Michael Meit

Meit serves as a senior fellow in NORC's Public Health Research department and as director of research and programs for East Tennessee State University's Center for Rural Health Research. Meit previously served as co-director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Through this joint appointment Meit continues to lead NORC projects in the areas of opioid and overdose mortality, rural health, and public health systems, while leveraging synergies between NORC and ETSU research agendas to develop collaborative research initiatives.

Meit has recently led efforts to explore health disparities among rural veterans, develop overdose mapping visualization tools, completed health equity studies exploring geographic health disparities, and has conducted evaluations of rural community-based health initiatives and tribal health professions training programs; he has also led several public health systems research projects in the areas of accreditation, performance improvement, workforce and financing.

Meit has over 20 years of experience in public health systems and rural health research and practice. 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, recently completed terms on the boards of directors for the National Rural Health Association and the Maryland Rural Health Association, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and the Journal of Appalachian Health. In 2018, Meit was named to the editorial committee of Public Health Reports (PHR) – the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service.

In 2019 Meit received the National Rural Health Association's Outstanding Researcher of the Year award.