Directors

Tracy Greever-Rice, PhD, MS

Tracy Greever-Rice, PhD, MS

Director

Bio

Dr. Tracy Greever-Rice is the director of the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy (CHP). Tracy moved to CHP in 2018 from the MU Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, which she joined in 1999, and had served as director since 2011. Trained as rural sociologist, Tracy's work focuses on policy support research for Missouri communities in the areas of population health and the social determinants of health. She is currently the program director for Missouri KIDS COUNT and the principle investigator for the MU MoHealthNet Data project, the Missouri Health Care Workforce project, No Kid Hungry Missouri, a member of the Show Me ECHO evaluation team, and co-principle investigator on the Missouri Census Data Center. Tracy also serves on the board of Kids Win Missouri and is a member of the Rural Health Subcommittee of the Missouri MoHealthNet Oversight Committee.

greeverricet@health.missouri.edu

Dr. Karen Edison

Dr. Karen Edison

Senior Medical Director

Bio

edisonk@health.missouri.edu

Karen Edison, MD, is a strong advocate for patient-centered health care having cared for rural, underserved dermatology patients using telemedicine throughout Missouri since 1995. She served as RWJ Health Policy Fellow in the US Senate where she was instrumental in the legislative expansion of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine services. She has helped lead work with the State on telemedicine policy, Medicaid data analysis, and has led efforts funded by regional foundations to improve health equity and foster health literacy for all Missourians. She served as clinical lead for Missouri’s highly successful Regional Extension Center and she serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Health Connection, Missouri’s state-designated health information organization.

Her current titles include Professor Emerita of Dermatology, Senior Medical Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network & Show-Me ECHO, and Senior Medical Director of the Center for Health Policy (CHP) at the University of Missouri.

Staff

Nick Butler

Nick Butler

Project Director

Bio

butlern@health.missouri.edu

Nick Butler’s health care career spans 30 years covering a broad spectrum of experience and expertise in both the public and private sectors including academic, hospital, corporate, community, and volunteer settings. Early on as a nursing assistant in a neurosurgery unit at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Nick developed his understanding about the importance of communication and teamwork in direct patient care. Subsequently during his career, Nick has: analyzed media violence in the context of health and wellness and developed media literacy tools at the University of Colorado; entered graduate studies in organizational leadership and development to improve institutional and community health care management; analyzed health data in private sector jobs with health insurance companies with efforts on quality improvement; and shifted to the provider side and worked for University Physicians at MU to oversee aspects of reimbursement and revenue management through claims analysis. Additionally, the focus of his work at the University of Missouri’s Center for Health Policy has been in the development of community and regional networks around health equity. All of these experiences have culminated in an understanding of deep community engagement practices and methodologies to help build inclusive health coalitions in Missouri communities. In total, these experiences — representing perspectives from most sides of our health care system and a experiential understanding of grassroots organizing — create an approachable, holistic a view of health and wellness in our society.

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LaRita Emanuel, MBA

Business Support Specialist Sr.

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Candy Fincher

Office Support

Bio

fincherc@health.missouri.edu

Candy Fincher is the Office Support Staff III for the Center for Health Policy. In this position she provides administrative support to the various projects that the Center for Health Policy oversees. She brings twenty-four years of administrative support experience from various environments including health, mental health, education, and state government.

Laura Hambrecht

Laura Hambrecht

Western Missouri Program Manager

Bio

Laura Hambrecht is the No Kid Hungry Missouri Program Manager for Western Missouri. In this position, she works with state agencies, schools, private organizations, businesses and individuals to break down barriers and implement common sense solutions for expanding access to child nutrition programs.

Laura has worked as a social service provider and advocate for the families of her community for over ten years. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Central Missouri, Laura completed a term of service with AmeriCorps St. Louis. Subsequently, she joined a large child mentorship organization where her roles included managing relationships, family recruitment, and strengthening service delivery systems.

Laura also serves as the Board of Directors President for Kansas City Public Theatre.

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Jill Lucht, MS

Project Director

Bio

luchtj@health.missouri.edu

Jill Lucht is the MU Mo HealthNet Data Project Director at the Center for Health Policy. In this position, she partners with state and academic institutions to analyze Medicaid expenditures and trends in Missouri and nationwide. Through the Data Project, Missouri’s Medicaid claims data are available for research and evaluation projects on a wide variety of topics. To date, topics include Show Me ECHO, childhood asthma, breast and cervical cancer, melanoma, behavioral health services and pregnancy outcomes.

She also directs the Boone Indicators Dashboard Project, which utilizes data and creates indicators to help guide decisions by local policymakers and nonprofits in Columbia and Boone County, Missouri. As a Certified FaciliTrainer through NCCJ St. Louis, she provides facilitation and training for inclusion, equity and diversity as part of the Center for Health Policy team.

Ms. Lucht comes to CHP with a background in policy research related to agriculture and food security, as well as the impact of food policy on health. She received her Master's Degree in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Sociology and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin. In her spare time, Jill is part of the goat milking team at Goatsbeard Dairy.

Anne McEowen

Anne McEowen

Senior Research Project Analyst

Bio

Anne McEowen is a Senior Research Project Analyst at the Center for Health Policy.  Her work primarily is to connect research requestors with summarized information from Missouri Medicaid’s enrollment and claims data.  Prior to her employment with the University, Anne worked for Missouri’s Department of Social Services, MO Health Net Division for six years as a data analyst.  Anne is enthusiastic about using her knowledge of Medicaid data for the research projects with the University.

Jeremy Milarsky

Jeremy Milarsky

East Missouri Program Manager

Bio

Jeremy Milarsky has specialized in communications and nonprofit management for most of his career, focusing on data-driven, collaborative solutions to complex problems. In 2013, for example, he managed the largest federally funded outreach and assistance program under the Affordable Care Act in Missouri - helping children and families understand policies to make the best decisions for their health coverage. Largely related to these efforts, he was named Missouri's Health Advocate of the Year by the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance.

Advocating for children has always been a particular focus of Milarsky's career. His most recent position was that of policy director for the Missouri Coalition of Children's Agencies, a network of nonprofit organizations providing services to children in and outside of state care.

Milarsky enjoys long-distance running and cheering for the University of Missouri women's basketball team. He lives in Columbia with his wife and two children.