Most Valuable Player Awards: Innovation

The agilon health Most Valuable Player Award honors and acknowledges employees for excellence.  Award recipients are employees who embody the mission and core values of agilon health and consistently display characteristics that are valued and appreciated by coworkers and leadership.

Winners are selected based on peer nominations and management support for outstanding contributions. From the many nominations received, the following three employees were named agilon health MVPs for living the Core Value of Innovation. Read on to learn about our MVPs and their journey to agilon health!

Andrew Mosso

What is your role with agilon health today?

I am a Sr. Data Scientist.

Tell us about your career journey

I have spent approximately three decades in health care research specializing in analysis of health care claims and records. My research has appeared in scholarly journals such as JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. I came to agilon from IBM Watson Health. I like the fact that my work at agilon has a close impact on patient care.

Tell us about your schooling/educational background

MS Health, New School for Social Research.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Gardening for the benefit of wildlife, walking and hiking.

List 1 fun fact about yourself

In the eighties I worked for a distributor of B Movies
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Melissa Wessel

What is your role with agilon health today?

I am a Sr. BI Developer.

Tell us about your career journey

I started as a Data Analyst with MDX Hawai‘i in the Honolulu office. Then started working remotely and later moved into the enterprise analytics team.

Tell us about your schooling/educational background

I double majored in Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Hawai‘i and last year I received my master’s degree in Psychology from NYU.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, I used to love traveling, but these days I like going to the beach, watching the sunset and walking my dog.

List 1 fun fact about yourself

I danced hula for 10 years and competed in Merrie Monarch (like the Olympics of hula).

What is your favorite quote or life motto?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” or anything by Mary Oliver

Is there any additional information you would like to share regarding winning this award?

I’m very happy to be recognized in this way and excited to work on my new and continuing projects!

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Justin Oleole

What is your role with agilon health today?

I am the Ala ‘o Ho’ola High Risk Program Coordinator

Tell us about your career journey

Prior to becoming a full-time employee with MDX Hawai‘i, I worked as a temp.  In May of 2018, I became a regular full-time employee of MDX Hawai‘i as the Ala ‘o Ho’ola High Risk Program Coordinator, which was developed by Dr. Amy Rhine. I am honored to be a part of this amazing career opportunity.

Tell us about your schooling/educational background

  • Associates Degree in Fire Science/Technology
  • Pearl City High School

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As anyone who knows me is aware, I don’t have any spare time.  When I am off the clock, I consume my life with being active in every way possible.  I am very lucky to still be active with sports: volleyball, beach volleyball, outrigger canoe paddling, surfing, triathlons, tennis, golf, and the list goes on.  Since moving back to Hawai‘i, I’ve found nothing more peaceful than swimming with Nai’a (Dolphins) in the open ocean. The most rewarding part of my spare time is sharing my knowledge of volleyball by coaching a variety of teams with the youth of Hawai‘i.

List 1 fun fact about yourself

My volleyball career is 33 years old.

What is your favorite quote or life motto?

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of our presence.  Making sure that the impact lasts in our absence.”

Is there any additional information you would like to share regarding winning this award?

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Dr Amy Rhine.  Without her vision of the Ala ‘o Ho’ola program, I would not have had the privilege and honor of this award.  I would also like to thank the entire Hawaii Population Health Management (PHM) team.

Without a doubt, I’d like to thank my partner, Glenda Tali, APRN.  Glenda has been my partner in the Ala ‘o.

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Shelly Howell

What is your role with agilon health today?

Manager, Operations and Planning for the Akron Market

Tell us about your career journey

Prior to joining agilon health, I worked for an occupational health and urgent care company, Concentra. While at Concentra, I was the Center Operations Director for a practice in South Plainfield, NJ, overseeing the medical and physical therapy operations; this and was a top 5 performing location nationwide. I also acted as an internal consultant improving operational efficiency at various practice locations in NJ, PA, CT, and VA, and assisted with the implementation of a new technology platform for Department of Transportation physicals and drug screenings in the Northeast Region.

I joined agilon health in July 2018 as an Operations Program Manager while in the implementation phase of the Akron market. After exceeding 2019 market goals, I was promoted to Manager, Operations and Planning in March 2020.

Tell us about your schooling/educational background

B.S. in Health Science from Duquesne University

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I travel as much as possible, do yoga, spend time with family and friends, and most importantly, cheer on the Cleveland Browns!

List 1 fun fact about yourself

I lived in New York City prior to joining agilon health. While there, I lived in the same apartment building as Rami Malek (who played Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody). He was one of the nicest people in the building and had a very cute French Bulldog!

What is your favorite quote or life motto?

“If you’re not scared, you’re not taking a chance. And if you’re not taking a chance, then what are you doing?” -Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother

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Growth Team’s Innovative Virtual Medicare Advantage Shop & Compare Events

The Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period is a key time for agilon health and our partner providers to grow our member populations. During this time, Medicare-eligible individuals have the opportunity to select Medicare Advantage plans for the coming year. Its during this time of year that our Growth team normally hosts in-person Medicare Shop and Compare events in collaboration with our partners. Faced with a world-wide pandemic and prohibitions against large gatherings, the team had to innovate.

As a testament to our #ONEteam Core Value of Innovation, the team rapidly adapted to the changing world and embraced the creativity of our partners and each other to move the entire experience to a series of virtual events.

In less than 9 weeks, they recorded nearly 100 hours of partner video, learned a deep and rich virtual event experience, created dozens of communications pre- and post-event to engage the patients and deployed ten completely virtual events flawlessly.

To say the virtual events were a success would be an understatement! In the prior year, under normal conditions, 1,594 patients were touched by the in-person events. Through the team’s efforts this year, 2,962 reservations were received for day-of the events. The team also created a way for attendees to experience post-events with 5,865 patient interactions to date (and growing).

Without the team’s quick action, collaboration and skillful innovation, the Annual Open Enrollment Period would have been negatively impacted. Instead, the team was able to drive for and achieve better-than-expected results!

For these reasons, the Growth Team responsible for this “Herculean” effort was collectively recognized for their actions and identified as truly worthy of the agilon health MVP Honorable Mention award. Thank you Adrienne Yi, Chad Glass, David Peck, Dawn Paduganan Jason Ward, Katie Page, Kyle Shiosaki, Linda Minshew, Liz Garcia, and Mike Yoho!