Hyesung “Hace” Oh discovered his passion for public health as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Korea while researching the sociocultural mechanisms of suicide. He realized that factors affecting the health of individuals were not limited to the biological symptoms presented by patients in an exam room. Rather, these factors also touched the realms of culture, society, and government. After this lifechanging research experience, Hace then moved to the west side of Chicago in 2012 to work as a medical operations assistant to the CMO at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC), a large Federally Qualified Health Center. Hace saw firsthand the power of health policy, as the upcoming 2014 ACA provisions and Illinois Medicaid expansion efforts drove LCHC to hire fulltime staff tasked to explain the eligibility requirements for Medicaid to their uninsured patients. After witnessing many patients receive health insurance coverage for the first time in their lives, Hace knew then that he would dedicate his life to the improvement and development of sensible cost-effective health policy solutions for the United States.
Hace is now a Senior Health Economist at the MITRE Corporation, which operates the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (CAMH), a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center for health policy reform. Hace holds an MPH (Bloomberg School of Public Health) and an MBA (Carey Business School) from the Johns Hopkins University, as well as graduate certificates in Public Health Economics and Financial Management from the same university.