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Sandra Shewry

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Sandra Shewry

President and CEO
Center for Connected Health Policy
California public health policy and planning
health care financing and service delivery
insurance markets
public-private partnerships
health care purchasing


Sandra Shewry is president and CEO of the Center for Connected Health Policy. She took a leave of absence from June to December 2010 to serve as a consultant to the state of California on implementing health care reform. Previously, she served as director of the California Department of Health Services, having been appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in March 2004. Prior to its reorganization, the California Department of Health Services was one of the largest departments within state government with a budget of $36 billion and 6,000 employees. The programs under Shewry's leadership included public health, education, disease-prevention and health protection programs; licensing of health facilities; and the state's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. Previously, Shewry was director of health for the Center for Best Practices at the National Governor's Association, where she worked on a broad range of health financing, service delivery, and policy issues. Shewry has also served as executive director of the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board and was responsible for development and implementation of California's high-risk pool (MRMIP), a subsidized pregnancy coverage program (AIM), a small employer purchasing cooperative (the HIPC), and the state's S-CHIP (Healthy Families). Shewry has more than 20 years of experience in California state government. She began her state career with the California Department of Health Services as a health planning analyst and later served as an assistant secretary at the Health and Welfare Agency. Shewry's interests and expertise are in the areas of health care financing, insurance markets, public-private partnerships, and health care purchasing. Shewry earned graduate degrees in public health and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

1331 Garden Highway
Sacramento  California  95833
United States
Office Phone: 
(916) 285-1857
Office Fax: 
(916) 285-1866


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