"To improve Medicaid through innovative models, we must first know what is working and not working well in the program. This process begins by engaging Medicaid enrollees and their families as key partners by listening, learning, and understanding their experiences and perspectives."

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN

Founding Executive Director
Institute for Medicaid Innovation

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN is an internationally recognized leader in Medicaid and maternal child health. With more than 30 years of experience, her work, at the intersection of clinical practice, research, and policy, positions her as a thought leader and a passionate advocate for the Medicaid program and the individuals, families, and communities it serves.  This multifaceted emphasis makes her a respected participant in the national dialogue on these and other health care topics. As the founding executive director of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) and assistant research professor at the University of Michigan medical school’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Moore focuses her efforts on strategically bringing together payers, clinicians, researchers, and government to design and evaluate innovative approaches to address maternal health issues such as alternative payment models, inequities and disparities, social determinants of health, community voice and partnership, and a full range of perinatal specific topics.  

Dr. Moore’s current grant-funded research projects include work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess Medicaid access and coverage through the first national longitudinal survey of Medicaid managed care organizations in key categories, including value-based purchasing, high risk care coordination, women’s health, pharmacy, child and adolescent health, long-term services and supports, behavioral health, social determinants of health, telehealth, and equity and disparities. She is also leading a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded national midwifery and Medicaid learning collaborative to increase access and coverage to high-value, evidence-based maternal models of care that are underutilized in the Medicaid program.  She is also involved in the Advancing Health Equity learning collaborative focused on reducing disparities through payment and delivery system reform among other groundbreaking work led by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation. 

A sought-after presenter and speaker, Dr. Moore has addressed audiences around the world on such topics as trends in Medicaid, value-based payment and alternative payment models, maternal mortality and morbidity, midwifery-led models of care, and structural racism and inequities in Medicaid. She has authored pieces in such peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of Medicaid Economics, Women’s Health Issues, Birth, and the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Currently she is a peer reviewer for Birth, Women’s Health Issues, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, and the Journal of Medical Economics.

Dr. Moore translates research findings combined with her clinical practice expertise into actionable national and state policy solutions. She remains current on maternal health issues and the effects of social determinants of health and disparities by volunteering her time as a registered nurse at a federally qualified health center in Washington, DC. She also helps to educate the next generation of health care providers and health services researchers in her role at the University of Michigan medical school. She has shared her expertise across borders through her global health work, including presentations at the 2018 Pujiang Forum on Pediatrics in Shanghai, China. She served as U.S. Health Services Research Representative to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and has conducted global health research in West Africa.

Prior to forming IMI, Dr. Moore spent three years at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), ultimately serving as the senior advisor and senior health scientist in the agency’s Office of Women’s Health & Gender Research. In that role, Dr. Moore leveraged her experience in the Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations to focus research conducted at HHS through the lens of delivery system models and patient-centered outcomes. She gained public policy experience as Director of Government Affairs for the Michigan Nurses Association and as Director of Government Relations for the American College of Nurse-Midwives before joining the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as Director of Policy and Programs.

Dr. Moore has served on numerous boards, committees, and task forces, including those for the American Academy of Pediatrics; the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; and the National Quality Forum.

Many honors and awards have been conferred on Dr. Moore, including the Carole Weisman and Gary Chase Gender-Based Research of the Year Award, presented in 2017 by AcademyHealth. During her three years at AHRQ, she was honored with the Director’s Award of Merit four times.

An inducted fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Women of Impact, Dr. Moore holds PhD and Master’s degrees in Health Systems and Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.