Governor Lamont announces that Executive Director of the Office of Health Strategy Victoria Veltri will leave the state service
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that Connecticut Office of Health Strategy Executive Director Victoria Veltri will step down from her state government role later this month to pursue a new career opportunity. Veltri has accepted the position of Executive Director of Malta House of Care, a non-profit private medical clinic providing high-quality free primary health care to uninsured adults in Greater Hartford.
Veltri has served as the head of the Office of Health Strategy since its creation in February 2018 and was reappointed in the role in January 2019 when Governor Lamont took office. The Office of Health Strategy is responsible for implementing data-driven strategies that promote equal access to health care, improve the value of health care, contain costs, and ensure better health systems for Connecticut residents. It was established as part of a consolidation effort to bring several existing resources from various state agencies into one centralized location so that these efforts could work more cohesively and efficiently.
Under his leadership, the office:
- First successful statewide health information exchange launched;
- Modified the certificate of necessity process with a focus on equity, access, affordability and community benefits;
- Launched an advisory board for community health workers;
- He has led investments in community-led prevention activities;
- More comprehensive reporting and action on community benefits;
- He partnered with the Office of the State Comptroller and others to launch the Connecticut Healthcare Affordability Index;
- Bipartisan Covered Connecticut program developed; And
- It recently became the first state in the country to codify a bipartisan executive order setting Connecticut’s first cost growth benchmarks, primary care goals, and quality metrics.
“Vicki is one of the most passionate and energetic people I have had the pleasure of working with during my tenure as governor, and whenever we speak I am always filled with her enthusiasm for her work and her deep commitment to addressing needs. health care of Connecticut residents, especially when it comes to issues such as equity of costs, access, affordability, and reducing race and gender gaps in care “, Governor Lamont said. “I’m very sad to see her go, but I wish her all the best for her new opportunities. I am grateful for the work and expertise you have provided to our state over these many years ”.
Prior to her current role, Veltri served as chief health policy advisor to former Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. She has also worked as a Connecticut health care advocate at the Office of the Healthcare Advocate.
“I am very grateful to Governor Lamont for the opportunity to have served in his administration,” Veltri said. “I am proud of the outstanding Office of Health Strategy team and their dedicated daily work across the healthcare industry. Working for the state was an extraordinary privilege. During my sixteen years in the state government, I have had the great fortune of holding a variety of management roles, including as chief health policy advisor under former Lieutenant Governor Wyman and as state health care attorney, appointed by the former. Governor Malloy. I have many friends in the executive branch and the legislative branch, including leaders of other state agencies that I will miss working with on a regular basis and with whom I have always worked in partnership. No agency function without the deep dedication of our employees and I will miss them most of all. Our work has always been centered on the people of Connecticut and I will carry that commitment with me. “
Veltri’s last day with the state will be July 1, 2022. Governor Lamont is starting the search for a successor to fill the position.
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