Community Solutions Awards for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala


Greg Moody, director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, will receive The Center for Community Solutions Awards for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala  for his efforts to modernize Ohio’s Medicaid program and to improve health care quality and outcomes in Ohio. The awards ceremony will take place at in Cleveland on the morning of Friday, October 20, 2017.

Moody has headed the Office of Health Transformation for Governor John R. Kasich since 2011 and has lead nearly every health and human service initiative Governor Kasich has pursued since taking office – including the expansion of Medicaid to well over 700,000 Ohioans who were previously uninsured. Moody began his public service as a budget associate for the U.S. House Budget Committee in Washington, D.C. The budget chairman at the time, Rep. John Kasich, asked him to study the impact of Medicaid on federal spending – an assignment that set the course for his public policy career.

Prior to joining the Kasich Administration, Moody was a senior consultant at Health Management Associates. His other Ohio experience includes serving as interim director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, executive assistant for health and human services for Governor Bob Taft, and chief of staff to the dean at the OSU College of Medicine.

“What is notable about Greg Moody is that he is laser-focused on advancing the health and human service goals of Governor John Kasich and, as a result, he has marshalled the full force of state government to accomplish them,” said John R. Corlett, president and executive director of The Center for Community Solutions (CCS).

According to Corlett, “This award was created to honor those who have shown a great commitment to public service, especially as it relates to improving health and human services in Ohio. Greg Moody has certainly done that by helping modernize the Medicaid program, expanding access to health care, improving quality, and rebalancing long-term care services in Ohio by expanding access to home and community care.”

This award is named after John A. Begala, Community Solutions’ former executive director and a three-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Begala dedicated his career to public service and the human service field, with leadership positions at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Greater Cincinnati Hospital Association, and the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Begala believes that, “stripped of all trappings, health and social services are fundamentally acts of love, and there are few better ways to make a living.” He retired in December, 2014.

The awards ceremony will take place in Cleveland on Friday, October 20, 2017, during the morning program of the annual Celebration of Human Services, which also includes a morning and luncheon address, concurrent sessions, and presentation of the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award to Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank and the MTV: Most Treasured Volunteer Awards to five Greater Clevelanders. Seating is limited; reservations are required.