Renee Gayhart came to Alaska in the early 1990’s after completing a Master’s degree at the School for International Training in Vermont. Prior to moving to Alaska, Renee worked overseas for a Relief/Development agency. Upon arrival to Juneau, she worked for a non-profit social service agency for several years.
Renee began state employment at the Department of Administration, Office of Public Advocacy, as a Public Guardian in Southeast Alaska in 1997. She transferred to the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, formerly the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in 1998. Her responsibilities evolved over the years from a Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist and Statewide Program Coordinator to DD Administrator. Her primary focus areas included fiscal management, Medicaid Regulation projects, Certification Packet revisions, Family Support Projects, MMIS development, and Provider recruitment and retention.
In 2004, Renee accepted a transfer to lead the Tribal Health Program in the Commissioners Office. In this role she provides Medicaid Tribal policy guidance, as well as coordination and support to division directors and their key program managers to advance the department’s Medicaid Tribal policy goal of improving the health status of our Alaska Native people.
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