Captain Wanda Finch, MSW, MSE, Deputy Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CAPT Wanda Finch is a Health Services Officer of the US Public Health Service assigned as Deputy Director at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health. Prior to CMS, she served as Senior Public Health Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Consumer Affairs in the Center for Mental Health Services. As the Project Coordinator for Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Strategy, she led a national initiative designed to promote the adoption of policies and practices to facilitate treatment and recovery support services at state and community levels. She was responsible for implementation of technical assistance, training, and administrative oversight to service system authorities. She also managed programs aimed to increase access to evidence-based treatment and service options for trauma focused service systems for children, youth, and families, and provide integrated health care in health care settings for people living with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
CAPT Finch also worked at the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. During her tenure there, she served as Program Manager for Suicide Prevention and Family and Community Resilience efforts. As Chief for the Psychological Health Advocacy Division in the Psychological Health Promotion Directorate, she was responsible for strategic planning and coordination of initiatives to increase access to care, focus on psychological health determinants of care, increase mental health literacy and empower Department of Defense beneficiaries in care.
CAPT Finch received a Master of Social Work from Howard University, a Master’s of Counselor Education – Rehabilitation from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Jackson State University. She has over 27 years of professional social work experience serving adults and youth living with mental and substance use disorders, military families, child welfare, and underserved populations