2020 Medicaid Conference

Medicaid in New York: Fostering Equity During a Time of Crisis
Date & Time
Jul 15, 2020
9:30AM - 2:30PM
Live Webcast

Presented with support from The Commonwealth Fund

The 2020 conference focused on Medicaid as a vital program for improving health equity, specifically considering how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new awareness to historic health disparities.

Because of the COVID-19 emergency and the need to continue physical distancing to protect health and safety, this year’s conference was presented exclusively as a live webcast. Attendees had opportunities to submit questions in real time for response from speakers and panelists. 

The conference agenda is listed below. A pdf of the slides accompanying the panelists' and speakers' presentations is available here




Morning Keynote: State of the State of NY Medicaid – Donna Frescatore, Medicaid Director, New York State Department of Health 


Panel: Advancing Equity in Maternal Health

Some of the clearest opportunities for Medicaid to advance health equity are in improving maternal care and reducing maternal mortality. This discussion highlighted community-based and provider-led strategies and models that have shown promise in reducing disparities and improving maternal outcomes across New York, with a focus on how those approaches can mitigate COVID-19’s impacts on mothers and infants.

Moderator: Suzanne C. Brundage, MSc, Director, Children’s Health Initiative, United Hospital Fund


  • Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP, Professor and Director, Blavatnik Family Women's Health Research Institute, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
  • Ngozi Moses, MSc, Executive Director, Brooklyn Perinatal Network
  • Aimee Smith, DO, Clinical Director of Maternal Medicine, Institute for Family Health
  • Wendy C. Wilcox, MD, MBA, MPH, Chairperson, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, NYC Health + Hospitals/ Kings County

Midday Keynote: Medicaid’s Role in Advancing Health Equity - Tekisha Dwan Everette, PhD, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions

This keynote explored Medicaid’s broad potential to address critical health disparities among its members, with a special focus on how the program can help prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from widening existing health disparities faced by people of color, low-income individuals, and other communities.

Panel: Primary Care as a Catalyst for Equity

Primary care is widely recognized for its potential to address health disparities through preventive, episodic, and chronic care that is responsive to community needs. This panel explored how Medicaid might achieve greater health equity through innovations in primary care payment and delivery that improve patient outcomes, manage costs, and promote better health for all communities—while responding to COVID-19’s formidable challenges.

Moderator: Laurie Zephyrin, MD, MPH, MBA, Vice President, Health Care Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund


  • Sachin Jain, MD, MPH, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Community Healthcare Network
  • Kimberly Kilby, MD, MPH, Senior Leader of Regional Medical Directors, MVP Health Care
  • Tricia McGinnis, MPP, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Center for Health Care Strategies
  • Navarra Rodriguez, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer, AdvantageCare Physicians