MSU medical colleges host community engagement day for state government administrators
Public administrators and their staffs dedicate their lives to public service, but often their day-to -day reality involves many hours attending meetings, poring over book-length spreadsheets or staring at computer screens, with only the rare chance to meet the individuals whose lives their work affects on a daily basis.
To give Medicaid program managers from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) the chance to personally see the value of the programs that they administer, the Michigan State University colleges of Human and Osteopathic Medicine hosted a community engagement day event on Jan. 24 in Grand Rapids at partner teaching institutions Spectrum and Metro Health hospitals and a community-based clinic run by Metro and Mercy Health Systems.
Chris Priest, the Michigan Medicaid director, and several MDHHS staff members toured the hospitals and the clinic. They were met and spoke with medical residents and other health care providers, administrators and Medicaid patients’ family members.
There was also a panel discussion with Priest, Dean William Strampel from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dean Norman Beauchamp from the College of Human Medicine to discuss the many impacts of Medicaid on health care access for vulnerable populations. The discussion included a roundtable session on the impact of Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs for physician training, as well as access to care for Michigan’s underserved communities.
Strampel reminded those present that Medicaid GME and other Medicaid programs have allowed the medical colleges to enhances access to care for those most in need while enhancing physician training opportunities and outcomes. It was also noted that these programs have also enhanced academic medical center partnerships around the state in a manner that strives to enhance the quality of care and quality of life for all Michiganders.
Priest noted that though the future for Medicaid and national health policy is very much uncertain at the moment, his team is prepared for the challenge and that MDHHS highly values the cooperative partnership with MSU and other academic medical centers around the state.
“MSU is at the forefront of providing some for the greatest talent for our state,” he said.