Systems Transformation Blog

Maria Courogen is the Systems Transformation Director at the Washington State Department of Health. The Systems Transformation team members serve as connectors, working to elevate and align agency efforts with governmental public health, and other health and wellness system partners. The team helps facilitate collaborative engagement strategies, and leverage information and opportunities to advance transformation efforts systemwide. The Healthier Washington Collaboration Portal is one of the resources managed through the Systems Transformation Office.


  • May 18, 2021

    This week, the Governor signed a state budget that makes significant investments in the governmental public health system.

    This system, and public health generally, has long been underfunded, resulting in gaps in the ability to equitably protect and improve the… more

  • May 3, 2021

    COVID-19 has presented us with many challenges. It has also presented the state Department of Health and its partners with opportunities to think about how to build systems now that will serve us in the future, post-pandemic. We have numerous examples of how we are taking the long view… more