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


Estimating Health and Economic Gains from Public Health Delivery System Transformation, American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting (2015)

Objectives: The Affordable Care Act created new resources and incentives for hospitals, insurers, public health...



Understanding the Value of Multi-Sector Health System Interactions, Data Forum: Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio, Sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (2015)

Recent research examines the health and economic value of multi-organizational and multi-sectoral approaches for the...



Kentucky's Public Health Strategic Plan: Strengthening Foundational Services & Improving Population Health, Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation 2015 Annual Fall Meeting (2015)

This session examines recent progress toward the 2012 Institute of Medicine recommendation to identify the...



Analytic Approaches for Causal Inferences with Complex Multi-Component Interventions: Project ACHIEVE's Study of Managing Care Transitions, First Annual Meeting of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (2015)

Estimating the causal effects of complex, multi-component health interventions is a task with many challenges...



Trends in Health Care Delivery Systems: Implications for Cancer Prevention and Control, 29th Annual Advanced Cancer Registrar Workshop, Kentucky Cancer Registry (2015)

The Affordable Care Act and larger economic forces are leading both health care providers and...




Impact of Economic Constraints on Public Health Delivery Systems Structures (with Sharla A. Smith, Holly C. Felix, J Mick Tilford, Geoff M. Curran, and Michael A. Preston), American Journal of Public Health (2015)

OBJECTIVES: We estimated the effect of economic constraints on public health delivery systems (PHDS) density...



Hospital Contributions to the Delivery of Public Health Activities in US Metropolitan Areas: National and Longitudinal Trends (with Rachel A. Hogg and Cezar B. Mamaril), American Journal of Public Health (2015)

OBJECTIVES: We investigated changes in hospital participation in local public health systems and the delivery...



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...



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...



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...


Contributions to Books


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...



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


Improving the National Health Security Preparedness Index: Recommended Updates for 2015-16 (2015)

This report describes proposed updates in methodology and measures for the 2015-16 release of the...



Is Public Health Spending Bad For Your Health? A Cautionary Tale In Measurement (2015)

A new study of Georgia's public health financing mechanisms takes a questionable approach to measurement...



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...



Defining Comprehensive Public Health Delivery Systems (2015)

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



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....


Media and Press


Video Short: Improving the National Health Security Index, Public Health Economics (2015)

This video briefing lays out the rationale and approach for recommended updates to the National...



Sedgwick County health budget cuts could contribute to 65 deaths a year (by Wichita Eagle Reporter Gabriella Dunn), Wichita Eagle (2015)

A study by Glen Mays on the health effects attributable to public health spending is...



In light of the Supreme Court ruling, some answers about the ACA in Kentucky (by Lexington Herald Leader reporter Mary Meehan), Lexington Herald Leader (2015)

Glen Mays comments on the ACA implementation and early impact in Kentucky in the wake...



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...



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...


Research Instruments and Protocols

Stakeholder Engagement & Communication Activities, National Health Security Preparedness Office, 2015 (with Anna Goodman Hoover) (2015)

This report summarizes stakeholder engagement and communication activities undertaken by the Program Management Office for...



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...



MPROVE Measure Compilation Template (2013)

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



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...



Public Health Delivery and Cost Studies (2013)

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