Ryan, MSW, MPPA (he/him) is the Vice President of Responsive Philanthropy at Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). He joined the Foundation in 2002 and assisted in the establishment and growth of the Health Policy area at MFH before moving into his new role in January 2020. His work at the Foundation has included research and education on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Missouri's Medicaid program, and strategies to eliminate health inequities, including those that impact the LGBT community, and create lasting structural change. Throughout his time at MFH, he has worked closely with health advocates from across the state within the MFH Advocacy initiative. He also oversees the foundation's Medicaid Expansion initiative as well as Opportunity Fund which seeks to identify and support innovative ideas and approaches that provide systematic solutions for problems affecting the health and well-being of individuals and communities throughout Missouri. Prior to joining MFH, Ryan worked at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati focusing on program evaluation and grantmaking in the area of severe mental illness. Before entering the foundation world, Ryan was a clinical social worker with runaway and homeless youth at agencies in Cincinnati, Ohio and Portland, Oregon.Ryan obtained a Bachelor in Science from Xavier University, a Master in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL).

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