Medicaid Equity Simulation ProjectAbout the Training


The Ohio Department of Medicaid is working with a number of Ohio’s medical and health sciences colleges to improve the care and quality of life of Medicaid enrollees. The Medicaid Equity Simulation Project uses virtual reality, three-dimensional multimedia sensory environments, as an educational tool to improve Medicaid providers’ cultural competency and increase awareness of social determinants of health.

These educational experiences highlight the importance of engaging providers in first-person active learning. The goal is to provide patients with improved quality of care through acceptance and understanding.

Project Coordinators

  • John McCarthy Primary Investigator
  • Deborah Henderson Primary Investigator
  • Liz Beverly Primary Investigator
  • Kerri Shaw Primary Investigator
  • John Bowditch Co Investigator
  • Eric R. Williams Co Investigator/Writer/Director
  • Carrie Love Producer/Writer/Director
  • Matt Love Cinematographer/Post Production Coordinator
Project Development

  • Merri Biechler Writer/Casting
  • Inna Tsyrlin Writer
  • Josh Crook Writer/Director
  • Emily Guseman Project Development
  • Chip Linscott Sound Coordinator
  • Terri Hood-Brown Set Content Expert
  • Lori Austin Set Content Expert
  • Sean Terrell Location Management
  • Carrie Arnold Location Management
  • Judi Rioch Grant Processing
  • Ana Tomas Human Resources
  • Emily Chapman Procurement
  • Leanne LeMaster Procurement
  • Kelsea Bolin Procurement
  • Shawn Cutright Grant Accounting
  • Becky Sell Web Designer
  • Juan Thomassie Web Designer
  • Lauren Klintworth Web Design Assistant
  • David Gibb Web Content Development
  • Christina Brosovich Web Design Assistant
  • Paige Young Web Content Development
  • Serena LeFevre Web Content Development
  • Daniel Warmke Web Design Assistant
  • Nicki Mazzocca Web Design Assistant
  • Hannah Buell Project Assistant
  • Melissa Kitrick Project Assistant
  • Samantha Devore Project Assistant
  • Johanna Kearns Graphic Design Assistant
  • Sebastian Diaz Expert Interview/Statistical Processing
  • Darlene Berryman Content Expert
  • Calvin Jones Content Expert
  • Rosellen Roche Content Expert
  • Dawn Graham Content Expert
  • Stacy Wright Content Expert
  • Karie Cook Content Expert
  • Sarah Adkins Content Expert
  • Doug Bowie Content Expert
  • Gregory Janson Expert Interview
  • Kate Jiggins Expert Interview
  • Gary Chleboun Ultrasound Expert
  • Douglas Guseman Pharmacy Expert
Production Team

  • Savannah Heller Assistant Producer
  • Yaphet Jackman Gaffer
  • Steven Lee Set Photographer
  • Kathleen Gardin Art Department
  • Nick Gardin Art Department
  • Alyssa Embry Art Department Assistant
  • Chloee Griffith Art Department Assistant
  • Cody Prell Art Department Assistant
Diabetes Training Cast

  • Rita Preston Lula Mae
  • David Haugen Doctor Brown
  • Patricia McBride Julie, Pharmacist
  • Jill Iverson Stacey, Daughter
  • Lawrence Greene DeVon, Son-in-law
  • Brennan Gallagher Junior, Son
  • Joe Balding Frank, Tow Truck Driver
  • Patricia Thomas Patricia, Food Pantry Manager
  • Manda Neal Jesse, Food Pantry Late Arrival
  • Caleb Crawford Pharm Tech
  • Beckie Brown Office Manager
  • Alex Amery Marcus, Husband
Opioid Addiction Training Cast

  • Constance Leeson Destiny
  • Jennifer Inks Nurse Kate
  • Courtney Abbott Olivia, Social Worker
  • Justin Rose Ethan, Boyfriend
  • Kristina Kopf Maggie Mother
  • Josie Merkle Grandmother
  • Jim Azelvandre Jim, Stepfather
  • Jordan Head Young Destiny
  • Richard Mason Motel Manager
  • Dawn "Shelly" Riggs Prenatal Class Instructor
Production Crew

  • Michelle David
  • Robert Kaithern
  • Matthew Valdovinos
  • Bryget Anderson
  • Ying Ding
  • Alex Bailey
  • J Raymond Bryars
  • Chris Garcia
  • Mitch Grandy
  • Jordan Herron
  • Elijah Jimenez
  • Soumitra "Sammy" Lahiri
  • Jacob Midkiff
  • Jake Morgan
  • Lexi Murray
  • Logan Phillips
  • Cody Pomeroy
  • Josh Reisinger
  • Nalani Rodgers
  • Shiji Zhou
  • Dakota Dunn
  • Madison Ephlin
  • Brett Karr
  • Ricky Lightner
  • Audrey Reeder
  • Tori Rinehart
  • Alexa Ross
  • Sean Sims
  • James Smith III
  • Bethany Truman
Cast Support

  • Rachel Cathey
  • Kaleb Jackson
  • Tara Jordon
  • Graham Holford
  • Cheryl Howe
  • Dorian Richardson
  • Amy Richardson
  • Dorian Richardson Jr
  • Averi Richardson
  • Taelin Richardson
  • Aurora Richardson
  • Martha Klinger
  • Jenny Keller
  • Josh BenAmoz
  • Zach Haddox
  • Gracie Drennen
  • Lori Crook
  • Margaret Sheskey
  • Betty Davis
  • Chase Brackley
  • Rita Bennett
  • Nancy Smathers
  • Deborah J. Sheskey
  • Ariel Carver
  • Cynthia Head
  • Casiha Felt
  • Andy Felt
  • Andrew Burns
  • Autumn Mulneix
  • Travis Mulneix
  • David Cosgrave
  • Chad Moore
  • Sonji Miller
  • Tammy Lee
  • Sabrena Collins
  • Zachary Taw
  • Billy Zehnal
  • Colleen Carow
  • Emmett Girton
  • Brantley Carow
  • Madeline Carow
  • Lorainne Wochna
  • Katherine Hammond
  • Margaret Guseman
  • Sawyer Grant
  • Ben Leeson
  • Anthony Masci
  • Jackson Masci
  • Christie Sikorski
  • Kelly Sikorski
  • Jaycie Williams
  • Joseph Edwards
  • Tynika “Ty Chenell” Jones
  • Jessica Beckford
Special Thanks

  • Ohio University
  • Hocking College
  • Valley View Auto Parts
  • Tammy's Country Kitchen
  • New to You
  • Happy Valley Estates
  • The Drugs Store at O'Bleness
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