The following is a version of testimony presented to the Columbus City Council Health and Human Services Committee on Nov. 11, 2022.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Jacob James Rich, and I am a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Value-Based Care Research pursuing my Ph.D. at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I am also a health care policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit policy research organization. I write academic research on how to reduce tobacco use and was recently awarded Case Western’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)