Sarah Esty – 2019 Summit Series Keynote Speaker

Written by: GLHC
Sarah Etsy

Sarah Esty

GLHC is excited to welcome Sarah Esty as the Capital Area Summit afternoon keynote speaker. Sarah Esty is the deputy director of the Policy and Planning Administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

In that role, Esty oversees the Policy and Innovation Division, the Office of Planning, the Bureau of Community Services and Michigan Rehabilitation Services. She coordinates a wide variety of programs that provide housing to low-income people, offer services to children in schools, reduce health disparities, provide training and education assistance to those with disabilities and connect families with weatherization assistance.

Previously, Esty worked as a consultant focusing on healthcare and state/local government projects. In this role she advised state health, budget and tax agencies, city executives and state university leaders on topics including Medicaid payment innovation, organizational design, organizational health and culture, lean process redesign and national best practices in healthcare, workforce development and other areas.

She began her career as an advocate and policy researcher for low-income children and families in Connecticut. She worked with the state legislature and state agencies to improve policies and fund critical programs related to early childhood care and education, healthcare, juvenile justice and workforce development. Other project include working on retirement security, local and tribal economic development and the school lunch program at the White House National Economic Council, and coordinating voter protection efforts in several states as part of a presidential campaign. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and her J.D. and MBA from Yale University.

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Her presentation is titled, “Building a DHHS and Statewide Data Roadmap”. It will explain several major national policy and regulatory changes in the HIT landscape that are driving MDHHS and other parts of Michigan’s HIT ecosystem to evolve. Esty will then share DHHS’s plans for building out their data strategy, including major data initiatives tied to the overall departmental priorities and internal capacity-building. Finally, she will present DHHS’s plans to lead a refresh of the statewide HIT roadmap (which has not been updated in over a decade). This new HIT roadmaps will engage health and human services stakeholders to lay out a vision for data interoperability and data use in the next 5+ years, prioritize joint projects and identify needed resources to accomplish them, and consider possible changes to our statewide data governance infrastructure.


  1. Understand major national regulatory and policy developments shaping state health information technology and interoperability activities, including TEFCA and the Interoperability Rule.
  2. Learn about the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ plans for a new internal data strategy.
  3. Learn about the plans for a refreshed statewide HIT roadmap and provide input on directions the state should pursue (including use cases, overall vision, and governance).