Michelle Jester, MA, PMP
America’s Health Insurance Plans
Michelle Jester is the Executive Director of Social Determinants of Health at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). At AHIP, she leads the organization’s work on social determinants of health and health equity, focusing on: scaling and sustaining social determinant of health interventions, improving sociodemographic data collection, fostering equitable collaboration models with community partners, centering equity into benefit design and network contracts, and developing policy solutions to advance this work. Prior to joining AHIP, she worked at the National Association of Community Health Centers for nine years in the Public Policy and Research Division where she helped to develop the PRAPARE Social Determinants of Health Tool—one of the most widely used SDOH tools. She spent years helping a wide variety of health care organizations building capacity to collect and use SDOH data to improve care delivery, inform policy, and accelerate community change. She received her Masters degree from The Australian National University in Culture, Health and Medicine and her Bachelors degree in East Asian Studies from Davidson College.