posted by AHIP

on May 27, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is targeting six chronic, preventable, and costly health conditions by using 18 proven, specific interventions.  The CDC 6|18 Initiative (The Six Eighteen) is designed as a collaborative effort with payers and other stakeholders with the goal to accelerate the coverage of evidence-based preventive practices to improve the health of populations across the country.

The six targeted conditions – tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes – are important to health plans and other stakeholders.  Many health plans have efforts underway to prevent these conditions and assist their members in better managing their health, but there is still more that can be done to help reach these important population health goals.  The CDC’s scientific and public health expertise offers payers the opportunity to learn about the latest, evidence-based public health practices that can maximize outcomes associated with these efforts.

Hear about the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, what CDC hopes health plans can do, and how AHIP is working with the CDC on chronic disease and prevention initiatives.



Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton, Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of Health System Collaboration in CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy will describe the 6|18 Initiative. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding progress to date, opportunities for involvement, key challenges, and lessons learned.

Chief medical officers, prevention, wellness, population health, community-based health professionals, policy makers and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to register for the webinar to gain a better understanding of the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative and how to get involved.


I. Introduction & Overview

Speaker: Kate Berry, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, AHIP
Kate Berry welcomed participants and provided an overview of the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, including ways that AHIP and the CDC work together on prevention and chronic conditions, and how 6|18 can further the work of health plans.

II. CDC Guest Speaker
Christa-Marie Singleton, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, Office of Health System Collaboration, Office of the Associate Director for Policy, CDC

Dr. Singleton provided a more detailed description of the 6|18 Initiative and highlighted CDC’s long-term vision to impact the 6 priority topic areas. Learn about CDC’s progress to date and their collaboration with health plans on 6|18.

III. Q & A, Moderated Discussion

Kate Berry moderated a discussion and fielded questions on the 6|18 Initiative. This was a great opportunity for organizations to interact directly with CDC leadership on one of its key prevention initiatives.  Webinar participants asked questions about how to demonstrate the impact of the prevention initiatives, working with providers, and lessons learned.

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