About This Website

This website is a joint endeavor of the Commonwealth Medicine division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, housed at the Ohio State University Medical Center.  Commonwealth Medicine is the public consulting and operations unit of the state’s only public medical school, while the Government Resource Center is a consortium of Ohio’s six public and one private medical school established to provide an array of program supports to the state’s health and human service agencies. 

Commonwealth Medicine and the Government Resource Center have collaborated to develop this site in order to publicize and highlight the potential for and benefits of partnerships between public university systems and state agencies responsible for the conduct of state healthcare programs, particularly Medicaid.  Over the past two decades, several state agencies charged with Medicaid program administration have developed relationships with their state university systems and public academic medical centers (AMCs) seeking support and guidance on critical issues common to Medicaid and state  health care programs.  In some venues, public universities and AMCs have become key collaborators in efforts to shape public policy, design and implement innovative approaches to deliver health services, provide technical assistance to agency operations and help state Medicaid programs better fulfill their missions.  

This website is intended to serve as a central portal for state universities, academic medical centers and state agencies to share their work, best practices, success stories, and lessons learned — and at the same time serve as a vehicle to facilitate both the development  of new partnerships and the expansion of established ones.  Our mutual hope is that this website will:

  • Help build partnerships that contribute to an environment where innovation is achievable and, at the same time, administratively efficient so as to optimize states’ resources.
  • Help expand partnerships through information dissemination and technical assistance for those states and university systems looking to build and/or expand Medicaid and other state health care quality improvement efforts.

It is our anticipation that this website’s resources, tools, real-world examples, up-to-date news, and published research will help inform and encourage the development of successful university-state partnerships.  Representatives from Commonwealth Medicine and the Government Resource Center are available to address particular issues and provide guidance to interested university and state agency personnel.  Please feel free to contact us with inquiries or suggestions to make this website a better and more useful resource for you.