NH DHHS - New Hampshire Medicaid Director Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute

Initiative will enhance the leadership capacity of Medicaid directors

to pursue innovation in publicly financed programs to deliver higher

quality, more cost-effective health care services.

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Commissioner Nick Toumpas announced today that Katie Dunn, Medicaid

Director is one of six Medicaid directors chosen nationally to participate

in the Medicaid Leadership Institute. The Center for Health Care Strategies

(CHCS) directs this initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson

Foundation (RWJF), to build the capacity of Medicaid directors to transform

their programs into national models for accessible, cost-effective care.

"Ms. Dunn is a committed public servant and I am confident that she will be

a valuable member of the Leadership Institute,” stated Commissioner

Toumpas. “I am confident that the knowledge and experience she will gain

as a participant will be used to continue to improve the Medicaid program

and as a result, the lives of those dependent upon this important program."

Ms. Dunn was competitively selected to participate in the executive

leadership development program along with five additional Medicaid

directors: Jennifer Vermeer, Iowa; Valerie Harr, New Jersey; Julie

Weinberg, New Mexico; Elena Nicolella, Rhode Island; and Billy Millwee,


“National health reform offers an opportunity for Medicaid directors to

lead the way in improvements in our health care system. Medicaid will be

at the center of many of the changes taking place, and the role of the

program’s directors will be more important than ever,” said John Lumpkin,

MD, MPH, senior vice president and director of the health care group at

RWJF. “We are proud to support the professional development of these

dedicated leaders whose work will be in the spotlight as Medicaid takes on

an expanded responsibility for insuring Americans.”

The 12-month Institute is designed to enhance the strategic thinking,

substantive knowledge, individual leadership, and technical skills that

directors need to effectively lead and foster innovation in their state

Medicaid programs. For more information about the Medicaid Leadership

Institute, visit www.medicaidleaders.org.