Brandon Danz, MHA, MPA, brings extensive expertise in health care system and health program design, policy, and regulation to the OPEN MINDS team. He currently serves as the Director of Risk Contract Programs for WellSpan Health in Pennsylvania.
Before joining WellSpan, Mr. Danz was a Senior Associate with OPEN MINDS and led project engagements to assist clients in the development and implementation of strategies to respond to the changing health and human service environment. In this work, he provided technical assistance on the impact of policy changes on operational margins, service delivery models, use of technology, and payment methodologies.
Previously, Mr. Danz worked as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. In this role, he was involved with key initiatives in health care reform within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In this role, Mr. Danz worked with executives from the Department of Health and the Governor’s office to lead a multi-agency effort to secure a State Healthcare Innovation Modeling (SIM) grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also acted as a liaison between the Commonwealth and health systems in Pennsylvania to develop population healthcare management strategies to address the needs of “superutilizer” Medicaid enrollees.
In his tenure with the Commonwealth, Mr. Danz was also responsible for working with county commissioners and county human service leaders to develop innovative partnerships and pilot programs to test innovative approaches to county administration of human services. This included the creation of a human services block grant where the Commonwealth bundled funding for seven human service programs (including funding for behavioral health, homeless assistance, drug and alcohol, child welfare, and intellectual disabilities) into a county block grant. The focus on the initiative was to decrease regulation and allow for greater administrative flexibility and holistic, person-centered approaches to care.
Previously, Mr. Danz served as the Executive Director for the Oregon Republican Party and led political, finance, communications, and administrative operations for the organization.
Before leading ORP, Mr. Danz worked in a number of roles for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania including the Director of Regional & Grassroots Operations and the Congressional Liaison & Northeast PA Regional Victory Director. Previously he served as an Outreach Coordinator to Rep. Scott Boyd, Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Mr. Danz is an active member in his community, participating in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Public Health Association, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Mr. Danz received a Master of Health Administration from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Millersville University.