“I didn’t think I had anything to offer. I went into this thinking, ‘I don’t know why I’m here.’ Literally, in that first meeting, I found out why I was there: They need to hear from us.”

Samantha Fields, Community Advocate

Medicaid members, as the people experiencing care, can bring a wealth of knowledge and lived expertise to discussions about how to better align and improve programs. This episode of the Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast explores the importance of member advisory councils, and how implementing these groups can help programs streamline operations, foster inclusivity and equality, and promote perspectives that can improve Medicaid for community members.

This episode is hosted by Gretchen Hammer, MPH, principal, Public Leadership Group and consultant, National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD). She is joined by Samantha Fields, a community advocate who is helping to shape and improve Colorado’s Medicaid program by encouraging community members to recognize the power of their voices and get involved. In addition to state Medicaid benefits, Samantha receives services through the federal Medicare program, state supplemental nutrition assistance program, and regional housing authority.

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Featured in this episode:

Gretchen Hammer, MPH, Principal, Public Leadership Group and Consultant, NAMDSamantha Anne Fields, Community Advocate

The Medicaid Leadership Exchange podcast explores priority topics for Medicaid leaders and is developed in partnership by NAMD and CHCS through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Visit the series page for additional episodes, or listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.

Support for this podcast was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.