WICHITA, Kan. – Teresa Miller has been named president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), a statewide philanthropy based in Wichita. Her appointment is effective on or before June 1. Miller currently serves as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
“Teresa Miller has extensive health and human services policy leadership experience, and we are honored to have her as the Foundation’s next president and CEO,” said Matt Allen, chair of the KHF Board of Directors. “As secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and in her prior health leadership roles, Miller has demonstrated a strong understanding of the needs of underserved communities and a commitment to critical health policy change. She is a collaborative leader, using strategic systems and metrics approaches to address population health, reduce disparities and work toward health and racial equity.”
A native of Oregon, Miller received a juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. She has served as secretary of Human Services for Pennsylvania since 2017, working to increase access to important physical and behavioral health services through Medicaid, improving food access by simplifying Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program requirements, expanding child care and pre-K programs, and enhancing community health care quality. She leads the largest state agency, with approximately 16,000 staff and a total budget of over $45 billion.
“I am so honored to lead the Kansas Health Foundation and to work with the Board and team to build upon the impactful work KHF has done to improve health for Kansans,” said Miller. “I look forward to meeting with people all across Kansas and learning more about their health concerns and developing relationships for change. Addressing health disparities must be at the forefront of everything we do to improve the health of the population. Strong partnerships between philanthropy, public agencies, health care providers, social service organizations and private enterprise will help us reduce inequities and bring greater health opportunities for all Kansans.”
Before becoming secretary of Human Services, Miller served as Pennsylvania insurance commissioner, held leadership roles in the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and was administrator of the insurance division at the State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services. Currently, Miller is serving on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, providing feedback on federal policies and legislation that affect health care consumers.
The Kansas Health Foundation conducted a nationwide search following the death of CEO Reginald L. Robinson in September 2020.
The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work to address health equity in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its 30-year history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to improve health in Kansas communities.
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