Disparities & Equity

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), University of Chicago, and Center for Healthcare Strategies (CHCS) have partnered to launch an exciting new three-year initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Advancing Health Equity:  Leading Care Payment & Systems Transformation."  The project will identify best practices, innovative initiatives, and policy recommendations for integrating payment and healthcare delivery reforms that seek to eliminate health and healthcare disparities and achieve equity by partnering Medicaid managed care organizations directly with state Medicaid agencies and healthcare provider organizations.

Beginning in 2019, the project consists of four key components, including:

1) a National Advisory and Policy Development Committee that will direct the work of the entire project and that includes a policy focused subcommittee tasked with developing specific policy and practice recommendations;

2) a Learning Collaborative of up to nine teams comprised of a Medicaid managed care organizations, the State Medicaid program in at least one market in which the health plans operates, and one or more healthcare provider organizations or systems contracted by the plan within that market;

3) a State Medicaid Engagement and Technical Assistance Program, and

4) rapid identification and dissemination of key findings. In consultation with members of IMI’s Data & Research (D & R) and Dissemination & Implementation (D & I) Committees, the 3-year initiative will provide an opportunity for Medicaid MCOs to be engaged in the national efforts of the project.

The activities of policy makers, payers, and healthcare delivery organizations to achieve health equity must be coordinated and aligned if they are to be effective. The Learning Collaborative will offer technical assistance and capacity building services to affiliated state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care organizations, and health care delivery organizations to help them collectively design and implement integrated payment and health care delivery reform interventions to advance health equity. The Learning Collaborative will also actively engage Medicaid enrollees, their families, and caregivers.

Key Project Information & Dates:


Request for Applications (RFA) to Participate in the Learning Collaborative

     Download RFA 

RFA Supplemental Documents

     Download Application Rubric 

     Download Readiness Assessment Tool

     Frequently Asked Questions  

Technical Assistance Webinar for Application Resources 

     Presentation Slides 

     Archived Video  

Application Deadline:  May 24, 2019, 4 p.m. ET

Notification of Decision:  June 28, 2019

In-Person Kick-Off of Learning Collaborative:  October 2-3, 2019 (Chicago)                                                                                                                        

For more information about opportunities to be engaged in this exciting work, please contact Dr. Jennifer Moore at JMoore@MedicaidInnovation.org.


Support for this project is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.