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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Harnessing Community Engaged Scholarship for Collective Action to Improve Population Health, Health and Human Services Research Day, UNC-Wilmington (2014)

The growing body of theoretical and empirical scholarship on collective action problems offers important lessons...

 

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Workshop: Organizing Community-Engaged Scholarship to Improve Population Health, UNC-Wilmington College of Health & Human Services (2014)

This workshop for researchers in the health and human services fields examines strategies for organizing...

 

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Public Health Services & Systems Research: Current State of the Field, Keeneland Conference on Public Health Services & Systems Research (2014)

New research is continuing to reveal pathways for improving health and reducing health disparities at...

 

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Developing Service Delivery Measures for Studies of Practice Variation: the MPROVE Study, Public Health PBRN Annual Grantee Meeting (2014)

The Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation (MPROVE) Study supports investigations of the causes and consequences...

 

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The Public Health PBRN Program: A Status Update, Public Health PBRN Annual Grantee Meeting (2014)

As of 2014 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program has...

 

Articles

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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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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...

 

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Governmental Public Health and the Economics of Adaptation to Population Health, Institute of Medicine Roundable on Population Health Improvement Discussion Paper (2014)

In this discussion paper, Glen Mays describes recent experimentation with population health strategies that has...

 

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Untangling desirable and undesirable variation in public health practice: accreditation and research working together, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (2014)

Accreditation is one of the newest instruments in the public health system’s toolbox for reducing...

 

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Public health research implementation and translation: evidence from practice-based research networks (with Rachel A. Hogg, Doris M. Castellanos-Cruz, Anna G. Hoover, and Lizeth C. Fowler), American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2013)

BACKGROUND: Research on how best to deliver efficacious public health strategies in heterogeneous community and...

 

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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Public Health Services & Systems Research Inventory (with Ann V. Kelly and Anna G. Hoover) (2014)

This inventory summarizes research projects funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Services...

 

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Bibliography of the Public Health PBRN Program: 2008-2013. (2014)

This report inventories the research products of the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) Program...

 

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Estimating the Costs of Foundational Public Health Capabilities: A Recommended Methodology (with Public Health Cost Estimation Workgroup) (2014)

The Institute of Medicine’s 2012 report on public health financing recommended the convening of expert...

 

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The Public Health PBRN Program: A Summative Report (2013)

This report provides a six-year summary of the work of the Public Health Practice-Based Research...

 

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Overview and Guidance Documents for Public Health PBRNs (2013)

This brief provides an inventory of guidance documents and tools for use in developing, implementing,...

 

Media and Press

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National public health experts discuss health reform at 2014 Keeneland Conference, Lane Report (2014)

In this article Glen Mays comments on new research presented at the 2014 Keeneland Conference...

 

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It’s Not The Website, Stupid: New Research Says RomneyCare Worked, ObamaCare Will (authored by Waters R.), Forbes (2013)

Forbes magazine quotes Glen Mays on Affordable Care Act implementation and implications for the U.S....

 

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Study: Low-income communities benefit most from public health funding (authored by Greenburg D), Public Health Newswire (2013)

Glen Mays is interviewed about a new study released at the APHA Annual Meeting showing...

 

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The Price of Shortchanging Public Health (OpEd) (with Margaret McGladrey and Steven W. Wyatt), Lexington Herald Leader (2013)

Modest investments in powerful health protections are eroding in the wake of the economic recession...

 

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In glare of spotlight, Kentucky’s Obamacare program is ready, experts say (authored by Meehan M), Lexington Herald Leader (2013)

Glen Mays is interviewed about Kentucky's progress in Affordable Care Act implementation.

 

Research Instruments and Protocols

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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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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...

 

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Final Set of Public Health Delivery Measures Selected for the Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination (MPROVE) Study (2012)

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

 

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Public Health Return-on-Investment Template - Demonstration Version (2012)

The Public Health Return on Investment (ROI) Template is designed to help public health organizations...