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Managed Care, Medicaid, and Public Health: Building Collaborations That Work

Workshop Brief for State and Local Health Officials

This workshop was designed for senior State and local policymakers responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating healthcare programs and policy options. The workshop was held in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 12-14, 2000.

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This workshop was based on the premise that if public health (promoting the public's health as a whole), managed care organizations (promoting enrollee health) and medicine (striving to improve the health of individual patients) can realize many benefits from collaboration with one another. This workshop was designed to provide State and local health officials with research and best practices about collaborative efforts occurring nationwide that can be used to guide other efforts to encourage or form partnerships.

The objectives for participants in this workshop included:

  • Develop strategies for meeting public health goals through collaboration among public health, medicine, and managed care.
  • Lead effective collaborations with motivated partners that ensure sustainability.
  • Identify barriers to effective collaborations and develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.
  • Understand the role measurement plays in determining the success of collaborative efforts related to the public's health and to improving health.
  • Identify sources of private and public funding needed to create and sustain collaborative initiatives.
  • Understand the impact of future demographic trends on public health.


Workshop participants included representatives from both State and local health departments, legislators, legislative policy staff, and State Medicaid officials. Twenty-one States were represented.

AHRQ's User Liaison Program (ULP) disseminates health services research findings in easily understandable and usable formats through interactive workshops. Workshops and other support are planned to meet the needs of Federal, State, and local policymakers, and other health services research users, such as purchasers, administrators, and health plans.

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