Catherine Cutler Institute

Cutler Staff Share Lessons Learned from Partnership Evaluation in Health Affairs Blog Post

Kimberley Fox, Sara Kahn-Troster and Amanda Burgess of the Cutler Institute's Population Health and Health Policy program area co-authored a blog post for Health Affairs, titled “Harnessing the Combined Strengths of a National and a Local Funder to Bolster Maine Medicaid Expansion”.

The post describes a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Maine Health Access Foundation, and Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to support Medicaid expansion through outreach to under-represented communities and data analysis of health system capacity. The USM co-authors have been evaluating the partnership on behalf of RWJF to provide lessons learned for potential replication in other states. The blog post describes some of the findings from the evaluation, including the important role of the local funder in facilitating the work, the valuable opportunity for key stakeholders in Maine to develop new relationships and strengthen existing ones, and insights around equity in MaineCare outreach and enrollment.