Director, Health & Human Services Solutions, Optum
Scott Dunn is Director, Health and Human Services Programs at Optum. He provides domain expertise and policy guidance in the health and human services practice to the data integration and analytics, integrated eligibility and business intelligence initiatives of Optum Government Solutions. He served in the Senior Executive Service in the federal government overseeing a broad range of domestic programs and systems, including as the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he administered all domestic food assistance programs of the federal government. He was also the Deputy Administrator for the Food Stamp Program at FNS, where he developed and approved the first state initiated food stamp Electronic Benefit Transfer projects in the country.
Prior to serving at USDA, he was the Policy Coordinator to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on budget issues. Before joining HHS he was a Professional Staff Member with the United States Senate Committee on the Budget, where he was responsible for the income security function of the congressional budget. He has also worked at the state and county levels of government in California.
Since leaving government service, he has been in the professional services industry providing IT consultative services to state and local governments in health and human services programs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Claremont McKenna College and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Today, there is lots of talk about “health coverage” and “health care” after people get sick – but not enough about keeping people “healthy” up front. Today, agencies are just starting to scratch the surface on how to improve outcomes by preventing serious health issues in the first place – and they’re doing it by […]