BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Health announced today that State Medicaid Director Jen Steele is one of six Medicaid directors from around the country to participate in the Medicaid Leadership Institute.

The program offers a unique opportunity for Medicaid directors to develop the skills necessary to successfully lead and improve their essential state programs and impact key health outcomes in an ever-changing policy and financing environment.

“I’m proud of Jen Steele and her selection to the Medicaid Leadership Institute, where she will learn best practices and continuous quality improvement, tactics she can bring home to Healthy Louisiana. Her participation demonstrates her continued commitment to improving the quality and delivery of health care for all Louisianans,” said Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary.

The Center for Health Care Strategies, a nonprofit policy center committed to improving health care quality for low-income Americans, directs the Institute through assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also dedicated to improvements in health and health care.

The 2019 class of the Institute marks the eighth group of Medicaid directors chosen for this prestigious executive training opportunity. Forty-seven directors in 35 states and the District of Columbia have participated in the program since its inception in 2009. It is directed by Mark Larson, vice president at the Center for Health Care Strategies, former Medicaid director and Class of 2014 Medicaid Leadership Institute Fellow.

“As the largest health care purchaser in most states, Medicaid directors are uniquely positioned to drive positive change across the health care system,” Larson said. “We are excited to support this year’s class of dedicated leaders from these six states in their efforts to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of state programs that are so critical to the well-being of millions of Americans.” 

The 10-month-long program will teach fellows skills in key areas including fostering delivery system innovation, leading effective multi-sector collaboration, engaging key stakeholders, communicating the impact of their programs and developing leaders of the future.

For more information about the Medicaid Leadership Institute, click here.