical institution. Medicaid is a vehicle for scaling best practices in systems, activating legislative action on all levels, and assuring wellness for all birthing people and their growing families. Half of all births in the U.S. are paid for through Medicaid coverage. Opportunities to assess the program through a Reproductive Justice lens can help to determine its continued impact on marginalized communities and influence future healthcare reform."

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Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP

Sandra G. Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP
Consultant, Former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

"Children are the single largest population group who rely on Medicaid making Medicaid a vital component of ensuring that all children get the health care they need. Children with special health care needs and children from low-income families are especially vulnerable and Medicaid ensures that services tailored to the specific needs of children are available to them. Medicaid participation means that children are more likely to get check-ups, miss less school, graduate and enter the workforce than children who are uninsured. "

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Lexi McCausland, MBPC

Lexi McCausland, MBPC
Communications Manager, University of Utah Health Plans
Chair, IMI Communications Committee

"Medicaid is essential for public health. Health plans have an incredible opportunity to improve the program through innovation and a people-centered approach."

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Pooja Mittal, DO

Pooja Mittal, DO
Health Equity Lead and Medical Director, Population Health Equity, HealthNet
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
Perinatal HIV Expert Consultant, Clinicians Consultation Center, UCSF (University of California, San Francisco)

"Medicaid has long been the safety net for vulnerable populations in our country. As we continue to push for expansion of Medicaid coverage, we must focus on health equity as a goal so that we can create measurable improved health outcomes and a healthier nation for everyone."

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Sayanti Saha, PhD, MBA

Sayanti Saha, PhD, MBA
Director, Partnerships and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Chair, Subcommittee on the Annual Medicaid MCO Survey

"Since signed into law, Medicaid has positively impacted the health of millions of beneficiaries who otherwise would have been uninsured. Medicaid managed care plans play a key role by providing Medicaid budget stability to the State, and also implement innovative solutions in Medicaid to improve care delivery, increase access and quality of care."

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Eric C. Schneider, MD, MSc

Eric C. Schneider, MD, MSc
Senior Vice President, Policy and Research
The Commonwealth Fund

"Medicaid programs must innovate because they tackle the most challenging health problems."

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Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN

Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN
Founding Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers

"Despite nearly 60 years of research on CHW effectiveness, two decades of public health recognition, landmark workforce development studies, and a national labor classification, CHWs still lack a national identity, policies and models that sustain our integration into the clinical, social needs and behavioral health systems that would benefit from our integration. With the disproportionate impact that COVID19 has had on low income and historically marginalized communities and populations, strengthening the Medicaid program and sustaining CHWs’ roles to provide direct service, care coordination, navigation, prevention education, capacity building and cultural mediation is more important than ever."

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Nicole Truhe, MPA

Nicole Truhe, MPA
Chair, IMI National Advisory Board
Senior Director of Policy, Medicaid, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

"As the conversation largely shifts to one of how to strengthen and enhance Medicaid’s long-term viability as the safety net public medical assistance program it was originally envisioned to be, health plans have the opportunity to serve as a key partner in developing innovative and forward looking initiatives that effectively address the needs of the individuals and families they serve."

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