President & CEO
Sara Schmitt took over as President and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute in June 2023, after serving as interim since July 2022 and holding progressive leadership roles with the organization over the past decade. She oversees overall strategy and operations of the $6 million consultancy and directs the work of approximately 30 directors, program managers, and analysts.
In her role as Managing Director of Research, Evaluation, and Consulting, Sara supported the development and execution of all the work we do at CHI. She provided strategic support and facilitation for the Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH), a multisector collaboration to advance health in the metro Denver area. She also led CHI’s work on the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS), a network of health and public health partners working together to use electronic health record data to support public health monitoring and evaluation. She facilitated CHORDS governance activities and oversaw network development and expansion.
In 2021, Sara led CHI's work with the Office of eHealth Innovation and the eHealth Commission to update the Colorado Health Information Technology (IT) Roadmap.
Before joining CHI, Sara was a policy analyst at the Colorado Rural Health Center, the state office of rural health, and recruited physicians and other medical professionals for clinics and hospitals in Colorado’s rural and underserved regions. She spent several years in managed care and program development at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She also has worked in policy advocacy and provided supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Sara earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a master’s degree in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago.
- Colorado Health IT Roadmap
- The Value of Partnership: How Colorado's Co-Responder Programs Enhance Access to Behavioral Health Care
- Telemedicine research
- Metro Denver Partnership for Health COVID-19 Resources
- Colorado Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Needs Assessment
Skills: Facilitation and convening, evaluation, data and information governance, needs assessment.
- Multisector collaboration
- Public health and prevention
- Health information technology