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An Introduction to the CDC's 6|18 Initiative
6-18 logo with list of priority conditions

With support from the CDC Office of Health Systems Collaboration, ACPM has developed a new 1.0 CME/MOC online course on the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative. Titled "An Introduction to the CDC's 6|18 Initiative Course," the online course is available at no cost to physicians and allied health professionals through ACPM's new learning platform.

Overview Course

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the CDC's 6|18 Initiative which targets six common and costly health conditions and promotes the increased adoption of 18 specific, proven interventions to address them. In addition to basics about the Initiative, the course highlights:

  • Common barriers that hinder intervention adoption,
  • Offers recommendations for overcoming these issues at the individual and system levels, and
  • Funding mechanisms and implementation strategies through two case studies on asthma-related interventions.

Those who complete the course will be able to:

  • Describe the 6|18 initiative including the evidence-based interventions developed to address the six health conditions
  • Identify the barriers that prevent physicians from utilizing the 6|18 interventions
  • Describe the role of physicians in implementing the initiative in various practice settings.
  • Discuss potential opportunities for collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Identify behavioral economic strategies to advance the provider adoption of the 6|18 interventions
  • Describe provider implementation strategies to include 6|18 interventions within emerging payment models
  • Identify innovative strategies for leveraging team-based approaches for utilizing the 6|18 interventions
  • Identify positive health outcomes of patients when providers utilize the interventions within the 6|18 Initiative.

About the Initiative

With the 6|18 Initiative, the CDC is targeting six common and costly health conditions—tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes—and  by increasing the coverage, access, utilization and quality of 18 proven, specific interventions to address them. The initial set of 18 interventions, which may fluctuate in the future, work to prevent chronic and infectious diseases and aligns evidence-based preventive practices with emerging value-based payment and delivery models.

As part of the initiative, CDC is partnering with health care purchasers, payers and providers to improve health and control health care costs. The initiative's priority conditions and specific interventions provide a starting point for discussions with partners. The CDC provides partners with rigorous evidence about high-burden health conditions and associated interventions to inform their decisions to have the greatest health and cost impact. 

Course Faculty

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Jocelyn Carter, MD, MPH

Dr. Jocelyn Carter is a practicing internal medicine hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH; Boston, MA) and a 2017 Aetna Foundation Fellow in Healthcare Innovation within the MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab. Clinically prepared in internal medicine and leadership/ preventive medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH), Jocelyn is passionate about experiential learning, transformational change via scalable, cost-efficient initiatives and the use of outcomes research and healthcare information technology to drive the redesign of patient-centered care and healthcare innovation. As a recent awardee of a 2017 Partners Healthcare Center for Population Health Delivery System Innovation Implementation Grant, Jocelyn and her team are studying the impact of 30-day patient-community health worker pairings at the time of hospital discharge on health care outcomes in high risk populations. She is an editor of the Society of Hospital Medicine Clinical Quick Talks and is a regular reviewer for esteemed academic journals.

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Catherine Livingston, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Catherine Livingston is double-boarded in Family Medicine and Public Health & Preventive Medicine. She is faculty at Oregon Health & Science University and practices as a family physician in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as teaching residents and medical students. She also serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Health Evidence Review Commission which sets the benefit package for the Medicaid population in Oregon. Dr. Livingston performs evidence reviews to translate evidence into policy and has special foci on evidence-based medicine, obesity, integrating public health and health care, and opioid policy.

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Toyosi Morgan, MD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Toyosi Morgan is a Medical Director in the Chief Medical Officer Organization, Healthcare Services Segment of Humana Inc. In this role, she helps manage the strategy and operations for Physician Value-Based (accountable care) relationships and well as advancing clinical care into the home. Prior to this, she completed a two year experience within the Humana Executive Physician Immersion Program to gain a understanding of the industry through the lens of network development and contracting, healthcare innovation, marketing, corporate strategy, grievance/appeals and local market operations. She maintains active patient care in a local primary care facility. Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Morgan was the program director for the preventive medicine residency at Emory University. During her preventive medicine training, she helped certify nine primary care practices as NCQA Level 3 patient-centered medical homes, initially at Grady Health System and subsequently at Emory Healthcare. She also established a lifestyle medicine clinical practice for patients with chronic diseases seeking to make meaningful behavior change with their nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness, sleep and relationships. This clinical model’s objectives were to help patients with stable chronic diseases improve outcomes and reduce health care costs.

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Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM

Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM is the Director of the Center for Public Heath Practice, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Professor, Health Policy and Management.  Previously, she served as Wyoming State Health Officer and Public Health Division Administrator within the Wyoming Department of Health. She is a member of the ACPM Health Systems Transformation Task Force and is on the ACPM Board of Regents. Access her complete bio.

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