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October 10, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Health Care

2022 Power 25 Health Care: Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Jackson

As the president and CEO of the Connecticut Hospital Association since 2000, Jennifer D. Jackson has advocated for strong hospitals and health systems and has — since the global pandemic — worked with hospital members and state leaders to address the crisis head-on.

More recently, she’s helped her members respond to child and adolescent behavioral health issues coming out of the pandemic, as well as responding to how best to address the spread of monkeypox.

Jackson told the Hartford Business Journal that her goal in the next 12 months will be to take a more expansive look on all issues affecting health and health care.

“We will continue to be a strong voice for investments in the healthcare workforce and a regulatory landscape that allows hospitals and health systems to improve and expand their ability to deliver care,” she said.

Jackson has also worked to get hospitals and health systems extra state and federal funding in the wake of the pandemic, which forced healthcare providers early on to cancel elective surgeries — a key revenue driver.

In the year prior to the pandemic, Jackson oversaw the industry’s negotiating strategy in talks with the state that led to a $1.8-billion settlement over a hospital tax implemented by then-Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, as well as the end of a four-year legal battle that state leaders feared could cost Connecticut as much as $4 billion if it proceeded to trial.

Jackson, who lives in Madison, received a nursing degree from the University of Delaware; an MBA from the University of New Haven; and a law degree from the UConn School of Law.

Prior to becoming CEO, Jackson was CHA’s general counsel and a vice president.

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