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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.

Get to know Amy in our December 2021 Employee Spotlight!

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

 


Amy Bush Stevens
Vice President

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 July 2021 Employee Spotlight!

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Hailey Akah
Associate Vice President

Hailey Akah is an Associate Vice President at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Akah leads work on population health, social drivers of health and health equity. She also manages the HPIO internship program and assists with the Institute’s in-house legal work.

Akah has been with HPIO since 2015. In that time, she has developed expertise in several policy areas, including mental health and addiction, criminal justice, employment and aging. She has taken lead roles in developing Ohio’s State Health Improvement Plan, Strategic Action Plan on Aging, Minority Health Strikeforce Blueprint and HPIO’s Addiction Evidence Project.

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

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

 

 


 

Carrie Almasi
Senior Health Policy Analyst

Carrie Almasi is a Senior 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

 

 


Becky Carroll
Senior Health Policy Analyst

Becky Carroll is a Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Carroll analyzes key health policy issues such as population health, prevention, healthcare access and quality, social determinants of health, health equity and value-based payment.

Prior to joining HPIO, Carroll was employed at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, first as a healthcare policy analyst and later as the manager of the medical reimbursement and coding policy unit. She also worked for a health policy consulting firm in Washington, DC and served as a Legislative Service Commission intern in the Ohio Senate in 2009.

Carroll holds a master’s of public administration from the Ohio State University and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and mathematics from Bowling Green State University.

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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 and Communications at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. She oversees the organization and planning of all HPIO forums and educational events .

Prior to joining HPIO, 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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Dr. Lareina LaFlair
Director of Data Management and Analysis

Lareina La Flair, M.P.H., Ph.D. is the Director of Data Management and Analysis at The Health Policy Institute of Ohio. She is a mental health and substance use researcher focused on understanding and preventing suicide-related outcomes, injuries, and drug overdoses.

Prior to joining HPIO, Dr. La Flair served as a behavioral health epidemiologist in Washington state, where she analyzed healthcare encounter data to track trends in nonfatal overdoses, suspected suicide attempts, mental health conditions, firearm and other injuries. She has extensive training in population health research methods, including study design, measurement, analysis of survey and administrative data, and impact evaluation using quasi-experimental methods.  She has long-standing research interests in mental health among youth, rural, and military populations.

Dr. La Flair holds a Ph.D., in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health degree in maternal and child health from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology from Miami University.

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Stephen Listisen
Health Policy Analyst

Stephen Listisen is a 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


 

Édith Nkenganyi 
Health Policy Analyst

Édith Nkenganyi is a Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO). Prior to joining HPIO, Édith was a Special Project and Policy Liaison at the Ohio Department of Education where she helped spearhead the RemotEDx initiative, which cuts across multiple k-12 education partners, to increase student access to remote and hybrid education. She also worked closely with the Cleveland Browns Foundation, Proving Ground at Harvard University and Attendance Work to address chronic absenteeism and provide whole child support through the Stay in the Game Network. Édith began her career in government as a Legislative Service Commission Fellow and later served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate.

Édith holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and African-American History from the University of Cincinnati.

Email Édith or connect on LinkedIn at Édith Nkenganyi 

 


Jacob Santiago
Health Policy Analyst

Jacob Santiago is a Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Santiago analyzes key health policy issues, including health equity and addiction disparities, mental health and substance use, ACEs, and the social determinants of health, with a focus on housing and the physical environment. He also assists with HPIO’s internal evaluation process.

Santiago holds a Master of Social Work, with a concentration in community and social justice, 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

 


Summer 2022 interns

  • Kayla Alvis is a PhD candidate in rural sociology at Ohio State University. She completed a Master’s of Science in behavior analysis and therapy at Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s of Art in psychology at the University of Mississippi.
  • Kate Moralde is  pursing a Master’s of Public Health degree at Ohio State University, specializing in health behavior and health promotion with a track focus in policy. She completed her Bachelor’s of Health Science with a minor in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness at Ohio State.
  • Caroline Wu is a high school student with the John Glenn High School Internship Program at The Ohio State 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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