Public Policy Seminar: The CDC and US Healthcare - The 6:18 Initiative

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Suddath Seminar Room: IBB 1128

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with health care purchasers, payers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs through the 6|18 Initiative (  The health care system is undergoing unprecedented change, driving towards a system that is better, smarter, and healthier.  The 6|18 Initiative aligns evidence-based preventive practices with emerging value-based payment and delivery models.  The initiative is named for the six high burden health conditions (tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes) and 18 evidence-based interventions. 

Nicholas Di Meo, MPH, will discuss CDC’s 6|18 Initiative and the role that CDC is playing in the changing health care landscape, with a specific emphasis on state Medicaid programs.  As part of the 6|18 Initiative, CDC is partnering with nine states (Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and South Carolina) to improve implementation of the 6|18 interventions to be more in line with what the evidence suggests will have the greatest impact on health and cost.  Nicholas will discuss progress on this partnership and share lessons learned from working on a policy initiative that represents a collaboration between multiple state and federal agencies as well as the private sector.

Nicholas is a policy analyst within CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy.  He currently leads agency-wide engagement with state Medicaid programs to align evidence-based preventive practices with value-based payment and delivery models.  


Lunch will be provided

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