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September 2010 St@teside

New SCI Webinar: Making the Most of Federal Funding Opportunities

State Coverage Initiatives recently worked with experts at Health Management Associates (HMA) to develop a webinar for state officials that answers questions about funding opportunities in the Affordable Care Act related to delivery system reform, Medicare and Medicaid, workforce development, insurance reform, and prevention and wellness. The webinar, “State Funding Opportunities in Federal Reform,” was originally broadcast on September 29. Please click here to hear the recording.

The featured presenters, Eliot Fishman and Katie Barrett, identified federal funding opportunities and also suggested a framework states can use to determine which grants to pursue and in which programs to participate. Additionally, they provided input on the ways states can work with partners in the community if state capacity is stretched.

SCI will be working with the consultants at HMA to provide technical assistance to states in this area. The assistance will focus on helping states prioritize the funding options available and develop a strategy for positioning their state to take advantage of the opportunities that best align with its goals. In order to inquire about state-specific technical assistance, visit SCI’s technical assistance web page at

Eliot Fishman, Ph.D., is a principal at HMA. He has both private and public sector executive management experience in healthcare policy and delivery. Prior to HMA, he was the director of the Office of Policy in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Prior to that appointment, he was a vice president at Metropolitan Jewish Health System, a large integrated health system with a focus on care of the elderly and chronically ill in New York City; a senior analyst in the New York office of Manatt, Phelps; and a senior policy analyst at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Mr. Fishman is based in HMA’s New York City office.

Katherine Barrett, MPH, joined HMA as a senior consultant in March 2010. Prior to joining HMA, she was the administrative director of the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council (HCQCC). Before working with the HCQCC, Ms. Barrett worked in the policy office of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on the Commonwealth’s public-private Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative. She also worked at the Commonwealth Fund as the research associate to President Karen Davis and as a program associate on the foundation’s patient centered primary care and child development programs. Ms. Barrett is based in HMA’s Boston office.