Sherie Lou Santos, MPH, MCHES
Chief of Policy and Government Affairs

Background & Bio

Sherie Lou Santos, MPH, MCHES has long-held a strong passion for advocating for sound health policies – especially those that protect, promote, and advance maternal and child health – and has a breadth of professional experience in both public health and health policy. Prior to joining AMCHP, she was the Legislative Director & Health Policy Director for Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), the Chairwoman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. She led and managed Rep. DeGette’s very robust healthcare portfolio, including serving as staff lead for the Congresswoman’s roles as Co-Chair of both the Diabetes Caucus and the Pro-Choice Caucus, in addition to overseeing the entire legislative program and managing the House Floor for the Congresswoman. She was also previously the American Public Health Association Congressional Policy Fellow for Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), then Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Ms. Santos is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and earned her dual MPH at Loma Linda University with concentrations in maternal and child health and health promotion and education. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University with minors in biology and sociocultural anthropology.

My Current Work

Ms. Santos is the Chief of Policy and Government Affairs. In this role, she leads the Policy Team, which includes the Government Affairs and Health Systems Transformation Teams, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. She is accountable for the development and implementation of AMCHP’s public policy and government affairs strategies and advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) in the U.S. by working on initiatives that support AMCHP’s legislative agenda and align with AMCHP’s strategic map. She leads on appropriations advocacy – including advocating for the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, represents AMCHP in various policy coalitions, and influences the alignment of resources at the federal and state levels to improve support for MCH.

Ask Me About

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