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Webinar Replay: Advancing and Codifying Health Equity and Wellness for Medicaid Populations

This webinar was held on June 4, 2019. 

It’s widely recognized that social determinants of health (SDOH) have a significant impact on mortality and morbidity. Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) play a significant role in addressing SDOH factors that drive health disparities and poor health outcomes. CBOs are directly connected to the populations they serve and commonly address an array of overlapping clinical and social service needs. However, CBOs face many challenges creating meaningful partnerships with health care organizations (HCOs) and health plans. Addressing these challenges is important so CBO contributions can be scaled through a more integrative and inclusive approach within the healthcare system.

During this webinar, experts from the Disability Policy Consortium (DPC) and the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health (AAIUH) joined HMA to discuss the recent issue brief, published by Academy Health, which detailed lessons learned from CBOs in New York and Massachusetts.

Learning Objectives

  1. How CBOs can advance health equity and wellness goals for the individuals and communities that are the focus of Medicaid payment and care delivery system reform.
  2. How New York supported CBO engagement in its Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) plan.
  3. What the challenges CBOs have experienced in healthcare reform.
  4. Why we need a National Blueprint for Advancing Health Equity by leveraging the nation’s CBOs to facilitate greater cross-sector collaboration between CBOs and HCOs.


Dennis Heaphy, Health Policy Advocate, Disability Policy Consortium, Boston
Humberto Brown, The Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health (AAIUH), NYC
Ellen Breslin, HMA, Principal, Boston
Heidi Arthur, HMA, Principal, NYC

Who Should Listen

Executives of Medicaid and Medicaid-Medicare health plans; community, state and federal policy makers and program administrator; CBO and Accountable Care Organization leaders); advocates; and members of the community working to remove barriers to advance health equity and wellness for Medicaid populations.