Finley named OHA health improvement initiatives manager

Posted on: 5/16/18

Eric Finley has been named to the position of OHA health improvement initiatives manager. He will replace Joy Leuthard, who is retiring at the end of June.

The health improvement initiatives manager is responsible for the successful execution of a TSET grant that includes two initiatives. Hospitals Helping Patients Quit focuses on system change to implement tobacco cessation interventions and culture change in hospitals and physician practices. The second initiative, WorkHealthy Hospitals, works with hospitals to improve employee well-being and workplace culture.

Finley has been at OHA since 2013 as a tobacco cessation coordinator working with hospitals and physician practices. Before coming to OHA, he was a program officer for TSET’s community grants at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

He has a Master of Public Health degree and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma.

By partnering with hospitals, OHA has been successful in implementing positive changes that improve the health of patients and employees, said LaWanna Halstead, vice president of quality & clinical initiatives. “We are excited to have Eric leading the new three-year TSET grant that OHA recently received and are confident that he will continue and expand the great work that has been done.”

OHA’s health improvement initiatives are funded by a grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). 

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