Web Forum

$1 Billion in CMMI Innovation Awards: Opportunities for Advancing Community Prevention and Population Health
Friday, June 14, 2013 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

The Prevention Fund continues to get targeted for cuts: learn the latest developments from DC, and Please join us for a late breaking Web Forum to learn about an important funding opportunity from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) makes available $1 billion for round 2 of the Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA) to test new payment and service delivery models that improve quality and reduce the cost of treating people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

CMMI is seeking proposals that improve the health of populations through prevention, wellness, and comprehensive care that extends beyond the clinical service delivery system setting and addresses the social determinants of health. Eligible applicants include provider groups, health systems, payers and other private sector organizations, faith-based organizations, states, local governments, public-private partnerships and for-profit organizations.

The Web Forum will review the application requirements, share helpful resources, and showcase the experiences from a prior recipient of HCIA funding that has focused on prevention. Please join us for a discussion about this exciting opportunity to promote community prevention and to continue transforming our sick care system into a true health care system.


  • Learn about opportunities for advancing community prevention and population health in Round 2 of CMMI’s Health Care Innovation Awards
  • Discuss key prevention opportunities in the “Models that Improve the Health of Populations” Innovation Category: new payment models that support prevention and partnerships between public health, clinical care, Medicaid, community organizations; and
  • Learn from the experiences of an Awardee from Round 1 of the Health Care Innovation Awards. Provide an update regarding the Prevention and Public Health Fund.





    Jim Hester, PhD
    Former Director
    Population Health Models Group
    Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)

    Jim Hester, PhDJames A. Hester, Ph.D. has been active in health reform and population health for almost four decades. His most recent position was the Acting Director of the Population Health Models Group at the Innovation Center in CMS assisting in the development of delivery system transformation and payment reform initiatives. Dr. Hester has held senior management positions with MVP Healthcare, ChoiceCare, Pilgrim Health Care, and Tufts Medical Center. He began his managed care career as Director of Applied Research for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Hester earned his Ph.D. in urban studies, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS
    Member of the Board of Directors
    Public Health Institute
    Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness Officer
    Gail and Lois Warden Endowed Chair on Multicultural Health
    Henry Ford Health System
    Michigan's First Surgeon General
    Detroit, MI

    Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MSThe Honorable Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician who practiced for 20 years at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, Michigan. In 2007, Dr. Wisdom returned to the Institute of Multicultural Health at HFHS, which she founded and directed, as Vice President of Community Health Education and Wellness while retaining her post as Surgeon General. In March 2011, Dr. Wisdom was promoted to Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness Officer and also stepped down as State Surgeon after having served for 8 years. She continues to develop and lead efforts that improve the health of the community, focused on physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, childhood lead poisoning, tobacco use, chronic disease, infant mortality, unintended pregnancy, and health disparities, among other areas of concern. (www.henryford.com)

    Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, FACOG
    Associate Professor
    Pritzker School of Medicine
    Departments of Ob/Gyn and Medicine-Geriatrics
    Associate Professor
    University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Core Faculty in the MacLean Center on Clinical Medical Ethics
    Chicago, IL

    Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, FACOGStacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP, focuses on patient care, research, education and advocacy related to the health of aging women and urban populations. Dr. Lindau is the director of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) at the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative, which work to create and spread knowledge that people and communities can use to sustain excellent health and vitality. In addition to the study of urban population health improvement and fairness in health care, her laboratory focuses on female aging and sexuality. (www.sshvs.org)

    Larry Cohen, MSW
    Executive Director
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Larry Cohen, MSWLarry Cohen, MSW, is the Executive Director and founder of Prevention Institute. Prevention Institute is a national non-profit dedicated to creating systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. An important focus of Mr. Cohen’s work has been to develop local policies that support health and wellness and spur legislation at the state and federal levels. (preventioninstitute.org)

    Jeff Levi, PhD
    Executive Director
    Trust for America’s Health

    Jeff Levi, PhDJeff Levi leads Trust for America's Health’s (TFAH) advocacy efforts on behalf of a modernized public health system. He oversees TFAH’s work on a range of public health policy issues, including implementation of the public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and annual reports assessing the nation’s public health preparedness, investment in public health infrastructure, and response to chronic diseases. TFAH led the public health community’s efforts to enact, and now defend, the prevention provisions of the ACA, including the Prevention and Public Health Fund and the new Community Transformation Grants. In January 2011, President Obama appointed Dr. Levi to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. (www.tfah.org)

    Mary Pittman, DrPH
    President & CEO
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Mary Pittman, DrPHMary A. Pittman, DrPH, is chief executive officer and president of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in Oakland, California. A nationally recognized leader in improving community health, addressing health inequities among vulnerable people and promoting quality of care, Pittman became in 2008 PHIís second CEO and president since its founding in 1964. She has guided the development of a strategic plan that builds on existing PHI program strengths to achieve greater impact on public policy and practice in public health both in the U.S. and globally. PHIís areas of focus include childhood obesity, prevention, the implementation of health reform, global health, the impacts of climate change on public health, the social determinants of health, the role of technology in health, increasing advocacy for the publicís health, and health workforce shortages. Under her leadership, PHI has been recognized as one of the 50 best nonprofit workplaces in the nation.

    Pittman previously headed the Health Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, and the California Association of Public Hospitals. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and masterís degrees from UC Berkeley in public health and city and regional planning. (www.phi.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Vice President
    Public Health Policy and Advocacy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

$1 Billion in CMMI Innovation Awards: Opportunities for Advancing Community

Levi/Trust for America’s Health

Hester/HCIA Webinar


Lindau/The University of Chicago

Cohen/Prevention Institute



The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

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Prevention Institute

Trust for America's Health

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Public Health Institute