A photo of Tamiyka Rose
City of Akron

In April of 2017, Mayor Dan Horrigan appointed Tamiyka Rose to fill the newly created position of Health Equity Ambassador for the City of Akron. As Health Equity Ambassador, Ms. Rose advises Mayor Horrigan on policy initiatives, and leads Akron’s efforts to decrease racial and ethnic disparities, particularly in premature births and infant mortality.

Tamiyka Rose is the former Vice President of Government Relations for The MetroHealth System and is known for her tenacity to see large projects completed. Tamiyka began working at the health system in 2010 as the Manager, State Government Relations. She is a committed public policy executive, with more than fifteen years of professional experience in the public sector. She has demonstrated performance in analyzing complex policy issues, utilizing outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills.

Tamiyka has the ability to motivate and mobilize individuals leading to transformational results. Most notably, she led The MetroHealth System’s efforts in lobbying state and federal regulators for an experimental Medicaid waiver program which extended health coverage to nearly 30,000 uninsured residents in Cuyahoga County.

Prior to her work at The MetroHealth System, she served as the Medicaid policy and budget analyst in the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. She also served as a legislative liaison in Governor Strickland’s Office and a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. Tamiyka holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, both from The Ohio State University. She is the recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who to Watch in Healthcare”, and awarded and Kaleidoscope’s “40 under 40”. She currently resides in Macedonia, Ohio with her husband and their daughter.