Michael Meit

Michael Meit Senior Fellow

Public Health

M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Psychology, Bradley University

Michael Meit serves as Senior Fellow 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.

Representative Projects

Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences. ​Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences examines the impact of rurality on mortality and explores regional differences in mortality rates. More

Analysis of Data Methods and Taxonomies Used to Assess the Public Health Workforce in the U.S.. The University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce led the creation of the Public Health Workforce Taxonomy for Enumeration, with input from state and local health departments and support from the CDC. The taxonomy consists of 12 axes, each focusing on a different category for describing public health workers. To examine the utility of the taxonomy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with NORC to conduct this study.    More

Affordable Care Act: Examining Policies & Implementation with State & Local Public Health Depts. On behalf of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within HHS, NORC is expanding prior project activities to explore the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on state and local public health departments.  More

Impacts of the Affordable Care Act for HHS Public Health Programs. On behalf of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within HHS, NORC explored how expanded insurance coverage and enhanced access to clinical preventive services may change the nature and composition of services provided by state and local health departments.  More

Practice-Based Needs and Research Questions Related to Emergency Preparedness Capabilities. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NORC at the University of Chicago is assessing the research the information needs of public health practitioners related to public health emergency preparedness and response. Through this study, NORC will assist CDC in identifying gaps in preparedness, response, and recovery practice; determining key areas for research; and developing a prioritized agenda for future public health preparedness and response research.   More

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