Director of Health Care Innovation
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Department of Human Services
Division of Medical Services
700 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-8059
Dawn Zekis, MPS, has served as the director of health care innovation for the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Medical Services since April 2012. She began her career at DHS in 2006 as a policy and planning fellow. In her current role, Ms. Zekis is responsible for directing the operations and activities to redesign the Medicaid payment and service delivery systems by working with multi-payers, staff, and contractors to design and deliver episodes of care for acute conditions; implement new models of population-based health for chronic conditions; develop and coordinate infrastructure requirements; and facilitate stakeholder, provider, and patient engagement through the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII). Ms. Zekis has previously worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Delta Bridge Project, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA* (Volunteers in Service to America). Ms. Zekis has a bachelor’s degree in biology and social Work from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and she is currently completing the doctor of public health program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.