Erin Emerson has been with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Medical Services Administration since October 2014 and currently serves as the Director of the Office of the Strategic Partnerships and Medicaid Administrative Services. In this capacity she leads the State Medicaid Agency’s work on cross-cutting strategic initiatives in support of the MDHHS core mission and values-a portfolio that includes efforts to address social determinants of health, integrate behavioral and physical health care, and preserve and expand access to health coverage and programs that support Michiganders in achieving financial stability. Additionally, she serves as the Chief of Staff for the administration supporting the State Medicaid Director in overseeing an array of health care programs that serve over 2.5 million Michigan residents. Prior to assuming this role, she worked in the Office of Health Care Reform as the liaison between the Medicaid and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrations.

Erin has been employed with the State of Michigan for twelve years, starting her career in public service immediately after graduate school. For the first six years of her state service, Erin served as the special assistant to the Director of the Child Development and Care program, the State of Michigan’s child care subsidy program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University.