Sandra Shewry, MPH, MSW
Sandra Shewry is the founding President & CEO of the Center for Connected Health Policy.
The Center is a non-profit planning and strategy organization working to remove policy barriers that prevent the integration of telehealth technologies into California's health care system.
CCHP conducts objective policy analysis and research, develops non-partisan policy recommendations, and operates telehealth demonstration projects.
Prior to assuming her role at CCHP, Sandra held a number of senior leadership positions within California state government. She most recently served as director of the California Department of Health Care Services, which administers the state Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program. Other programs under Ms. Shewry’s leadership included public health, emergency preparedness, and licensing of health facilities.
Ms. Shewry served as the Executive Director of the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board from 1996-2002, and was a member of the team 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 CHIP (Healthy Families).
In 2010 Ms. Shewry took a leave from her position at CCHP to assist with California’s early ACA-related planning and implementation tasks. Key among these was the statutory framework for California’s Health Benefit Exchange.
She earned graduate degrees in Public Health and Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.