UHCAN Ohio Announces New Executive Director, Steve Wagner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                CONTACT: Lorin Ranbom,
Friday, December 18th                                          614-774-3058

UHCAN Ohio’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that, after a national search, we have selected Steve Wagner, MPH, JD, as UHCAN Ohio’s new Executive Director. Wagner brings more than 25 years of public health experience, the majority with the Ohio Department of Health.

“The Board of UHCAN Ohio couldn’t be more pleased with the selection of Steve Wagner as Executive Director,” said Board Chair Lorin Ranbom. “Steve’s commitment to data-driven solutions to address health disparities, his understanding of the health care system, and his familiarity with decision makers in Ohio will help take UHCAN Ohio to a new level in our mission to achieve quality, affordable health care for all Ohioans.”

“It’s an honor to join UHCAN Ohio and lead the organization into the next era of health care reform with the consumer voice at the center,” said Wagner. “The Affordable Care Act was a great step in transforming the health care system, but there are still too many barriers to people getting the quality care they need. Ohio has some of the highest rates of health disparities. Health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles are still not affordable for many. Basic health needs like oral and behavioral health are not being met. The consumer voice must be at the center of solving healthcare issues; there’s nothing more personal and intrinsic to a person’s life than their health.”

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This webinar is targeted to school administrators, educators and health personnel, to substance misuse prevention and treatment specialists, and persons working with youth.

Click here to view a recording.

Click here for a copy of the powerpoint.

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