About Jess Holmes, MSW, PMP
As Principal Strategist at the IHN, Jess builds and facilitates unconventional collaborative partnerships that innovate to solve problems in the health system. These solutions include implementing creative retention strategies to stabilize the health safety net workforce, enhancing systemic approaches to make the most of care transitions for medically underserved populations, aligning infrastructure between the health and social service sectors, and inviting experts with lived experience to co-design policy change.
Jess co-chairs the HEAL Partnership and the Missouri CHW Sustainability Collaborative, which both focus on scaling and sustaining the Community Health Worker workforce in St. Louis and across Missouri. She serves as a member of the Visionary Leadership Team for United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Community Information Exchange to create an integrated data sharing platform to connect information between health and social service organizations. She participates as a member of BioSTL’s Community of Health Innovation Leaders – an advisory body that aims to recruit high-growth health companies to set up U.S. headquarters in St. Louis.
Jess received a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis as a Bettie Schroth Johnson Scholar for outstanding women in management. In 2019, she completed the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program, a distinguished management program for health care leaders.
Jess began her career in Indiana serving families as a Case Manager for a community mental health center. In that role, she learned that families’ well-being is best achieved when the systems around them align to support their goals. Jess believes that form follow function, and margin grows by following mission.