Kathleen Gmeiner is a Project Director at UHCAN Ohio. She staffs the Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage (OCHC) coalition and the Somebody Finally Asked Me! campaign. Kathleen specializes in insurance, Affordable Care Act (ACA) policy issues, and the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach to preventing risky substance use by adolescents. She has nurtured the OCHC coalition through the passage, education, implementation of the ACA. Kathleen has moved policy issues pertinent to SBIRT and has introduced SBIRT to Ohio schools in Southern, Southwestern and Central Ohio.
Prior to coming to UHCAN Ohio in 2008, Kathleen was a health consultant and grant-writer for UHCAN Ohio and several other organizations, including federally qualified health centers. For three years she directed a county-wide effort to reform the delivery of healthcare in St. Clair County, Michigan. She was the “health lawyer” at Michigan Legal Services for 9 years.
Kathleen served as a consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 2012 through 2015.
Kathleen holds a Masters degree in Health Services Administration from the
University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati.
Kathleen likes getting off the highway and experiencing Ohio’s small towns.