Health Policy Analyst

Sarah SlocumMs. Slocum joined Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) in the fall of 2016. At CECAI, Ms. Slocum strives to improve the quality of life and care for frail elders living with disability. Just prior, she served 13 years as Michigan’s State Long Term Care Ombudsman, leading advocacy for Michigan citizens living in long term care facilities.

She has led policy change efforts in the state Medicaid program, long term care regulations, the Certificate of Need program, and with the Michigan legislature. Ms. Slocum has testified on nursing home quality before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and has been a board member of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care as well as a board member of the National Association of State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs. 

Her work has included passage of the first elder abuse laws in Michigan and participating in the development of Michigan’s pilot project for Integrated Care for the Dually Eligible populations. She has been a leading member of the Michigan Olmstead Coalition.

From 2001 to 2003 she worked at Michigan AARP on long term care policy issues. From 1994 to 2001, she directed the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), Michigan’s federally-funded State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP). She led more than 300 volunteer counselors at 45 sites around the state providing Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance training and policy updates. Her MMAP experience followed work as an Assistant Ombudsman and as a VISTA volunteer working on eldercare issues.

Ms. Slocum has an MA in Bioethics from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.