Joy R. Tapper, MPA
Joy Tapper currently serves as the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, a public/private consortium dedicated to improving health care for underserved populations in Milwaukee County. Under Joy’s leadership, the Partnership has developed into an effective, respected, nationally recognized and sustainable organization that has mobilized member resources and secured over $14 million in new public and private funding to expand coverage, improve access and enhance care coordination across the community. Specifically the Partnership has facilitated the expansion of public and private funding for the Federally Qualified Health Centers, improved access to primary and specialty care, medications, and behavioral health services and assisted with the enrollment of over 70,000 Milwaukee County residents in Medicaid and other public programs.
Prior to the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, Joy served for over 20 years in various leadership roles with the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare System; most recently as Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer from 2001-2006. During that time she provided executive leadership, strategic direction and support to a health system, seven acute care hospitals and continuing care organizations, six clinical services lines and the full scope of health system administrative and support services.
Joy received her dual undergraduate degrees in Family Studies and Religion from St. Olaf College, and her Masters in Public Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis in Health and Human Services Policy, Planning and Management.