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IMI Bolsters its Mission with New Fellows

July 20, 2017

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation, dedicated to improving the lives of Medicaid enrollees through evidence-based models of care, has expanded with the hiring of two talented Fellows.   

Lavinia R. Mitroi, AB, is in her final year of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Ms. Mitroi’s studies center around U.S. health system transformation, particularly value-based care initiatives, alternative payment models, the integration of health and social services, and care coordination for vulnerable populations of children and youth. Previously, she has worked in the health sector in Southern California, connecting community members to Medi-Cal coverage, providing reproductive health education and services for teens, and serving as a care coordinator for patients in a large academic health system.

As a Fellow at IMI, Ms. Mitroi will be exploring the implementation of various Medicaid delivery models, particularly similarities and differences between the Medicaid ACO and MCO. She will also be conducting a survey of IMI’s National Advisory Board Members on the structure, quality, and delivery of care through Medicaid MCOs and subsequently preparing an issue brief for policy-makers highlighting key facts and best practices.

Ms. Mitroi understands the importance of her work commenting, “Given the diversity of its patient population, Medicaid represents a unique opportunity for innovation within the U.S. health system.” She went on to say that “Following the large-scale expansion of the ACA, this is an exciting moment in the history of the program, particularly for study and exploration of its impact on the health and well-being of the U.S. population. I am thrilled to have the chance to be a part of this work as an IMI fellow this year.”

Following graduation in May 2018, Lavinia will be returning home to Southern California to attend medical school, where she later hopes to work as a primary care physician.

Sara Brown, PhD student, EdD, MSN, BSN, serves as a Women’s Health Policy and Research Fellow at IMI.  She provides support on projects related to the health of all women, with a specific focus on those qualifying for Medicaid services.  She is currently developing issue briefs and publications around “Women’s Access to Maternity Care Services in Medicaid” and a “Medicaid Maternity Medical Home Model.” Additionally, Dr. Brown supports IMI’s sub-committee on the Health of All Women.  She has over 15 years of experience as a clinician and nurse educator in maternal child health, specifically in the postpartum phase.

After completing a doctorate in education (EdD), she accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in 2011 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. With her strong clinical background, she is working to develop a program of research related to low socioeconomic, African American emerging adults in the postpartum phase. She is also currently involved in the Clinical Translational Research (CTR) mentored scholars program as part of the Medical Science Interdepartmental Area at the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This program provides multidisciplinary didactic education and practical research grant training to junior faculty, who intend to develop a career in CTR.

In starting her new position at IMI, Dr. Brown stated, “The opportunity to join and learn from IMI’s multidisciplinary team will be stimulating and a highly valuable experience.” 

As the IMI continues to expand, IMI Executive Direction Jennifer Moore, PhD, RN stated, “We are delighted to have Lavinia and Sara join IMI and are excited about the potential impact of their individual projects on the Medicaid population.  They have both identified topics that are salient to the current health policy debate.”