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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Value and Cos-Effectivess of Community Health Worker Programs: Implications for Home Care Workers, SEIU Symposium for Integrated Home Care Aide Innovation (2014)

This presentation reviews studies on the health and economic value of strategies to improve the...

 

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Cost Estimates of Foundational Public Health Capabilities: Pilot Test Results of an Expert Consensus Methodology (with Cezar B. Mamaril), Resolve Public Health Leadership Forum (2014)

The Institute of Medicine's 2012 report on U.S. public health financing recommended research to identify...

 

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Ending Failures, Showing Results, Improving Population Health: Insights from Research & Reform in the U.S., Province of British Columbia Ministry of Health: Research Rounds (2014)

A growing body of empirical research supports the value of aligning the delivery systems for...

 

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How Can Public Health Economics Help Health Systems Focus Upstream?, Province of British Columbia Ministry of Health (2014)

Research on the health and economic impact of public health strategies can help newly evolving...

 

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Tougher than Rocket Science, or Just Messier? Using Research to Improve U.S. Public Health Delivery, University of Victoria School of Public Health and Social Policy (2014)

Advances in the field of public health services & systems research (PHSSR) are incorporating complexity...

 

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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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Kentucky Round I Field Network Study Results (with Julia Costich) (2014)

This multi-state field study uses a large interdisciplinary network of policy and services researchers to...

 

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Next Generation Public Health: Can Laboratories Enhance the Value Stream? (2014)

The Affordable Care Act and related state health reform initiatives are triggering diverse and far-reaching...

 

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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...

 

Media and Press

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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...

 

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Death rates fell in Massachusetts after health reform (by Karen Pallarito, HealthDay reporter), WebMD (2014)

Glen Mays is interviewed about new research that shows a drop in mortality in Massachusetts...

 

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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...

 

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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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...

 

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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...