HPIO Staff

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 since 2010. With her leadership, HPIO has developed a reputation as a trusted source of data and evidence-informed policy analysis. McGee has more than 20 years of experience in management, government relations, policy development, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, coalition building and communication.

Her prior public-sector experience includes work in the executive branch of state government, focused on policy issues such as mental health, 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.

McGee earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from the Ohio State University.

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 began his career in community journalism, working as a reporter, editor and page designer at newspapers in the Boston, Chicago and Louisville metro areas. 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.

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. She leads work on issues such as health equity, population health and the social drivers of health. She has expertise in policy areas including child and family health, health disparities and inequities, older adult health and COVID-19.

Prior to joining HPIO in 2020, Carrie was Assistant Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Central Ohio. She also previously led central Ohio’s free tax preparation coalition and served two terms as an AmeriCorps member.

Carrie 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 Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Carroll plays a key role in researching and analyzing health policy issues surrounding children. She was the primary author on HPIO’s Connections between Education and Health policy brief series.

In 2022, Carroll’s main areas of focus have been HPIO’s work on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and leading the development of Ohio’s 2023-2027 State Oral Health Plan under contract with Oral Health Ohio.

Prior to joining HPIO, Carroll worked in both Ohio’s legislative and executive branches of government. 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. 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 La Flair
Director of Data Management and Analysis

Lareina La Flair, MPH, PhD. 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, particularly among youth, rural, and military populations.

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 emergency department visits. She has extensive training in population health research methods, including study design, measurement and data analysis.

Dr. La Flair holds a PhD. 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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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, mental health and substance use, ACEs, maternal and infant health, and the social drivers of health, with a focus on housing and the physical environment. 

Since joining HPIO in 2020, Santiago has assisted with and helped lead projects such as the Healthy Beginnings at Home evaluation, the Addiction Evidence Project, the Ohio ACEs Impact Project and contracted work with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He also manages HPIO’s legislative outreach and assists with HPIO’s internal evaluation.

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

 


Fall 2022 intern

  • Jillian Newman is pursuing a Master of Public Administration in public policy and management with an interdisciplinary specialty in global health from Ohio State University. She completed a BA in world politics and anthropology with a minor in public policy from OSU.

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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