Welcome to the Office of Health Strategy website. Our mission is to implement comprehensive, data driven strategies that promote equal access to high quality health care, control costs and ensure better health for the people of Connecticut. We invite you to learn more about our work and to participate in our public meetings and work groups. We are dedicated to better health at lower costs for everyone in our state.
Connecticut needs clear vision to help the residents of our state secure the care they need in the complex and rapidly-changing world of health care delivery and payment. We need to make the best use of information and data from many sources so that we can find models that work and test them to make sure they support better health for our people and contain costs. And we need to break down barriers and transform the ways in which we work together so that government, health care providers, payers and consumers can drive the best ideas for Connecticut.
I am honored to work with a creative and talented team of people in OHS, colleagues in state government, stakeholders from all sectors, health care consumers, and elected officials to transform and improve our health care systems so that we can all enjoy better health. That is the goal we pursue every day.
I hope you find helpful information on this website. We'd love to hear from you with ideas, questions and information. Please attend our public meetings, sign up for our emails, and feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM
About the Executive Director
Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Office of Health Strategy, appointed to serve as the first head of this agency in February 2018.
From 2016 to 2018, she was the Chief Health Policy Advisor in the Office of Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, coordinating the state’s health reform initiatives, including the State Innovation Model Initiative, the Healthcare Cabinet and other initiatives. She acted as the Lt. Governor’s liaison on healthcare issues with state agencies, community organizations and the private sector. She is a member of the Board of Directors on the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange (d/b/a Access Health CT), and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Partners for Health. Ms. Veltri has extensive legal experience in health care advocacy and in legislative policy and she lectures frequently at colleges, universities and conferences on health reform and Connecticut healthcare initiatives.
Prior to joining Lt. Governor Wyman’s staff, Ms. Veltri was the state's Healthcare Advocate in the Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA). She oversaw OHA in its mission to: assist health insurance consumers with managed care plan selection; educate consumers about their health care rights; directly assist health insurance consumers with filings of complaints and appeals, and; pursue systemic healthcare advocacy.
During her tenure at OHA, Ms. Veltri expanded the state’s capacity for planning and innovation:
- Successfully applied for four Affordable Care Act federal consumer assistance grants yielding $1.37 million
- Directed CT’s State Innovation Model Initiative (SIM) $2.8 Million Model Design Grant and chaired the SIM Equity and Access Council
- Secured $190,000 in grant funds from the Connecticut Health Foundation, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, the Foundation for Community Health and the Donaghue Foundation to support the Healthcare Cabinet’s 2016 year-long study and corresponding report on recommendations to the legislature on cost containment in January 2017
Earlier in her career, Ms. Veltri was a staff attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. (GHLA), where she engaged in GHLA’s systemic health-related advocacy, and helped to lead statewide collaborative efforts to preserve and improve Medicaid, State-Administered General Assistance and other benefit programs.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Ms. Veltri also holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Western New England College School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law.
Victoria Veltri confirmation hearing testimony to the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee on February 7, 2019 can be read here.