Debra Smyers

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Sunshine Health Plan

Debra Smyers has over twenty five years of experience as a health care administrator in a managed care environment with a strong focus on population management and quality improvement.  Ms. Smyers is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sunshine Health in Sunrise, Florida. Sunshine Health is a subsidiary of Centene Corporation.  She is responsible for the identification and implementation of innovative practices that will improve the health of members enrolled in Sunshine Health’s Medicaid, Child Welfare Specialty plan, Healthy Kids (CHIP) and Ambetter (marketplace) products.  She is the operational lead for innovative and strategic program development and implementation. In her role, she applies a data driven approach to the design of programs, addressing the unique needs of various populations which will have a positive impact on cost, quality, and member satisfaction.

Ms. Smyers has experience in the clinical and financial management of many different government-based insurance products.   Other experience includes developing clinical programs, population management, improving outcomes, and developing provider value based programs. 

Ms. Smyers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.