CHEPA’s first seminar of the 2022/23 calendar year is a joint initiative with the McMaster Institute for Health Equity (MIHE), to be presented on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, by Dr. Jamila Michener, associate professor of Government and Public Policy at Cornell University. Her seminar is entitled “Medicaid Policy During the Pandemic: A Ground-up Perspective”.

The seminar, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, will be CHEPA’s first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Due to the larger audience expected, it will take place in the L.R. Wilson building, Room 1003 (Community Room) on McMaster’s Main Campus. It will be simultaneously streamed online.

The next day, on Thursday September 22, Dr. Michener will give a keynote address entitled “Reimagining Public Engagement in a Changing World,” on behalf of the Public Engagement in Health Policy Project. This event is open to all and takes place in-person at McMaster University’s Wilson Hall and online on Zoom, from 9 am to 12:15 pm. To register, click HERE

In her CHEPA/MIHE seminar, Dr. Michener will review how the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in significant changes to Medicaid policy and administration. Scholars know much about the content of these changes and are learning more about their consequences. Dr. Michener will draw on in-depth qualitative interviews with Medicaid beneficiaries to offer evidence about how they experienced the changes to Medicaid that occurred in the wake of the public health emergency. This research emphasizes the value of a “ground-up” perspective and draws on the voices of Medicaid beneficiaries to advance knowledge of how Medicaid policy design and program administration can facilitate health equity.

Dr. Michener is an associate professor of Government and Public Policy at Cornell University. She studies poverty, racism, and public policy, with a particular focus on health and housing. She is author of the award-winning book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. She is Associate Dean for Public Engagement at the Brooks School of Public Policy; co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity;, co-director of the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) research initiative, and board chair of the Cornell Prison Education Program.






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