Amanda Brodt, M.P.P., is a Director with AcademyHealth's Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institutewhere she supports state health policymakers move evidence into practice. For nearly two decades she has directed the Medicaid Medical Directors Network (MMDN), a learning network focused on the development and use of evidence-based medicine, measurement and improvement of health care quality, and the redesign of health care delivery systems. With support from various funders and partners including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the MMDN synthesizes and disseminates policy relevant findings to policymakers who tend to need information quickly. Network members collaborate with one another and cross-sector state partners on improving immunization rates, advancing care coordination for CYSHCN, and promoting quality measurement and improvement in Medicaid and CHIP. The MMDN has provided policy analysis and collaboration to parties including The White House, Congressional staff, CMS, NIH, and various state agencies. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics, and her M.P.P. from the University of Maryland.

Authored by Amanda Brodt, M.P.P.


Project DREAM (Doula Research for Equitable Advances in Medicaid Pregnancy Health)

With funding support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute and the University of Pittsburgh are bringing together six Medicaid programs, their university research partners, nine doula programs, and Medicaid enrollees to leverage an innovative distributed research network to advance racial equity in severe maternal morbidity.

Project ACCELERATE (Advancing Care Coordination through Evidence; Leveraging Existing Relationships Around Transforming PracticE)

With a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Eugene Washington Engagement Award, the Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute will bring together stakeholders to distill the latest PCORI-supported findings and identify strategies for dissemination to improve care coordination for children with special health care needs.