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The Health Policy Institute of Ohio announces staff promotions

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has announced the promotion of four staff members.

Hailey Akah has been promoted to associate vice president; Carrie Almasi is now a senior health policy analyst and Stephen Listisen and Jacob Santiago were both promoted to health policy analyst.

“The committed, creative and talented staff of HPIO is integral to the effectiveness of the organization,” said HPIO President Amy Rohling McGee. “With a small, but outcome-oriented team of 10, we are able to pursue our mission to advance evidence-informed policies that improve health, achieve equity, and lead to sustainable healthcare spending in Ohio.”

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.

Almasi joined HPIO in 2020. Prior to joining HPIO, she was an Assistant Vice President at United Way of Central Ohio where she worked to create systemic solutions to poverty.  Listisen and Santiago joined HPIO as staff members in 2020, following internships with the organization.