Anne Shields has more than 20 years of diverse experience in public health, behavioral health integration, primary care operations, and Medicaid benefits design and program implementation. She has held executive and senior leadership positions in public health, community health, and academic centers.
Anne joins HMA most recently from the Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center at the University of Washington, where she led an interdisciplinary team in providing technical assistance for sustainable models of integrated care. Her recent focus is “whole person” care including models that fully integrate medical, substance use, and mental health services in any healthcare setting.
A nurse by training, Anne also worked with state agencies, foundations and providers in Washington state’s diverse opioid treatment networks to expand access to treatment medications in primary care, behavioral health agencies, emergency departments, jails and syringe exchange programs.
Other key initiatives at the AIMS Center included working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and provider organizations in the design of the psychiatric collaborative care Medicare benefit and other integrated behavioral health services. Anne also works with state Medicaid agencies to plan integrated behavioral health strategies and benefits.
At the health department in Seattle, Anne directed investments in community health centers and school-based clinics. She was responsible for the design process and implementation of an evidence-based pilot that integrated primary care, mental health and substance use services for high-risk, high-cost individuals and low income pregnant and parenting women. This integrated program was expanded statewide and saved the state more than $10 million in its first two years of statewide operation. Anne was previously the associate director at HealthPoint, one of the largest community health center networks serving the Seattle metro area.
She earned her nursing degree from Seattle University and her Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
The mother of two young men who recently flew the nest, Anne is an avid skier and hiker. Anne volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps, a national network that strengthens public health response capacity in times of emergency.