The 71st Human Services Institute, northeast Ohio's longest-running institute focused on health and human services, comes to Kent State University from 10 a.m. to noon on March 25 in the Kent Student Center Kiva.
This year's keynote speaker is Barbara Edwards, director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. She will be presenting on the topic "Health Reform: Opportunities, Challenges and Uncertainties." The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Edwards is a nationally recognized expert in Medicaid policy, including managed care, cost containment, long-term care, and state and federal health care reform. She served for eight years as the Ohio State Medicaid Director and was a principal with Health Management Associates, Inc. for four years. At HMA, Edwards focused on Medicaid, national health reform and service delivery for persons with chronic and disabling conditions.
CMS administers the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance programs for the federal government. DEHPG houses Medicaid coverage and care coordination for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. This includes initiatives to promote community-based care options and to enhance the availability of long-term services and supports. The group manages the Medicaid prescription drug benefit and manufacturer rebates and oversees benefits issues across the Medicaid program.
Ken Slenkovich, assistant dean of Kent State's College of Public Health, helped organize the event.
Following the keynote address, panel presentations will be made by: Marcia Egbert, senior program officer for Human Services, The George Gund Foundation; Joan Englund, executive director, Mental Health Advocacy Coalition; Joseph Ruby, president and CEO, Area Agency on Aging; and Heather Torok, senior program officer for healthy people, urban health and well-being, Saint Luke's Foundation
To register for the event, visit https://m360.communitysolutions.com/ViewForm.aspx?id=43937. For more information, visit http://communitysolutions.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=78.