Funder: Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit

November 29, 2017 | Webinar

Date: November 29, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Nearly one in six children in the U.S. is obese, representing a serious public health problem, and contributing to increased risks for many chronic conditions later in life. While the issue has received increased attention at the national and local level, there are few examples of meaningful collaboration between the Medicaid and public health sectors. This represents a significant missed opportunity, as children covered by Medicaid are nearly six times more likely to be treated for obesity than those who are privately insured. Bringing together Medicaid leaders and their public health counterparts provides an opportunity to leverage each other’s respective strengths to advance interventions aimed at this epidemic.

This 60-minute webinar, made possible through support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, will feature a panel discussion with Medicaid and public health leaders in five states — Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas — who collaborated to address childhood obesity in partnership with health plans and community providers through the Center for Health Care Strategies’ (CHCS) Innovations in Childhood Obesity initiative. Panelists will share lessons from their efforts, including: recruiting and engaging cross-sector teams; designing incentive metrics; and implementing strategies to address “upstream” causes of childhood obesity.

Takeaways will be valuable to Medicaid and public health officials, policymakers, health plans, health care providers, and other stakeholders interested in innovative, cross-sector approaches to reducing obesity in low-income children.


I. Introduction and Overview

Speaker: Alexandra Maul, Program Officer, CHCS

Ms. Maul will welcome participants, introduce panelists, and provide an overview of the value of implementing a collaborative approach to combat childhood obesity among low-income populations.

II. Panel: Fostering Medicaid – Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Each speaker will discuss his or her Medicaid-public health partnership and lessons learned, including: (a) highlights from the collaborative models; (b) advancements in reducing childhood obesity; and (c) critical steps to move this work forward. A moderated Q&A will follow this panel session.


  • Eric Tack, EPSDT Program Manager, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • Glenn Schneider, Chief Program Officer, Horizon Foundation, Maryland
  • Jennifer Kellbach, Health Planning Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Miguel Soto, Project Manager, Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  • Nancy Goff, Health Systems Policy Specialist, Oregon Health Authority
  • Erika Juarez, Nutrition Supervisor, City of Laredo Health Department, Texas

III. Closing Remarks

Speaker: Alexandra Maul, Program Officer, CHCS