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Two people with experience in the local health care and social service fields recently joined Interact for Health's Board of Directors.
Dr. Uma Raman Kotagal is a Senior Fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati. A neonatologist and health services researcher by training, Dr. Kotagal has focused much of her professional efforts on improving the health of children living in poverty by creating cross-sector partnerships between health and education. Dr. Kotagal holds a master's degree in epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. She was recently honored as a Great Living Cincinnatian by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Her experience in children's health will help guide Interact for Health's work in school-based health care.
Bryan Wright is the Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass. In this role, he advocates for social and economic inclusion; connects individuals and organizations to resources and to each other; and celebrates the cultural and economic contributions of immigrants and refugees in the Cincinnati region. He previously served on the Mayor's Task Force on Immigration as part of the Education & Talent Retention Subcommittee and later with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's working group to help launch Cincinnati Compass. Wright holds a master's degree in international studies from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Cincinnati. His experience with diverse populations will help with Interact for Health's efforts to improve health equity in Greater Cincinnati.
"Uma and Bryan will bring vast knowledge and insight to our Board of Directors," said O'dell Moreno Owens, M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO of Interact for Health. "The expertise they bring will help us continue to address tobacco use and the opioid epidemic and ensure that children have access to services at school-based health centers while navigating the changing health landscape brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing health disparities in our region."
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