Bridging to Preventive Care Forum, Oct. 7, 2016

The Bridging to Preventive Care Project is an initiative to ensure that Medicaid clients have access to community-based chronic disease prevention and management programs as part of their health plans. In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Public Health Institute, Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs, AgeOptions, Illinois Chapter/American Academy of Pediatrics, and Illinois Public Health Association, are working together to develop a Roadmap that will identify the steps and structures needed for Medicaid clients to access evidence-based prevention and disease management programs delivered in community settings. These include programs like the Diabetes Prevention Program, Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, and the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND) program for kids and families.

A kick-off meeting was held April 27, 2016 with the partners, the Medicaid managed care health plans, and healthcare providers to explore the opportunities and barriers to including community-based chronic disease prevention and management programs in Medicaid Health plans in Illinois. Working groups related to data and quality, care coordination and referrals, and payment and billing were created to delve deeper into the challenges and potential solutions for ensuring access. The Oct. 7th forum will bring together stakeholders to provide feedback on and finalize the Roadmap to action. The partners are working toward the development of a pilot demonstration of the system recommended in the Roadmap in early 2017.

Forum speakers and agenda will be announced soon.

Date: Friday, Oct. 7th, 2016
Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm
Location: Chicago, IL

For more information about the meeting and/or how to register, please email Janna Simon, Program Manager, Center for Policy & Partnership Initiatives at