Tuesday National Organization Roundtable Topics (By Invitation Only)
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care access, quality, and cost-effectiveness for low‐income populations. It works with state and federal agencies, health and dental plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative programs that better serve beneficiaries of publicly financed care, especially those with complex, high‐cost needs. CHCS has worked with state Medicaid agencies, their contracted plans, and other oral health stakeholders for over 15 years to improve oral health care coverage, access, and quality for Medicaid beneficiaries.
One recent initiative in support of these goals is the State Oral Health Leadership Institute, which brings together state Medicaid dental program directors and state oral health program directors to advance shared goals for improving oral health outcomes. SOHLI is a professional development and technical assistance program that provides participating Fellows — working in collaborative state teams — with the necessary leadership skills and policy knowledge to improve access to dental services and oral health outcomes for low-income children and adults. SOHLI focuses on helping oral health leaders enhance their ability to successfully raise the profile of oral health and drive change in complex and ever-changing environments.
CHCS Senior Program Officer, Lauren Moran, will describe the above program, highlighting approaches and partnerships that have been most successful in advancing this work. She will also lead a discussion around key lessons from Fellows and opportunities to improve oral health outcomes for low-income populations through collaborative efforts between Medicaid and public health.