Michael Meit serves as Program Area Director in NORC's Public Health department and as Co-Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. He is responsible for NORC projects in the areas of rural health, public health systems research, and public health preparedness. He has recently led efforts to develop rural preparedness modeling and planning tools focused on urban-to-rural evacuation as well as evaluations of rural community-based health activities and tribal health professions training programs; he has also led public health systems research projects in the areas of accreditation, performance improvement, and financing.
Meit has nearly 20 years of experience in public health systems and rural health. His experience includes work at both the state and national levels, first with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and then with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C. Following his tenure at NACCHO, he served as the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Rural Health Practice and as the co-director for rural preparedness for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness. Meit served on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services from 2004 to 2008, and serves on the boards of directors for the National Rural Health Association and the Maryland Rural Health Association.