OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness to host free virtual series, invites leaders in Medicaid policy and research to ‘take the MIC’

The Medicaid Insights Colloquium, or MIC, is a bimonthly virtual series to guide policy-relevant areas of study and support evidence-based policymaking.

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The Medicaid Insights Colloquium (MIC) series features scholars and national leaders in Medicaid policy, designed to link researchers and the Medicaid policy community.

Each session, a thought leader in Medicaid will ‘take the MIC’ and lead multidisciplinary seminars and panel discussions to feature current Medicaid research and key policy issues.

“We’re excited to help bridge the gap between Medicaid research and application,” said John McConnell, director of the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE) and member of the MIC program planning committee. “April is Medicaid Awareness Month,  the perfect opportunity to launch our new virtual series.”

The MIC series is set to launch on April 6, 2022, with a look into the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy development.

The April 6 session will be facilitated by Benjamin Sommers, deputy assistant secretary for health policy at ASPE. Sommers will share highlights of current and completed Medicaid research projects, outline current ASPE priority areas, and identify potential gaps in Medicaid policy research that might be high-yield areas for future studies.

The 2022 roster also includes sessions facilitated by:

  • Heidi Allen: Associate professor and associate dean for research at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, co-investigator in the landmark Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, and nationally recognized researcher, writer, advisor in the field of health policy
  • Jamila Michener: Associate professor of government and public policy at Cornell University, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE)​ initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program
  • Kosali Simon: Herman B Wells Endowed professor and chair of the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a research associate in the National Bureau for Economic Research’s programs on Health Care, Health Economics, and Children
  • Joan Alker: Research professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and executive director and Co-Founder of the Center for Children and Families

Participants can learn more about the MIC program and RSVP for individual sessions on the series’ website. Sessions are free, but registration is required.

“We invite all researchers, policymakers and stakeholders—anyone with a vested interest in improving the value of the Medicaid system—to join in on this free and unique opportunity,” added McConnell.

About the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness

The Center for Health Systems Effectiveness researches health care service delivery with the aim of improving the value and sustainability of the U.S. healthcare system.

To learn more about the CHSE, visit us on the web or email us at CHSE-info@ohsu.edu.