In episode 6 we’re joined by Elizabeth Hertel, the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This wide ranging conversation certainly covers COVID-19, but dives even deeper to discuss what public health officials and the health sciences community can do to invest in the future health of our society. A great discussion not only for Michiganders, but for anyone interested in looking “under the hood” of a state department of health and human services.
Our Guest: Elizabeth Hertel
Elizabeth Hertel is the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
Previously she was Senior Chief Deputy Director for Administration where she oversaw External Relations and Communications, Financial Operations Administration, Legislative Services, Legal Affairs, Policy & Planning, Strategic Integration, Organizational Services, Workforce Engagement and Community and Faith Engagement.
Hertel joined the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) in 2013 as the senior assistant for Policy and Planning, and in February 2014, was appointed director of Policy and Planning. Following the merger of the Departments of Community Health and Human Services into MDHHS in 2015, Hertel served as senior deputy director for Policy, Planning and Legislative Services. In October 2016, she left that position to serve as director of Michigan Advocacy for Trinity Health and returned to MDHHS as Chief Deputy for Administration in February 2019.
Prior to joining MDCH, Hertel worked as a senior advisor for Health Policy in the state House Republican Policy Office and as a legislative assistant to state Rep. Bruce Caswell. She began her tenure in the House in 2005. In 2010, she worked as a consultant with Public Sector Consultants and then as a policy analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She returned to the House in 2011.