AHE Learning Collaborative Application

Informational Webinar

We held a 90-minute webinar on July 25, 2022, describing the AHE Learning Collaborative and the application process. We answered attendee questions and current Learning Collaborative participants shared their experiences. 

Click here to view the recording.

The moral imperative to achieve health equity is clear. Partner with us to get there.

The Advancing Health Equity Program is seeking teams of state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid health plans, health care provider organizations, individuals, and communities experiencing inequities to work together to eliminate unjust differences in health and healthcare using an anti-racist approach. We are looking for individuals and organizations who are passionate about improving healthcare for those who have been historically marginalized. Learning Collaborative participants will receive training, tailored coaching, and peer support to advance health equity by changing the way care is delivered and paid for in their communities. 

Click here for the complete Request for Applications.  

Application deadline extended to September 30, 2022 at 3pm CT! 


What is the AHE Learning Collaborative?

The Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and Systems Transformation (AHE) program’s Learning Collaborative offers technical assistance to multistakeholder, state-based teams comprised of state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid health plans, health care provider organizations, Medicaid members, and community organizations partnering to advance health equity.

The Learning Collaborative began in 2018 with seven teams that continue to participate. We provide training, technical assistance, and cross-team learning opportunities to help teams design and implement equity-focused health care transformation interventions supported by integrated payment models.

We help teams foster accountability to measure and make progress on their journey to advance health equity. AHE intentionally and explicitly utilizes a race-forward, intersectional approach to advance health equity, to help others have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

The Learning Collaborative facilitates activities with teams so they can identify racism at the individual, institutional, and structural levels driving health inequities and take action to eliminate it. We support teams in creating care delivery interventions and payment solutions that are designed to address underlying factors related to racism and intersecting forms of oppression that value and incorporate patient and community voice.

Goals of the AHE Learning Collaborative

The goals of the program are to:

  • Advance Health Equity by using an anti-racist lens to eliminate unjust differences in health and healthcare in populations that have been historically marginalized resulting from racism and other forms of structural oppression.
  • Facilitate a Learning Community that adopts anti-racist approaches to improve equity-focused care transformation and payment model design. Disseminate key lessons to organizations in the field working on reducing health and healthcare inequities.
  • Transform Care by partnering with patients and communities to address health and healthcare inequities by providing high-quality, culturally relevant care and addressing social drivers of health.
  • Transform Payment by designing and implementing payment reform mechanisms that support and incentivize the transformation of healthcare delivery to reduce health and health care inequities by meeting medical and social needs.
  • Transform Systems by aligning state Medicaid offices, managed care organizations, and healthcare organization’s efforts with community member perspectives and priorities to reduce health and healthcare inequities.

Value of the AHE Learning Collaborative

AHE Learning Collaborative participants will receive in-person training (when safely possible, with travel expenses covered by AHE), web-based training, and tailored support to:

  • Advance health equity using an antiracism lens.
  • Explore how to develop authentic (versus transactional) partnerships with patients/members and communities.
  • Receive support around organizational culture change to help advance health equity.
  • Learn how to identify root causes of health and health care disparities and potential solutions.
  • Utilize tools and resources for designing payment reform, including value-based payment initiatives to support equity-focused care transformation.
  • Design and begin to implement integrated value-based payment and quality improvement efforts to reduce or eliminate health and health care inequities.
  • Learn how to address and overcome common challenges of health equity initiatives, including competing priorities, limited resources, identifying a return on investment (ROI), ensuring that quality of care is maintained and improved, state and federal policy barriers, and challenges with payer-provider partnerships.
  • Use quality measures stratified by race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic, or other demographic variables to inform their projects.
  • Aim for and measure improvements in clinical performance measures, associated composite measures (empirically derived measures that combine individual qualitymetrics, such as structure, process, and outcome indicators, into a single measure), and/or quality or cost goals.
  • Position themselves to take advantage of expanding regulatory and federal mandates to improve quality and reduce health and health care inequities.
  • Develop skills to further create and sustain equitable health care that can be used long after the Learning Collaborative ends.
  • Engage with and learn from other Learning Collaborative participants throughout the United States.

Application Information

Request for Application
Please click here to download a pdf copy of the Request for Applications document. This document describes the Learning Collaborative in more detail, including eligibility criteria and application requirements.

Application Instructions

Submit Letter of Intent (LOI) by 5:00pm central on August 22, 2022 to  Please see the Request for Applications for more details regarding LOI content.

We will send application instructions on August 31, 2022, directly to individuals who submitted a Letter of Intent by the deadline.

Applications are due by 3:00pm central on September 30, 2022.

Important Dates (Application Deadline September 30 by 3:00pm CDT)

RFA Released

July 15, 2022

Informational Webinars

July 25, 2022 and August 10, 2022

Letter of Intent Deadline

August 22, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. Central

Application Deadline

September 30, 2022 by 3:00 p.m. Central

Notification of Decision

October 31, 2022

Launch Meeting (Chicago)

January, 2023 (days/times TBA)

Final Meeting (Chicago)

October, 2024 (days/times TBA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). The questions will be updated throughout the application period. Last update: 08/03/2022