Michael Meit

Michael Meit Program Area Director

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 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.

Representative Projects

2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook. In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Health, United States, 2001 With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook.  The CDC Chartbook was widely used in directing rural health policy and programming and had not been updated since 2001.

An Examination of Public Health Financing in the United States. There is limited understanding of public health financing due to the lack of consistent tracking of public health funding in states and localities throughout the United States (U.S.). The gap in available public health financing data affects the ability of public health practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to define effective and efficient decision-making processes for public health resource allocations. To assess public health financing nationally, NORC conducted this study for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within HHS.   More

Oral Health Evidence Based Models Toolkit. Oral health disparities exist in rural communities related to access to care, utilization of services, and outcomes. As a result, rural communities across the U.S. are developing oral health programs that build oral health infrastructure and capacity to reduce the prevalence and impact of oral disease, enhance access to care, and eliminate disparities. More

Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health partnered to establish the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHR-PRC), one of seven rural health research centers funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. More

Classification of State Health Agencies. For the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), NORC developed a survey to operationally classify state health agencies (SHAs) into the categories of centralized, decentralized, mixed, and shared. More

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Michael Meit

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