Dr. Angelica Hardee currently serves as Vice President of Health Strategy at the American Heart
Association where she is dedicated to Greater Cincinnati/NKY’s community health initiatives. In this role, she provides leadership focused on addressing top health priorities of the region by leading work related to hypertension, e-cigarette/tobacco use and healthy food access. Her goal is to make the community the most equitable and healthy region in the United States.
Dr. Hardee is leading policy, system and environmental changes focused on decreasing individuals with uncontrolled hypertension. Educating youth on the dangers of E-Cigarette use. Creating policies and programming to improve access to healthy food and convening researchers, physicians and advocates to share best practices. She engages with community organizations and neighbourhood coalitions to identify their health & wellness priorities.
Dr. Hardee is dedicated to addressing health-related social needs in the community. She is currently serving her second term as a Governing Councilor for the Community Health Planning and Policy Development section of the American Public Health Association. She is also an advocate for higher education and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Cincinnati (UC).
Dr. Hardee is passionate about her community and serves as President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio. With her involvement, she plans to help young professionals become civically engaged to identify and address issues of public concern and make a difference in the community.
Dr. Hardee also serves on the governing board of the City of Cincinnati Primary Care, Cancer Justice Network Board, UC Dean’s Community Advisory Board, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training Community Partner Council, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council, Vox Futura of Cincinnati and others. She also serves as a mentor for many high school students, college students and young adults.
In 2018, Dr. Hardee was recognized by the National Urban League Washington Bureau with a Certificate in Advocacy. She also received Lead Tribune Media Group’s 2018 Healthcare Leadership Award and was a finalist for Legacy Leadership’s 2018 Next Generation Leader Award. She is also a semifinalist in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader Award and was honoured as one of Greater Cincinnati’s 2018 Thirty Under 30. Dr. Hardee was a member of C-Change, Class
16 and Vox Futura. She was named one of Cincinnati’s YWCA Rising Stars in 2021 and she is a past board member of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.
Prior to her current role, she served as Senior Manager of Gen-H, Greater Cincinnati/NKY population health agenda where she led the 35 hospitals, 28 local health departments and 25-county Regional Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Implementation Plan. Dr. Hardee began her career at UC where she completed her doctorate while teaching Epidemiology, Global Health, Environmental Health and many others. In addition, Dr. Hardee collaborated on multiple publications focused on maternal and child health.
Dr. Hardee is a native of Cleveland, OH and a three-time alumna of the University of Cincinnati where she received her bachelors, masters and doctorate focused in public health, health policy and global health systems.