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Richard Hodges, MPA

Director, Ohio Department of Health

Richard HodPhoto of ODH Director Richard Hodgesges was appointed by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to serve as the Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and joined ODH on Aug.11, 2014. Director Hodges, whose professional history includes work in healthcare administration, is joining together with ODH's executive team and staff, Ohio's 125 local health departments and public and private health partners across the state to improve the health and wellness of Ohio's 11.5 million residents.

Director Hodges has served in a range of management roles, including senior roles in healthcare organizations in Northwest Ohio. In his role as Director of the Coordinated Care Program for Community Hospitals of Williams County, he put in place innovative, cooperative programs that increased savings for consumers and healthcare providers by 25 percent. In addition, he implemented patient-centered care initiatives to improve data and decision-making and cut costs in the healthcare delivery process. While serving as Director of Planning and Marketing for Fulton County Health Center, he focused on strategic planning and improved access to care and customer service through an approach based on patient-centered care. As Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio, he helped manage a self-funded employee health plan for 3,500 covered lives in the construction industry as well as workplace safety and health programs.

Prior to joining ODH, Director Hodges served as Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. In that position, he successfully overhauled the turnpike's operations to reduce costs and led a new bonding effort to help improve the quality of Ohio's roads linking to the Turnpike statewide.  He also previously served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Builders Association and as Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Association of REALTORS® and MLS.

Director Hodges served as a state representative in the Ohio legislature from 1993 to 1999. During his time as a legislator, he represented 120,000 constituents and served on several committees, including the Health and Retirement Committee, which regularly dealt with healthcare issues impacting everyday Ohioans. He holds the distinction of being the youngest county treasurer ever elected in Ohio history. He won that honor when he was first elected as Fulton County treasurer in 1987.

Director Hodges earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Toledo. Prior to that, he graduated with honors from Oberlin University with a bachelor's degree in government.

Director Hodges currently resides in Hilliard with his wife and two sons. 

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