CHRT is growing: Join us in welcoming new staff

November 8, 2019

Several new staff members have joined the Center for Health and Research Transformation. They bring expertise in pay for success financing, evaluating case management interventions for superutilizers, recovery-oriented communities, integrative approaches to health disparities, program evaluation and improvements, and more. Please join us in welcoming them to the team.

Ryan Bartholomew is an analyst at CHRT. He manages CHRT’s Health Policy Fellowship and provides analysis of issues and trends in health policy. Prior to joining CHRT, Ryan worked as a research intern for Michigan’s Children, an independent organization that works to promote public policies in the best interest of the children and families of Michigan. He has also worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, an Office of Presidential Correspondence intern in the White House, and as a political department intern at the Democratic National Committee. Ryan holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Matthew Hill is a program manager for the Center for Health and Research Transformation. He manages all Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Mental Health related programs that fall under the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI). In doing so, Matthew supports the WHI Opioid Project, a community based coalition that aims to help address the opioid epidemic locally, as well as the Washtenaw County SUD System Transformation Initiative. Prior to joining CHRT, Matthew managed the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project, a recovery community organization that worked to eliminate the stigma surrounding SUD, provide community education, and create a recovery oriented community in Washtenaw County. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Samantha Iovan is a senior analyst at CHRT and will be supporting the Washtenaw Health Initiative UNITE Group and Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment (MMOE) Group. Prior to joining CHRT, Samantha worked as a project manager in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. There, she oversaw health services research projects focused on addressing cardiac arrest outcomes in the state of Michigan and improving care coordination and patient-centered care. Before joining Michigan Medicine, Samantha managed multiple population health policy projects at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. She led data collection and analysis efforts to understand Pay for Success (PFS) financing models and interventions to address superutilizers of acute care. Samantha holds a master’s degree in public health from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan.

Myra M. Tetteh is a senior analyst at CHRT. She provides project management to the Vital Seniors Initiative, a convening of multiple organizations in Washtenaw County creating actionable solutions to problems faced by seniors and their caregivers. Prior to joining CHRT, Myra worked with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation where she developed program evaluation measures for grantees, wrote and reviewed requests for proposals, and revamped multiple award programs. She also worked as a program coordinator on the translation of physical science to urban community audiences at two federally-funded research centers, Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) and the Michigan Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities (CIAHD). In addition, Myra formerly served as the public health policy analyst at the Detroit Health Department where she coordinated multiple projects, including work on food systems and the built environment. Myra holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

John Tsirigotis is a healthcare analyst at CHRT.  He performs data analysis and conducts research regarding health care trends in Michigan and across the nation. Prior to joining CHRT, John worked as a survey specialist with Wolverine Pathways, a University of Michigan outreach program that serves middle school and high school students throughout Michigan that hope to attend the University. In this role, he created surveys that were used for data collection and analysis in evaluating the efficacy of the program. Before moving to Michigan to attend graduate school, John served as a middle school math teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana for three years. John holds a master’s degree in program evaluation and improvement research from the University of Michigan’s School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, with a minor in mathematics, from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.