About Glen Mays
Glen Mays studies delivery and financing systems for population health improvement, with a focus on estimating the health and economic effects of these systems. He directs the Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research based at the University of Kentucky, and is associate director of the university's Center for Health Services Research. As part of this work, he directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Systems for Action National Program Office, which studies ways of aligning medical care, public health, and social service systems in ways that improve health and wellbeing. He is also the founding director of 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 public health delivery. Mays established 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 and prevention 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.
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Presentations and Lectures (153)
American Health and Health Systems: Strengths, Weaknesses & Lessons for Italy Italian Society of Cardiology (2016)
The health systems of high-income countries struggle with a host of common challenges involving access, quality, costs, and equity in population health outcomes. In this opening lecture for the Italian Society for Cardiology's 77th National Congress, I ...
The Value of Public Health: Strong Public Health Systems and Health Outcomes Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Annual Meeting of Chief Financial Officers (2016)
This lecture reviews a growing body of research documenting health and economic outcomes that are attributable to strong public health delivery systems. We identify implications for state health policy and for the management of state health agency ...
Understanding the Value of Public Health Infrastructure & Collaborative Capacity National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016)
This lecture reviews new research on the role of public health infrastructure and collaborative capacity in supporting multi-sector population health improvement initiatives.
Using Instrumental Variables to Estimate the Effects of Multi-Sector Population Health Improvement Activities U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevention Effectiveness Program (2016)
This workshop demonstrates several novel applications of instrumental variables analysis for the task of estimating health and economic effects attributable to multi-sector population health improvement initiatives.
Preventable Death Rates Fell Where Communities Expanded Population Health Activities through Multi-sector Networks Health Affairs Journal and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2016)
This briefing for the journal Health Affairs summarizes results from a new study estimating the mortality effects attributable to multi-sector networks supporting population health improvement activities.
Valuing and Financing Multi-sector Population Health Initiatives Maryland Health Enterprise Zone Summit, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2016)
Large-scale multi-sector health improvement initiatives can be difficult to initiate and sustain over time due to uncertainties about their health and economic impact. This presentation reviews research on multi-sector population health initiatives, and examines several ...
Aligning Delivery & Financing Systems to Build a Culture of Health American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2016)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Systems for Action research program uses strong social science methods to discover ways of aligning medical, public health, and social service systems in ways that improve health and wellbeing. This session profiles ...
Multi-Sector Contributions to Public Health Delivery Systems: Economic, Institutional & Policy Determinants American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2016)
The United States faces growing public and policy demands to improve health status on a population-wide basis. This session reviews new research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Systems for Action research program about the ...
Income and Health Inequalities and their Relationship to Population Health Delivery Systems Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Systems for Action National Coordinating Center, Research in Progress Seminar Series (2016)
This Research in Progress session profiles research underway through the Systems for Action Research Program examining how multi-sector population health initiatives may influence income-related disparities in life expectancy across communities. We use 16 years of data from the National ...
The Affordable Care Act at Year Six: Coverage, Care and Health? Kentucky Economic Association Annual Meeting (2016)
This lecture examines research on the Affordable Care Act's impact on health insurance coverage, access to health care, and other areas of health system performance. I conclude with some projections of ACA's potential impact on population health.
Aligning Systems and Sectors to Improve Population Health: Emerging Findings and Remaining Uncertainties New York Academy of Medicine (2016)
This session profiles several ongoing studies that test mechanisms for aligning medical care, public health, and social service systems. Preliminary findings suggest that broad-spectrum approaches to alignment may offer substantial health and economic benefits for communities.
Infrastructure and Incentives for Multi-sector Population Health Initiatives General Electric Healthy Cities Leadership Academy (2016)
Collective actions to improve health status on a community-wide basis do not happen automatically. Government agencies and private sector organizations frequently lack sufficient information, incentives, and infrastructure to make large shared investments in health improvement activities. This ...
Health Care, Employers and Multi-Sector Contributions to Population Health Bost Forum on Health Policy, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (2016)
Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems show that hospital and employer contributions to population health activities vary widely across U.S. communities. As peripheral participants in the organizational networks that support population ...
Transforming Public Health Delivery Systems for Population Health Improvement National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, National Chronic Disease Academy (2016)
A growing body of empirical research documents the health and economic benefits of multi-sector health improvement initiatives. In this session we share research that points to the delivery system features --including institutions, infrastructure, and incentives ...
National Health Security Preparedness Index Joint Workgroup Meeting on Model Design and Analytic Methodology University of Kentucky and RAND (2016)
This workgroup meeting of the National Health Security Preparedness Index reviews results from the 2016 release of the Index and examines opportunities for enhancing the Index measures and analytic methodologies for subsequent releases.
Affordable Care Act Implementation and Multi-Sector Contributions to Population Health AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (2016)
Research Objective: The Affordable Care Act established new resources and incentives for hospitals, insurers, public health agencies, and others to contribute to disease prevention and health promotion activities, potentially changing the structure of public health ...
Variation in the Implementation of Hospital Care Transition Strategies: Institutional and Community Factors AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (2016)
Research ObjectiveMore than 21 million Americans experience a hospital stay each year, but too often the transition from inpatient to home and community settings is uncoordinated, disruptive, costly and incomplete. In recent years, the federal ...
Integrating Delivery and Financing Systems Across Sectors to Build a Culture of Health AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (2016)
Overview:The delivery and financing systems for medical care, public health, and social and community services are powerful determinants of health and wellbeing for families and communities across the U.S. Unfortunately, these systems interact in complex ...
Public Health Systems and the Social and Economic Determinants of Health: New Directions for Research in the U.S. Context Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2016)
Public health services and delivery systems have the potential to improve population health and reduce health inequities by intervening on pathways that connect social and economic determinants to health outcomes. This session profiles the developing field of public health services and ...
Public Health Expenditures and their Contributions to the Total Spend on Health Leavitt Partners, Total Spend on Health: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges (2016)
This presentation provides an overview of recent research on governmental public health expenditures and their interaction with medical spending, carried out through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported initiatives on Public Health Services and Systems ...
Learning from Geographic Variation and Change in Preparedness: Results from the 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index Public Health and Disasters Conference, University of Utah School of Public Health (2016)
The 2016 release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index tracks the nation's progress in preparing for disasters and other emergencies that create health risks for large groups of people. Recent improvements in the Index ...
Measuring Progress Toward a Culture of Health: Comprehensive Public Health Systems and National Preparedness University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United Health Foundation, America's Health Rankings Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting (2016)
This update describes recent progress on two national health measurement initiatives: The National Health Security Preparedness Index and the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems. These longitudinal data sources offer valuable perspectives on how ...