Preconference: Covering the Waterfront: Innovative State HIV Policy Approaches, from Prevention to Aging in Place

Wednesday, August 15th
8:00am – 4:00 pm

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Join leading state health policymakers and explore innovative policy solutions to improve health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries at risk for and living with HIV across their lifespans. This day-long preconference showcases states that are focusing on innovative:

  • Financing and reimbursement models that support access and adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis;
  • Complex needs of HIV-positive Medicaid beneficiaries, who are also seeking treatment for substance use disorder;
  • Cross-agency data sharing to address gaps in care; and
  • Medicaid long-term services and supports programs that meet the needs of aging HIV-positive beneficiaries.


Jacquelyn Clymore, HIV/STD/Hepatitis Director, NC DHHS

Jacquelyn Clymore has served as the State’s HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Director in the Communicable Disease Branch, North Carolina Division of Public Health since 2009. She oversees the HIV Care Program, the HIV/STD Prevention Program, the North Carolina HIV Medication Assistance Program (HMAP, formerly ADAP), the HIV Health Equity Program and since 2015, the Viral Hepatitis Program. She represents North Carolina as a member of the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. She has played a key role in securing awards for the state which have helped build infrastructure and strengthen treatment and linkage to care for clients living with HIV disease. The HIV/STD Prevention and Care Unit is responsible for assuring that CDC funds reach health departments and community organizations across the state for HIV and STD testing, for the Ryan White and HOPWA funds that provide HIV care and housing to uninsured and under-insured HIV positive people, and working to link all clients to care with the critical goal of achieving HIV viral suppression.


Daniel Cohen, Senior Policy Manager, MassHealth

Daniel Cohen is a Senior Policy Manager at MassHealth where his primary focus is developing and implementing policy initiatives related to the healthcare delivery system, including One Care, Massachusetts’ capitated Financial Alignment Model and Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries and MassHealth’s new 1115 Demonstration, with a particular focus on the intersection between Medicaid and public health. Prior to joining MassHealth in 2014, Daniel managed community and hospital-based programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to provide HIV testing and care management through the Ryan White CARE Act. Daniel earned a MBA in Healthcare Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Amy Cooper, Women's Services Coordinator, Colorado Department of Human Services -Office of Behavioral Health

Amy Cooper, a Minnesota native, graduated with her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Addiction Studies from Argosy University. She currently works for the Colorado Department of Human Services in the Office of Behavioral Health as the Women’s Services Coordinator. In this role she manages an innovative program for pregnant and parenting women called Special Connections, engages with stakeholders around women’s specific issues including Substance Exposed Newborns, and offers program support to community provides offering gender responsive services to women. Previously, Amy worked in residential and outpatient levels of care focusing on women’s treatment needs and offender populations. She also worked for local government on a pilot program for pregnant women to engage in home based substance use and case management services. Amy took interest in working with new clinicians on how to assess and triage clients in a trauma informed manner to help gain a deeper insight into the services needed to support the individuals. Since moving to Colorado Amy has enjoyed working for the State, traveling with her Great Dane, and hiking in the Rockies.


Pete Liggett, Deputy Director, SC Dept of Health and Human Services
Pete Liggett, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, serves as the Deputy Director of Long Term Care and Behavioral Health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. His focus is guiding long term care and behavioral health policies as SCDHHS transforms these critical services and explores ways to better integrate long term care and behavioral health with primary care services. He joined SCDHHS in August 2012 as Director of Behavioral Health.


This preconference is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)