Appel Honored as One of Crain’s Notable Women in Health

Posted on June 05, 2020

Laura Appel, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation OfficerLaura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the MHA, appears on the 2020 Notable Women in Health list compiled earlier this year by Crain’s Detroit Business. Appel is one of 41 Michigan women on the list, who were selected from nominations by Crain’s editors based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to their community and mentorship of others.

Since joining the MHA staff in 2000, Appel has focused on strategic priorities related to state and federal lobbying and healthcare policy analysis. In her current role, she focuses on healthcare policy, hospital finance, legislation and governance. At the federal level, she represents the interests of Michigan hospitals and health systems in both the legislative and regulatory arenas on key issues, including federal healthcare reform and Medicare. She is an expert in auto insurance and legislative policy and has a proven ability to influence legislation and healthcare policy through her understanding of the issues, educating influencers and policymakers, and introducing fresh ideas. Appel staffs the MHA Council on Behavioral Health Integration and leads the association’s behavioral health initiative to standardize guidance for care of emergency department patients in psychiatric distress. 

She serves on the board and executive committee of the Citizens Research Council and the board of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. She previously served on the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care in Washington, DC.

Appel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Additionally, she earned an MBA certificate in design and innovation from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, to further her interest in design as it relates to creating and improving organizational systems and healthcare delivery.

For more information, contact the MHA.


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