Research Affiliates

A Home for Health Policy Scholars

At the Center for HOPES, we take an expansive view of health policy built around the premise that policies – whether pertaining to education, housing, policing, zoning, agriculture, environmental management, or health care – are determinants of health. We therefore view health policy scholarship as inclusive of research that is concerned with the consequences of any collective action or structure on human health and well-being.

The goal of the Center for HOPES Health Policy Research Affiliate Program is to connect members of the university’s research community who share an interest in and commitment to evidence-based health policy, and thus serve as a multi-disciplinary home for health policy scholars at Ohio State.

Affiliates have the opportunity to:

  • Build trans-disciplinary relationships with scholars across the university
  • Contribute research-based commentary pieces to the Center for HOPES blog
  • Help shape the health policy scholar community at Ohio State and beyond
  • Help shape the Center’s health policy initiatives to build, support, and promote that community


Becoming an Affiliate

Given our expansive view of health policy, we are interested in working with researchers from across the university who study the effects of various social, legal, and organizational structures on health, particularly health equity and social justice.

If you are interested in how public, private, or social decisions and phenomena affect human health, you have a contribution to make to health policy scholarship at The Ohio State University.

To submit a request to affiliate, complete this survey. Our executive committee typically reviews Affiliate requests once per semester, including once during the summer. The director of our Affiliate program will contact you after committee review. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter @CenterforHOPES for regular updates and Center activities.


Health Policy Research Affiliates (profiles coming soon)

Our affiliates have diverse interests and backgrounds, contributing to our interdisciplinary approach to addressing pressing health policy challenges.

Jennifer Beard (College of Public Health)

Micah Berman (Moritz College of Law, College of Public Health)

Ashley Felix (College of Public Health)

Rob Greenbaum (John Glenn College of Public Affairs)

Ayaz Hyder (College of Public Health)

Lauren Jones (College of Education & Human Ecology, Glenn College)

Laura Justice (Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, College of Education & Human Ecology)

Carol Smathers (College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences)