Michael Lightbody, MPH - Policy

Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Phone: 319-353-8778
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 10, 2019

Michael Lightbody

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Iowa Compass; Aging & Disability Resource Center
Discipline(s): Public Policy
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: public policy, assistive technology, disability services, health information technology, adapted recreation, health insurance
Education: Master of Public Health - Health Policy - University of Iowa, 2015
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology - University of Iowa, 1999
Service: Professional Experience:
5/1/16 - Present - Program Manager, Iowa Compass
3/1/10 - 5/1/16 - Program Coordinator, Iowa Compass
1/1/00 - 12/1/14 - Head Coach, Special Olympics Iowa City Recreation Division
3/1/99 - 3/1/10 - Resource Coordinator, Systems Unlimited
12/1/96 - 1/1/00 - Residential Support Assistant, Area Substance Abuse Council

Volunteer Experience:
10/1/14 - Present - Board Member, Special Olympics Iowa
9/1/13 - Present - Free Child Safety Seat Check Day, University of Iowa Children's Hospital
10/1/09 - 2/1/14 - Board Member, Special Olympics Challenge Day Steering Committee


Michael's helped thousands access and understand a complex network of healthcare services that otherwise would have led to institutionalization and poor levels of care. Through his work and education he has gained an expert level of knowledge of insurance programs (Medicare, Medicaid, Private), long term care services and assisitve technology as well as all of the legal policies and rulings in their provision.

Additionally, Michael has implemented marketing and web developments that have saved Iowans millions of dollars in offering a used medical equipment portal. Becoming a jack of all trades in the realm of technology from developing websites to accessing complex database systems and remote communication systems.

Michael loves to invigorate teams by addressing big goals, never being one to settle for the status quo or a broken system of operations. Michael has a well-honed ability to break down those goals in to actionable steps that keep employees happy and stress-free yet focused on the task at hand. He is a self-motivated individual that constantly strives for excellence in product brand and continuous learning of complex tools and policies in the ever changing realm of health care services.