AHE Learning Collaborative Application

Informational Webinar

We held a 60-minute webinar describing the AHE Learning Collaborative with a question and answer session. The webinar includes information about the application process.

Click here to view a recording and transcript of the webinar.

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The Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment and Systems Transformation program (AHE) announces a Learning Collaborative for state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MMCOs), and health care provider organizations or systems to align their equity goals and activities to eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. AHE is based at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) and the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


What is the AHE Learning Collaborative?

The AHE Learning Collaborative will offer technical assistance and capacity building services to state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care organizations (MMCOs), and health care delivery organizations who agree to team up for this project. Each team will consist of representatives from a state Medicaid agency, a MMCO operating in that state, and two or more provider organizations or systems (e.g., health systems, hospitals, community health centers, private and individual practices and clinicians) contracted by the MMCO.

The Advancing Health Equity program will convene nine such teams together regularly over the course of two years to share experiences and lessons learned and to engage in peer-to-peer learning. The Learning Collaborative will help state Medicaid agencies, MMCOs, and health care delivery organizations to achieve their health equity goals by aligning their resources and strategies.

Each team will design integrated health care delivery and payment reforms to reduce health disparities and then implement these efforts at the participating healthcare delivery organizations. The Learning Collaborative will also generate best practice and policy recommendations for integrating payment and healthcare delivery reforms to advance health equity by eliminating health and healthcare disparities.

Technical Assistance Provided to Learning Collaborative Teams

The Learning Collaborative participants will receive in-person training (travel expenses covered by AHE for up to four persons from each Learning Collaborative team), web-based training, and tailored technical assistance that is designed to provide teams with the following:

  • Strategies for addressing common challenges when adopting quality improvement or health equity projects, 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, hospital and clinician partnerships.
  • Tools and resources for incorporating equity into payment reform initiatives.
  • Skills and programs related to creating and sustaining equitable health care that they can use long after the program ends.
  • Peer-to-peer learning with other participants throughout the United States.
  • Technical assistance around using practice-level quality measures stratified by race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic, or other demographic variables to inform their projects.
  • Support for improvements in clinical performance measures, associated composite measures (empirically derived measures that combine individual quality metrics, such as structure, process, and outcome indicators, into a single measure), and/or quality or cost goals.

Benefits of Participating in the AHE Learning Collaborative

Teams participating in the Learning Collaborative will benefit from:

  • The potential to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees who may be experiencing health disparities.
  • The opportunity to design and implement integrated equity-focused value-based payment and quality improvement efforts designed to reduce or eliminate disparities in health care outcomes.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other key stakeholders (Medicaid Agencies, MMCOs, health care organizations and systems) on a shared initiative.
  • The ability to position themselves to take advantage of upcoming regulatory and federal mandates to improve quality and reduce disparities in health care outcomes.
  • Unique opportunity to be at the forefront of value based payment with unparalleled resources/support.

Additional Benefits for Health Care Organizations and Systems

  • Ability to share learning with other health care providers in an open environment to test initiatives.
  • Knowledge and skills to incorporate an equity focus into all quality improvement activities.

Additional Benefits for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations

  • Ability to collaborate with other MMCOs in an open environment to test initiatives.
  • Potential to position yourself strategically for state contracts by demonstrating involvement in an innovative value-based payment initiative includes provider and state collaboration.
  • Potential (depending on focus) to increase Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) interventions and results.

Additional Benefits for State Medicaid Agencies

  • Unique opportunity to leverage existing value based payment approaches, with support for balancing quality and cost.
  • Ability to share learning with other Medicaid agencies testing initiatives that leverage value based payment to address equity and social determinants of health.

Request for Applications, Instructions, and Forms

Request for Application
Please click here to download a pdf copy of the Request for Applications document. This document describes the goals of the program, lists the eligibility criteria and the application requirements, and provides application instructions.

Application Instructions
Applicants will submit the following information in the online submission portal:

    • Cover letter
      The cover letter does not have a required format and can be brief. It can be submitted on organization letterhead. Please indicate the organization partners and their main motivation(s) to participate in the Learning Collaborative. The letter should be submitted by the lead applicant organization as a PDF document.  Note that the lead applicant organization will also need to designate one member of their organization to serve as the Learning Collaborative team lead. The team lead will be responsible for convening the different organizations and participants throughout the Learning Collaborative process, in addition to being the main contact for the application.
    • Application questions and appendices
      The RFA document contains six questions that each applicant team must answer. This question rubric document contains more detailed information about each of the questions and guidance for answering them. Please utilize this Word template and the instructions within it to answer the six questions. 
    • Background questionnaire. This questionnaire has eight items related to characteristics of the applicant organizations and of the applicant team.
    • Readiness Assessments. Please have each partner organization complete this questionnaire.

Important Dates (Application Deadline May 24th at 3:00 pm CDT)

RFA Posted

March 25, 2019

TA Webinar

April 9, 2019
3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT
1:00-2:00 p.m. MDT
12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT

Application Deadline

May 24, 2019 by 3:00 p.m. CDT

Notification of Decision

June 28, 2019

Launch Meeting (Chicago)

October 2-3, 2019

Final Meeting (Chicago)

September 13-14, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). The questions will be updated throughout the application period. Last updated 04/12/2019.