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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Improving Measures of Public Health Activity at Local and State Levels: The Multi-Network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination Study (MPROVE), Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (2015)

Implementation of high-value public health strategies for chronic disease prevention, communicable disease control, and environmental...

 

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Orientation to the National Health Security Preparedness Index (with Anna Goodman Hoover and Michael Childress), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee for the National Health Security Preparedness Index Program (2015)

Refining the measures and methodologies used within the National Health Security Preparedness Index will allow...

 

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ACA Implementation in the South: the Political Economy of Full Participation in Kentucky, Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2015)

This analysis, conducted as part of the ACA Implementation Research Network, examines economic and political...

 

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The Economics of Implementing Population Health Strategies, 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation (NIH/PCORI/AHRQ/VA/DOD/RWJF) (2014)

Successful strategies to scale up and spread complex community-level interventions require an understanding of the...

 

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Opportunities and Future Directions for the National Health Security Preparedness Index, Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health Preparedness (2014)

This presentation examines options and opportunities for future development of the National Health Security Preparedness...

 

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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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...

 

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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...

 

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...