Jodi M. Pekkala, MPH
New York, NY
Jodi Pekkala specializes in state Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) quality measurement and improvement, data validation, and evaluation. She is skilled in the design and management of data validation tools and in analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data. Her work spans a variety of population-specific projects – adults, children, aged, blind and disabled, and persons with chronic conditions.
Jodi recently supported development of a Quality Demonstration Grant application under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), resulting in a five-year, $11.3 million project to improve the quality and delivery of care for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Jodi continues to provide ongoing project management support and subject matter expertise related to the calculation, reporting and evaluation of quality measures and of health information technology (HIT) promotion and use.
Jodi was a certified HEDIS compliance auditor (CHCA), functioning as lead auditor on annual audits of health plans and possesses in-depth knowledge of HEDIS data collection, measurement, and reporting processes.
Prior to joining HMA Jodi worked for an external quality review organization (EQRO) where she reviewed the design and implementation of quality improvement initiatives for Medicaid and managed care programs.
Jodi is a Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert™ (PCMH CCE™). She earned her master’s degree in public health at Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College.
Outside of work, Jodi can be found running with a jogging stroller and pit bull along Manhattan’s waterfronts.