Elena Nicolella, executive director of the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), knows first-hand the importance of eliminating silos in achieving population health goals. As Rhode Island’s Medicaid Director from 2009-2013 and director of policy innovation for Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services from 2014-2016, she oversaw numerous efforts that hinged on cross-sector commitments. Now, as head of NESCSO, she is focused on maximizing policy, program, and cost effectiveness across health and human service systems in New England states. CHCS recently spoke with Ms. Nicolella, a former fellow of CHCS’ Medicaid Leadership Institute, about opportunities to foster transformational cross-sector relationships.

 

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