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With big picture perspective and attention to detail, Wilkister Tangazi applies her research and analytic skills to support HMA client projects nationwide. Wilkister is an epidemiological researcher with expertise in the social, behavioral and environmental determinants of population health. She is trained in traditional and new methods of study design, data collection, statistical analysis, data interpretation and technical report writing.
Wilkister is skilled in market surveying. She recently led development and analysis of a statewide survey to define hospital industry perspectives and priorities related to the state’s behavioral health system with the findings being used to reshape policy and funding.
Wilkister provides project management support for HMA teams, ensuring inclusive interaction among all members, monitoring budgets, and tracking progress toward milestones. She also drafts Medicaid waiver applications for states and coordinates response to requests for proposals for health plans and providers.
As a graduate research assistant for the Veteran Affairs Rural Health Resource Center in Iowa, Wilkister developed study protocols and conducted statistical analyses for several projects examining the barriers to healthcare access among rural veterans. She supported new patient recruitment and enrollment. She also developed and coordinated distribution of two new community resource guides, educating rural veterans about their benefits under health reform and how to access services.
Wilkister holds a master’s degree in epidemiology and a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from the University of Iowa. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health administration at Ohio State University.
Wilkister makes it a priority to travel and experience the world at least once each year. Selected by the National Institutes of Health as a fellow for the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program, she learned British sign language and worked with hearing impaired second graders. On another trip, she volunteered in the labor and delivery unit of a local health center in the small West African country of Gambia for 10 weeks. Her adventures are inspiring!