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West Virginia: Healthcare Policy Expert Shares Insights on State-University Partnerships

In March, the West Virginia University School of Public Health continued its Dean’s Colloquium Series with a discussion about the role that state Medicaid programs play in financing the safety net and serving vulnerable populations.

In her presentation, “Securing the Safety Net,” Dr. Julie M. Donohue, pointed to the role of university-state partnerships to inform evidence-based policy making for state Medicaid programs.

Dr. Donohue, who is a professor, vice chair for research and co-director of the PhD programs in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, also serves as the director of the Medicaid Research Center and the co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing.

Both University of Pittsburgh and WVU’s schools of public health are members of AcademyHealth’s State-University Partnership Learning Network, a collaborative learning community focused on transforming Medicaid-based healthcare and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. The network helps to build partnerships and dialogue between state government and state university research centers and provides a mechanism for comparative studies across states.

In addition to Dr. Donohue, WVU School of Public Health research specialist Dr. Nathan Pauly, and West Virginia Medicaid’s medical director Dr. James Becker, provided an overview of the work WVU’s partnership has undertaken in the past year and answer questions from the audience.

Watch a video of the event.