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Health Policy Institute of Ohio Staff


 

Amy Rohling McGee
President

Amy Rohling McGee has served as the president of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO), a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit organization that provides information and analysis to state policymakers and others, since 2010. She is a passionate leader, dedicated to improved population health, sustainable healthcare spending and equitable outcomes. She has more than 20 years of experience in management, government relations, policy development, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, coalition building, communication and quality improvement.

Her prior public sector experience includes work in the executive branch of state government, focused on policy related to issues such as health insurance, health system improvement and Medicaid; and service in the state legislature as a Legislative Service Commission intern in the mid-1990s. Private sector experience includes five years as the executive director of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, representing health clinics that served the uninsured, primarily through volunteers.

McGee earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from the Ohio State University. From 2005-2007 and from 2014-2021, she served on the Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Council; from 2019-2021 she served as the chair of the council. McGee was a board member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes from 2017-2021. In 2004, McGee received Columbus Business First’s “Forty Under Forty” award and the Ohio State University Alumni Association William Oxley Thompson award.

 

E-mail Amy Rohling McGee or connect with Amy on Twitter: @amyrmcgee


Reem Aly
Vice President of Policy

Reem Aly is a Vice President at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO). Ms. Aly also serves as HPIO’s in-house legal counsel. Since joining HPIO in 2011, Ms. Aly leads efforts to provide Ohio policymakers and health stakeholders with high quality, objective information that is relevant to their policy decisions, with a particular focus on health equity, maternal and child health and the intersections of the healthcare system and population health. Ms. Aly co-leads development of HPIO’s Health Value Dashboard, a tool to track Ohio’s progress towards health value. Ms. Aly is also an adjunct faculty member at Ohio State University’s College of Public Health.

Prior to joining HPIO, Ms. Aly worked as a consultant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and also worked at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and Bricker & Eckler LLC. Ms. Aly holds a law degree and master’s of health administration, as well as a bachelor’s of science in psychology and a bachelor’s of arts in international relations from the Ohio State University. Aly was named one of six inaugural recipients of AcademyHealth’s 2013 Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy.

 

E-mail Reem Aly or connect with Reem on Twitter: @ReemAlyHPIO


Amy Bush Stevens
Vice President of Policy

Amy Bush Stevens is a Vice President at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Stevens leads work on population health and also serves as HPIO’s evaluation coordinator.

Prior to joining HPIO, Stevens served as the Program Evaluator at the Community Mental Health and Recovery Board of Licking and Knox counties and as a program evaluation trainer and coach with local prevention coalitions through the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. As an independent consultant, Stevens partnered with numerous public health organizations and prevention coalitions in rural Ohio to conduct community assessments, strategic planning and program evaluation.

Stevens began her research and evaluation career at Wilder Research Center in Minnesota, and at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She holds master’s degrees in public health and social work from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Kenyon College.

 

E-mail Amy Bush Stevens  or connect with Amy on Twitter: @AmyStevensHPIO


Nick Wiselogel
Vice President of Strategic Communications

Nick Wiselogel is the Vice President, Strategic Communications, for The Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Wiselogel oversees all HPIO communications efforts, including media relations, layout and design, social media and website management.

Prior to joining HPIO in 2008, Wiselogel was the Communications Specialist for Health Care Excel, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Kentucky and Indiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in journalism and new media from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Get to know Nick in our employee spotlight! (updated July 2021)

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Hailey Akah
Senior Health Policy Analyst

Hailey Akah is a Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Akah analyzes key health policy issues such as population health, prevention, healthcare access and quality, social determinants of health, health equity and value-based payment. She also assists with HPIO’s in-house legal work and internal evaluation efforts.

Akah holds a law degree and a master’s in public policy from the Ohio State University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

 

E-mail Hailey Akah or connect with Hailey on Twitter: @HaileyAkahHPIO

 

 


Carrie Almasi
Health Policy Analyst

Carrie Almasi is a Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Prior to joining HPIO in 2020, Ms. Almasi was an Assistant Vice President at United Way of Central Ohio where she worked to create systemic solutions to poverty. She also led central Ohio’s free tax preparation coalition and served two terms as an AmeriCorps member.

Ms. Almasi holds a master of public administration from Ohio State University and a bachelor of arts in international studies from Miami University.

 

E-mail Carrie Almasi or connect with Carrie on Twitter: @CarrieHPIO

 

 


Dr. Alexandra Chirakos
Health Policy Analyst

Lexi Chirakos, PhD., is a Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Prior to joining HPIO in 2021, Lexi was a Legislative Services Commission Fellow in the Senate Democratic Caucus, and Co-President of the Science Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Lexi is passionate about using evidence and data to inform the policy-making process.

Lexi graduated in 2015 from The Ohio State University with a bachelors of science in microbiology, and a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 2020. Her thesis work focused on tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections.

 

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Alana Clark-Kirk
Education and Communications Manager

Alana Clark-Kirk is the Manager of Education at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. She oversees the organization and planning of all HPIO forums and educational events for the Institute.

Prior to joining HPIO in August 2017, Alana served as the Associate Director of Workforce Initiatives at the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. She served two years as a national service member and holds a bachelor’s of arts from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

 

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Neva Hornbeck
Office Manager/Accountant

Neva Hornbeck is the Office Manager/Accountant at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Before joining HPIO in 2011, she contracted her accounting services for several small businesses and non-profits. For the first 20 years of her career, she was an auditor for BP Oil.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron.

 

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Stephen Listisen
Assistant Health Policy Analyst

Stephen Listisen is an Assistant Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Listisen analyzes key health policy issues such as health equity, Medicaid, aging, the connections between criminal justice and health, and social drivers of health with a focus on social isolation.

Listisen holds a master’s of public administration degree and bachelor’s of arts degree in public management, leadership, and policy with a focus on social policy from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

 

Email Stephen Listisen or connect with Stephen on Twitter: @StephenHPIO


Jacob Santiago
Assistant Health Policy Analyst

Jacob Santiago is an Assistant Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Santiago analyzes key health policy issues such as population health, health equity, prevention. healthcare access and quality, and social determinants of health, with a focus on housing.

Santiago holds a master’s degree in social work degree from the Ohio State University and a bachelor of arts in social work from Wright State University.

 

Email Jacob Santiago or connect with Jacob on Twitter: @JSantiagoHPIO

 


Fall 2021 interns

  • Leticia Nketiah, is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s in public policy, management, and leadership with a minor in global public health from The Ohio State University.
  • Bekah Sutter, is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology and a certificate in global health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Otterbein University.

Interested in interning at HPIO?

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) offers internship opportunities to students who are interested in learning more about health policy and want to gain practical experience in the workplace. Click here for more details.


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