John Wernert has joined Sagamore Institute as a vice president and inaugural director of the Center for National Health Policy and Innovation. The new Sagamore health policy center will assist health innovators and motivated political leaders shape new health policy and practice with evidence and experience from the nation’s most successful states. Wernert previously served as secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. As the first physician appointed to lead the large state agency, he oversaw significant modernization efforts of many social welfare programs including Indiana Medicaid.  Major achievements include approval and implementation of HIP 2.0, rolling out the On My Way Pre-K program, and the planning and building of a new state mental hospital, the Indiana Neuro-Diagnostic Institute. In his new role, Wernert will help establish the Kentucky Field Office in Louisville and lead the healthcare strategies and medical policy division.

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