Robert Gordon – 2019 Summit Series Keynote Speaker

Written by: GLHC

Over the next several months, we are excited to introduce the six individuals who will serve as Keynote Speakers during the GLHC 2019 Summit Series!

2019 Summit Series

The barriers that stand between current state and optimal state of the healthcare system, are complicated and numerous. These barriers prevent organizations and providers from delivering, coordinating, and tracking patient care. By harnessing the power of technology and relationships, we can break down those barriers.

Organizations, departments, teams, and individuals, must create environments that reward and exude creativity, flexibility, and excellence. By connecting these cultural characteristics, we can achieve a fully sustainable and integrated healthcare ecosystem. This is what inspired the theme of the 2019 Summit Series… “Breaking down barriers – connecting cultures of healthcare.”

Over the last five years, the GLHC Summit Series has provided education on the value of health information technology, highlighted the impact across the care continuum, and encouraged the community to maintain momentum in care transformation. This year, our goal is to demonstrate the integral role that patients can and do play as collaborators in this process, and how technology can help facilitate their engagement. Each of this year’s keynote speakers were chosen with that focus in mind.

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon Director of MDHHS

Robert Gordon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will be the afternoon keynote speaker at the Capital Area Summit. GLHC is pleased to offer this opportunity for attendees to hear Director Gordon’s vision for the health and wellness of our state and its people.

Professional Background

Mr. Gordon oversees the largest department in Michigan state government. MDHHS administers Medicaid programs, Children’s Protective Services, food assistance, public health, and many other statewide health and human services initiatives.

Director Gordon has had a distinguished career in public service. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of finance and global strategy for the non-profit College Board. He has also served as the acting assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

Gordon spent four years at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, including service as acting deputy director. He led design of innovative initiatives in maternal and infant home visiting, early childhood development, and child welfare. He had direct responsibility for overseeing the Administration for Children and Families and Administration on Aging at the Department of Health and Human Services, food and nutrition programs at the Department of Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration.

Leadership at MDHHS

Director Gordon assumed leadership for MDHHS at a pivotal time for the department. He has inherited ongoing public health issues, including the opioid crisis and concerns over water safety and infrastructure. Policy matters also top his agenda, including the sustainability of the Healthy Michigan Plan and the upcoming launch of pilot programs to test the viability of behavioral health integration and payment reform.

He has deep experience in evidence-based policymaking, tied closely to program funding and quality evaluation. He believes that disparities in income, education, and race are directly connected to health, access to care, and overall quality of life; and is committed to supporting equal opportunity and dignity for ALL Michiganders. Learn more about Director Gordon at

Capital Area Summit Registration

Don’t miss his keynote presentation at the 2019 Capital Area Summit! Register today!