Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

June 28, 2017 | Webinar

Register for the webinarDate: June 28, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET
(Note: This event was rescheduled from a previous date)

As the US health care industry moves toward value-based payment systems, the impetus for public health officials and health care payers to work together to improve population health and lower health care costs has never been clearer. The CDC’s 6|18 Initiative creates a platform to support public health and Medicaid partnerships in implementing evidence-based interventions that offer short-term health improvements while controlling costs. It focuses on six common, high-cost health conditions — tobacco use, asthma, unintended pregnancies, diabetes, high blood pressure, and health care-associated infections — and 18 evidence-based interventions that address the conditions.

This webinar will provide an overview of the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative and explore successful state strategies for implementing interventions via Medicaid and public health partnerships. Participants will hear from 6|18 representatives in South Carolina and Rhode Island about their experiences making the case for enhanced Medicaid prevention benefits related to tobacco cessation and asthma control.

State Medicaid and public health officials, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders are invited to join this 90-minute webinar, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to gain a better understanding of how cross-agency partnerships can support the implementation of evidence-based prevention interventions to improve health and control costs.


I. Welcome and Introductions

Speakers: Stephen Somers, President, CHCS, and Hilary Heishman, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Stephen Somers will welcome individuals to the webinar and introduce the speakers. He will be joined by Hilary Heishman who will discuss the importance of the CDC prevention-focused effort.

II. Overview of the 6|18 Initiative

Speakers: Maia Crawford, Senior Program Officer, CHCS

Maia Crawford will provide an overview of the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, and highlight select state successes from the Initiative’s first year.

III. South Carolina’s Path to Enhancing Tobacco Cessation Benefits

Speaker: Christina Galardi, Project Manager, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Christina Galardi will describe how the 6|18 framework is facilitating South Carolina’s process to enhance its Medicaid tobacco cessation benefits.

IV. Making the Case for Pediatric Asthma Home Visiting in Rhode Island

Speaker: Julian Rodríguez-Drix, Asthma Program Manager, Rhode Island Department of Health

Julian Rodríguez-Drix will explain how Rhode Island’s Medicaid-Public Health collaboration under the 6|18 Initiative is supporting efforts to incorporate pediatric asthma home visiting benefits in Medicaid.

V. Discussion and Q&A 

Moderator: Maia Crawford, Senior Program Officer, CHCS