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Anne Kanyusik Yoakum, JD, MPH

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • MPH '11

Anne Kanyusik Yoakum is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Hennepin Health, an initiative of Hennepin County, the most populous county in Minnesota. Hennepin Health provides medical assistance coverage to eligible Hennepin County residents in collaboration with Minnesota’s safety-net health care providers and other parts of Hennepin County, including Public Health and Human Services. Hennepin Health takes an integrative approach to health care by providing tools to aid members in meeting medical needs, while also assisting members in navigating County systems and addressing social determinants of health, such as housing and food insecurity. Hennepin Health also funds delivery system reform initiatives and sponsors grants designed to promote innovation in serving Hennepin County residents enrolled in medical assistance. The Hennepin Health model has been evaluated in peer-reviewed research studies and has received national recognition for its groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to addressing the social determinants of health in partnership with Hennepin County residents.

In her role as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Anne oversees all areas of Hennepin Health operations and leads efforts to integrate the work of Hennepin Health into the critical services provided by other parts of Hennepin County and Hennepin Healthcare, which operates Minnesota’s largest safety-net hospital. Prior to taking her current position, Anne practiced health care and nonprofit law for over a decade, staffed domestic violence and sexual abuse hotlines and support groups for women in three states, was a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh. Anne also currently coordinates legislative initiatives for the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Current Position

Interim Chief Executive Officer, Hennepin Health