Strategies in Iowa for Improving Performance of the Health Care Safety Net in the Era of Health Reform


Responsibility for ensuring that vulnerable populations have access to quality health care falls largely to states. Many states have not analyzed their policies and programs systematically, however, and thus may be ill-prepared to seize new opportunities in the Affordable Care Act for strengthening their health care safety nets. Health care leaders in Iowa have proposed to undertake a comprehensive planning effort to identify strategies that they and policymakers in other states could follow to achieve a high performance health care system for their vulnerable populations. This project will convene an advisory group of state officials and safety-net providers to determine the current funding, expenditures, and infrastructure of Iowa's safety net, and then develop strategies for improving integration of the safety net.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Iowa
Principal Investigator:
Peter C. Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 12, 2011

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