Who We Are
Our core team includes physicians, health behavior experts, human-centered designers, informatics and marketing strategists, and program and project managers. We are committed to supporting hospitals, clinics, and care teams across the state of Michigan and believe that together, we can optimize healthy behavior care for all Michiganders.
Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS
HBOM Program Director
Dr. Chang is a family physician, community-based researcher, and director of Healthy Behavior Optimization for Michigan (HBOM). She is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as the director of the MyVoice National Poll of Youth, and co-director for the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.
HBOM Program Manager
Ann serves as HBOM’s Program Manager. Previously Ann worked as a Lifestyle Management Health Coach for Virgin Pulse Live Services and as a Research Manager for the University of Michigan Transplant Center. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Studio Art from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Science in Clinical Trial Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Marika serves as HBOM’s Project Manager. Her experience and interests are in using technology to improve public health outcomes and quality of care. Marika also serves as a project manager in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine where she supports MyVoice, a national text message poll of youth, and Special Delivery, a randomized clinical trial using grocery delivery to support low-income young moms during pregnancy. Marika has a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MPH from the University of Virginia.
THOMAS CASCINO, MD, MSc
Dr. Cascino is an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and health services researcher interested in healthcare delivery, health equity, and disparities in access to therapies for patients with pulmonary hypertension and heart failure. His current work is focused on the identification of barriers in access to healthcare, understanding disparities in the use of advanced therapies such as heart transplant and left-ventricular assist devices in heart failure patients, identification of optimal timing of left-ventricular assist devices, impact of policy change on access to therapies, and optimizing the use of exercise rehabilitation through novel modes of delivery.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Sarah Gawne is an administrative professional with 10 years of experience who provides overall administrative support and leadership for the HBOM team. Prior to HBOM, Sarah worked at UMMG, where she worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant supporting the administrative directors of Cardiovascular Services, Neurosciences, and Finance and Business Management as well as the Manager of the Project Management Office. She also supported various executive level committees in the University of Michigan Medical Group, including the Clinical Practice Committee and the Ambulatory Care Operations Committee. Sarah also previously worked in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Office of Research. She studied Psychology and Nursing at Western Michigan University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading novels and spending time with her two young children and two black cats
Mik is the Clinical Informatics Specialist for HBOM, as well as the Michigan Collaborative for Type 2 Diabetes (MCT2D) and the Michigan Kidney Improvement Collaborative (MCT2D). Mik has a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in public policy, both from the University of Michigan.
Informatics Design Lead
Noa is the Clinical Informatics Design Lead for HBOM, as well as the Michigan Collaborative for Type 2 Diabetes (MCT2D) and the Michigan Kidney Improvement Collaborative (MCT2D). Noa has a Bachelor’s in Public Health and Sociology from Beloit College and a Master’s in Information Science and Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan.
Larrea is the Multimedia Designer for HBOM, as well as the Michigan Collaborative for Type 2 Diabetes (MCT2D) and the Michigan Kidney Improvement Collaborative (MCT2D).
She is a designer, illustrator, and educator creating human-centered design solutions with a focus on food, health, and the environment. She is passionate about using design research to create solutions that help people live happier, healthier lives.
Web Application Developer
Ryan is the web applications developer for HBOM, as well as the Michigan Collaborative for Type 2 Diabetes (MCT2D) and the Michigan Kidney Improvement Collaborative (MCT2D). Ryan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.