MDHHS appoints new director of aging services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2019       

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced its new deputy director for Aging & Adult Services.

Alexis Travis, Ph.D., has been named executive director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MDHHS Director Robert Gordon announced. Travis begins her new job June 3.

Travis came to MDHHS in 2018 after working in public and private health care organizations in Massachusetts. As director of the MDHHS Bureau of Health and Wellness, she has managed the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control.

“Dr. Travis has excelled as director of the Bureau of Health and Wellness,” Gordon said. “Her accomplishments have included working with internal and external stakeholders to develop a state dementia plan and establishing a state-level public health workgroup on healthy aging. I am confident she will help the department make further progress in providing services to Michigan’s 2 million older adults while treating them with dignity and respect and providing them with the opportunity to live where they want to live and be free of elder abuse.”

She previously worked as chief of community health for the Worcester Department of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts, where she worked effectively with vulnerable populations and diverse community stakeholders – including older adults and people with disabilities. Earlier in her career she was a payer operations manager for Athena Health, and chapter director of program services and state director of program services for March of Dimes New England.

She holds a doctorate in public health, specializing in community health education and promotion, from Walden University in Minnesota; a master’s degree of pharmacy from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom; and was a participant in the Socrates/Erasmus Student Exchange Program at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Travis will report to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief deputy director for health. Scott Wamsley, who has been acting executive director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency, will return to his previous position as deputy director of that agency.

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