Glen Mays studies strategies for organizing and financing public health strategies,
preventive services, and prevention policy, with a focus on estimating the health and
economic effects of these efforts. He directs the National Coordinating Center for Public
Health Services and Systems Research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and
based at the University of Kentucky. As part of this work, he directs the Public Health
Practice-Based Research Networks Program, which brings together more than 1000 public
health agencies and researchers from around the nation to study innovations in practice.
Mays' work also includes the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems,
which since 1998 has followed a nationally representative cohort of U.S. communities to
examine the implementation and impact of multi-organizational public health strategies.
He earned a A.B. degree in political science from Brown University, M.P.H. and Ph.D.
degrees in health services research from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral
fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School. 

Presentations and Lectures

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Geographic Variation in the Delivery of Public Health Services: Understanding Causes and Consequences, Washington University Dissemination and Implementation Seminar Series (2015)

The implementation and reach of evidence-based prevention and public health programs varies widely across the...

 

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Connecting Preparedness Science with the National Health Security Preparedness Index: Research Translation Opportunities, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Research Initiative, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015)

The National Health Security Preparedness Index is a mechanism for applying advances in preparedness measurement...

 

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The National Health Security Preparedness Index: Harnessing Evidence & Experience to Drive Improvement, Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015)

This presentation profiles the National Health Security Preparedness Index as a mechanism for measuring preparedness...

 

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Using Practice-Based Research Networks for Next-Generation Public Health, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting (2015)

U.S. public health agencies face an existential imperative to transform their work from a collection...

 

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Refining and Improving the Methodology for the National Health Security Preparedness Index (with Michael Childress and Dominique Zephyr), National Health Security Preparedness Index Working Group Meetings on Model Design and Analytic Methodology, Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2015)

This first meeting of two newly reconstituted Working Groups for the National Health Security Preparedness...

 

Articles

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Economic Shocks and Public Health Protections in U.S. Metropolitan Areas (with Rachel A. Hogg), American Journal of Public Health (2015)

Objectives. We examined public health system responses to economic shocks using longitudinal observations of public...

 

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Improving Population Health by Learning from Systems and Services (with F. Douglas Scutchfield), American Journal of Public Health (2015)

Research on the larger constellations of systems and services that influence population health should inform...

 

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Improving public health preparedness capacity measurement: development of the local health department preparedness capacities assessment survey (with Mary V. Davis, James Bellamy, Christine A. Bevc, and Cammie Marti), Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (2014)

OBJECTIVE: To address limitations in measuring the preparedness capacities of health departments, we developed and...

 

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Transforming Public Health Delivery Systems with Open Science Principles (with F Douglas Scutchfield), American Journal of Public Health (2014)

If PHSSR is to realize its full potential in guiding the transformation of the US...

 

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Reducing Cancer Disparities through Community Engagement in Policy Development: The Role of Cancer Councils (with Michael A. Preston, Resa D. Jones, Sharla A. Smith, Chara N. Stewart, and Ronda S. Henry-Tillman), Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (2014)

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S and a source of...

 

Contributions to Books

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Public Health Services and Systems Research: Building the Science of Public Health Practice (with Paul K. Halverson and William J. Riley), Contemporary Public Health: Principles, Practice, and Policy (2013)

This chapter critically reviews the growing field of scientific inquiry devoted to the study of...

 

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The Organizational Landscape of the American Public Health System (with Paul K. Halverson and Rachel Hogg), Contemporary Public Health: Principles, Practice, and Policy (2013)

U.S. public health activities are performed through a constellation of organizations operating at national, state,...

 
The American Health Care System: Structure and Function (with F. Douglas Scutchfield), Maxcy-Rosaneau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine (2007)
 

Research Briefs and Reports

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Estimating the Costs of Foundational Public Health Services (2015)

The Institute of Medicine’s 2012 report on public health financing called for the convening of...

 

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Defining Comprehensive Public Health Delivery Systems (2015)

This brief describes the methodology for defining Comprehensive Public Health Delivery Systems using data from...

 

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Comparative Report of Results from the Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination Study (MPROVE) (with Lava Timsina) (2014)

This comparative report displays results from the Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination (MPROVE) Study....

 

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Annual Bibliography of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Resesarch, Year Four (with Anna G. Hoover, Lizeth Fowler, and Ann Kelly) (2014)

The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), together with the...

 

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Annual Report of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research, Year Four (with Anna G. Hoover, Lizeth Fowler, and Ann Kelly) (2014)

The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), together with the...

 

Media and Press

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How Ebola Exposes Diminishing US Investment in Public Health (by International Business Times author Catharine Dunn), International Business Times (2014)

In an interview with International Business Times writer Catherine Dunn, Glen Mays discusses how recent...

 

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What Would Happen to Kynect if the Affordable Care Act Were Repealed? (by WFPL Reporter Ja'nel Johnson), WFPL News (2014)

Glen Mays is interviewed about the potential effects of a repeal of the Affordable Care...

 

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Amid Ebola cases, Cory Gardner blasts CDC spending on 'jazzercise,' 'urban gardens' (by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact and Tampa Bay Times), PolitiFact, Tampa Bay Times (2014)

Glen Mays comments for a PolitiFact story on political statements made concerning the ACA Prevention...

 

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University of Kentucky Approved to Lead $14.9M Study of Care Transitions (by Kristi Lopez), University of Kentucky News (2014)

Glen Mays comments on a new $15M national study of care transition strategies funded by...

 

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Employers aim to move workers to consumer-directed health plans (by Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare), Modern Healthcare (2014)

Glen Mays comments on new data showing an increase in employer use of consumer-directed health...

 

Research Instruments and Protocols

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Background on the Program Management Office for the National Health Security Preparedness Index at the University of Kentucky (2014)

The University of Kentucky’s National Health Security and Preparedness Index (NHSPI) Program Management Office is...

 

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MPROVE Measure Compilation Template (2013)

This template provides the data element layout and structure for compiling measures of local public...

 

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Research Protocol for the Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation (MPROVE) Study (2013)

The Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination Study (MPROVE) engages public health practice-based research networks...

 

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Public Health Delivery and Cost Studies (2013)

This program provides public health PBRNs with research funding to implement studies that identify the...

 

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Data Acquisition Plan for the Public Health Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation (MPROVE) Study (2012)

This brief details the steps to be followed in obtaining and compiling data on the...