Melanie Houston is the Research Communications Associate for the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, a research network within the College of Public Health which conducts rigorous, impactful and forward-thinking social-science research on the reproductive health of Ohioans. In this role, Melanie communicates research findings and grows a network of stakeholder audiences including policymakers, the media, nonprofit leaders and advocates. She has over a decade of professional experience in communications, policy formation and coalition development.
Before coming to OSU’s COPH, Melanie lead several climate, water and public health campaigns for the Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. In 2016, she helped secure a landmark bill to better protect Ohioans’ drinking water from lead contamination.
Melanie has briefed congressional and state lawmakers, advised the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and testified in front of committees of the Ohio General Assembly. She has been quoted in numerous newspaper, radio and TV outlets including Al Jazeera America and National PBS.
Melanie was valedictorian of her high school class, graduated with honors from Denison University, and earned a Master of Science from The Ohio State University. She is an active member of her community, serving her first term as a city council member. In her free time, Melanie enjoys being active, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.