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Dan Skinner

Host, Prognosis Ohio, Podcast

Dr. Dan Skinner is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner teaches and researches about, as well as advocates for increased access to health care, especially for underserved populations, as well as various aspects of social determinants that affect the health of communities, in Ohio and beyond.

He is co-editor Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio (Ohio State University Press, 2019), author of Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2019), and has published more than two dozen academic articles in health policy and politics, medical education, and political theory.

In addition, Skinner is co-director of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (link: and director of Ohio University’s Comparative Health Systems--Cuba program, which affords him an opportunity to travel to Cuba with Ohio University students to learn about Cuba’s health care system (link:

  • On episode 139 of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Emily Campbell, who was recently named President and CEO of the Center for Community Solutions after 16 years with the organization.
  • Smoking not only remains the #1 cause of death in Cleveland, but is a function of years of inequitable and racist policy, with devastating consequences for communities of color. Dan talks with Dr. David Margolius, Director of Public Health for the City of Cleveland, about efforts to get Cleveland’s horrendous smoking rates under control, especially by addressing flavored tobacco.
  • Rick Neal is a well-known progressive advocate in Central Ohio, but his political conscience has long been driven by his passion for and professional experience in humanitarian relief, especially in Asia and Africa. On Episode 137, taking a few weeks off from challenges here in Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Rick about his experience as a humanitarian relief worker with Peace Corps, Oxfam, and Refugees International.
  • What was “Vax Cash” and what did Central Ohio learn from it? On episode 136, the latest installation of Prognosis Ohio's collaboration with the Ohio Journal of Public Health, Dan Skinner talks with Dr. Ayaz Hyder of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health and Gavin French of Columbus Public Health about their article, “Real-time Monitoring and Evaluation of the Vax Cash Program: A Case Study from Columbus, Ohio.”
  • Just two weeks from November 7, the last date Ohioans can vote on Issue 1, a ballot initiative that will enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio constitution, Dan Skinner talks with Marcela Azevedo, MD, Co-Founder of Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights (OPRR) about the state of the “Yes on Issue 1” movement. Topics include whether OPRR and issue 1 supporters have been able to cut through the noise and misinformation that have clouded voters’ understanding of what Issue 1 will do; the health stakes of Issue 1, including what we learned from the 82 days after Dobbs when abortion was illegal in Ohio; the significance of physician leadership on the issue of reproductive freedom; and more.
  • Despite the immense loss and often nasty politics that set in a few months into Ohio’s pandemic response, former Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton insists that there was far more love than hate in those early months. Despite the challenges we face, she wants Ohioans to reflect on how much they accomplished together and think about what the means for the state moving forward.
  • On episode 133 of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with Washington Post reporters Lauren Weber and Dan Diamond about their must-read reporting on life expectancy in Ohio.
  • On episode 132, Dan talks with John Corlett of the Center for Community Solutions about the need for a human service chamber in Northeast Ohio, the state of poverty in Ohio, and the political consensus that has emerged around Medicaid.
  • Dan Skinner talks with innovative leaders at Yuvo Health and My Community Health Center in Canton, Ohio, about the future of value-based healthcare in Ohio’s community health centers.
  • Dan Skinner talks with Dr. Danielle Bessett of the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network and Morgan Mitchell of the Abortion Fund of Ohio about the state of changing abortion access in Ohio, and especially medication abortion.