The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with purchasers, payers, and providers to spur the adoption of evidence-based prevention that will improve health and control costs. In this critical time of active health system transformation, CDC is helping to accelerate evidence into action to improve the health of all Americans. With the 6|18 initiative, CDC identified six common and costly health conditions—tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes—and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers. We are linking the health care and public health sectors by providing evidence across a spectrum of prevention interventions, from clinical to community prevention.
CDC’s strength in identifying and analyzing scientific evidence complements the purchaser, payer, and provider role of financing and delivering care. Realizing the potential of this initiative will require new skills and understanding for CDC and public health workers and a new approach to partnering with the health care sector to lay the foundation for a stronger, more collaborative relationship.
This Web Forum will provide a general overview of CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, CDC’s framework for public health – health care collaboration, and successes-to-date from CDC and Medicaid’s perspective in implementing a select number of the targeted interventions.
President and CEO
Trust for America’s Health
John Auerbach is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), as of January 1, 2017. Previously, he was the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversaw the Office of the Associate Director for Policy which focuses on the promotion of public health…
Medicaid Director, Health Programs Office, State of Colorado
Gretchen Hammer is the State of Colorado’s Medicaid Director and oversees the Health Programs Office which administers Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) health program benefits, delivery systems and provider relations.
Before joining the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Hammer was Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition for…
Director of the Office of Health Systems Collaboration , Office of the Associate Director for Policy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Laura Seeff is Director of the Office of Health Systems Collaboration in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this position, she is supporting CDC’s focus on maximizing collaboration between public health and the health care…
Vice President, Public Policy and Programs
Public Health Institute
As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting…