Health Care Access & Coverage | Health Equity

Addressing Structural Racism in Medicaid to Promote Health Equity

A Conversation with Cara James, PhD, Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH, and Emma Sandoe, PhD, MPH, moderated by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET April 15, 2022 Virtual Event

Medicaid provides a safety net for more than 75 million low-income people. While this is an essential part of achieving health equity, Medicaid’s structure and implementation has often perpetuated structural racism in health care. This panel will bring both a historical lens and fresh perspective to how structural racism manifests itself in Medicaid and what to do about it. Join us as we discuss policies and strategies to leverage Medicaid as a tool for eliminating racial disparities.

Supported by the Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture Fund. 


Cara James

Cara James, PhD

President and CEO, Grantmakers in Health

Leighton Ku

Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH

Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University School of Public Health

Emma Sandoe

Emma Sandoe, PhD, MPH

Associate Director of Strategy and Planning, North Carolina Department of Health Benefits – Medicaid

Atheendar Venkataramani

Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD (moderator)

Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Director, Opportunity for Health Lab, Perelman School of Medicine