Critical conversations about health equity can be productive when there is a shared and agreed-upon language amongst Medicaid agencies. In this episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast, Tekisha Everette, executive director, Health Equity Solutions, Lisa Lee, commissioner, at the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services, and Jim Jones, Medicaid Director, at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, explore the importance of finding common ground within an agency on equity-related terminology and creating a “brave space” to have conversations about equity.

This episode is cohosted by Gretchen Hammer, senior strategic advisor, and Dianne Hasselman, deputy executive director at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD). It also includes insights from Mark Larson, former Vermont Medicaid director and senior vice president of leadership and capacity building at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS).

To learn more about strategies discussed in this podcast, view the Health Equity Language Guide for State Officials, a new resource published by State Health and Value Strategies.

Medicaid Leadership Exchange is a podcast series exploring priority topics for Medicaid leaders developed in partnership with the National Association of Medicaid Directors and the Center for Health Care Strategies through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Featured in this episode:

Tekisha Everette, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions

Lisa Lee, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services
Jim Jones, Medicaid Director, Wisconsin Department of Health Services