Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., MPH, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), has joined Regenstrief Institute’s Board of Directors.
Regenstrief’s board provides strategic guidance, oversight and management for the internationally respected medical research organization in support of its mission to improve local, national and global delivery and outcomes of healthcare through research and innovative advances in aging, biomedical informatics and health services.
“Regenstrief Institute is honored to welcome Dr. Jennifer Sullivan to our board of directors,” said Regenstrief President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Embí, M.D. “With her considerable expertise in healthcare, population health, health outcomes and social services, she is uniquely qualified to help guide the institute’s strategic vision as we strive to achieve our mission of improving health for all individuals.”
Dr. Sullivan, formerly Dr. Walthall, was appointed FSSA secretary in 2017. Prior to that she served as the deputy state health commissioner and director for health outcomes at the Indiana State Department of Health. Dr. Sullivan continues to practice as a pediatrician, working in the emergency department at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. She is also an adjunct clinical professor of emergency medicine and adjunct clinical professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.
“As Indiana continues to prioritize data driven solutions for health care and social services integration, I am excited to join the board of Regenstrief to solidify a shared vision for improved health outcomes,” Dr. Sullivan said.
In her role at FSSA, Dr. Sullivan takes a public health and wellness approach in her effort to deliver effective and efficient healthcare and social services to Hoosiers. She has led the FSSA’s effort to build a data-informed process to improve health and well-being across Indiana and is committed to aligning government and the private sector to help enhance health outcomes and fill unmet social needs.
In her previous positions with state health, Dr. Sullivan led the State’s health initiatives surrounding infant mortality, smoking and obesity. She also oversaw the outreach efforts for the HIV outbreak in Scott County and the lead contamination in East Chicago.
She was awarded the American Public Human Services Association’s 2019 Jerry W. Friedman Health and Human Services Impact Award, which recognizes lasting contributions to the health and human services system.
Dr. Sullivan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston Honors College and her Master in Public Health at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. She earned her medical degree at IU School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and pediatrics.
About Regenstrief Institute
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. The Regenstrief Institute, a key research partner to Indiana University, and its researchers are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.
Regenstrief Institute is celebrating 50 years of healthcare innovation. Sam Regenstrief, a successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.
More About Peter Embí, M.D.
In addition to his Regenstrief appointments as president and CEO, Peter Embí, M.D., M.S. is the Leonard Betley Professor of Medicine and associate dean for informatics and health services research at IU School of Medicine, associate director of informatics with Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and vice president for Learning Health Systems with Indiana University Health.