Kentucky Population Health Institute
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Cynthia D. Lamberth, PhDc, MPH, CPH | Co-Executive Director and Founding Board Member


KPHI Founding Board member, Cynthia D. Lamberth services as the Co-Executive Director of the Kentucky Population Health Institute. Prior to leading the KPHI full-time, Cynthia served as Associate Dean for Workforce Development and Community Engagement at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. She is also Director of the Kentucky Population Health Leadership Institute, and previously served as Co-Director of the National Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and Buckeye Bluegrass Regional Leadership Academy. She is currently on the Board of the Public Health Leadership Society and NNPHI Planning Workgroup. She is past Chair of the National Public Health Leadership Development Network. Lamberth has over thirty years experience in the Public Health and Human Resource fields including positions in academia, consulting, high tech, and utility industries.


Email | Cynthia.Lamberth@kypophealth.org

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Glen Mays, PhD, MPH | Founding Board Member


KPHI Founding Board Member, Glen P. Mays serves as the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Dr. Mays’ research centers on delivery and financing systems for health care and public health services, with a special focus on estimating the health and economic effects of these efforts. He directs the Systems for Action Research Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which test strategies for aligning delivery and financing systems for medical care, public health, and social services in ways that improve population health. He is also the founding director of the National Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) Program, which brings together more than 2000 state and local public health organizations from across the U.S. to conduct applied research on innovations in public health practice. As part of this work, he created and maintains the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems, which since 1998 has followed a nationally representative cohort of U.S. communities to examine inter-organizational and inter-governmental approaches to public health delivery and financing. He also directs the national program office for the National Health Security Preparedness Index, created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and supported by RWJF.

Mays earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University, earned M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in health policy and administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining UK in 2011, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and was a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C.
 

Email | glen.mays@uky.edu

F. Douglas Scutchfield | Founding Board Member


KPHI founding Board Member, F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., is the initial incumbent in the Peter P Bosomworth Professorship in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Kentucky. He holds faulty appointments in the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine.  He received his MD degree from the University of Kentucky. He completed post graduate medical education at Northwestern University, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield is a diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and was, from 1972-1985 a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice. He holds fellowships in both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Family Practice. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Pikeville. He was one of the founders of the College of Community Health Science at the University of Alabama and founded the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, he founded the school, now college, of public health at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield has held many national positions in professional organizations, including President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and received several awards from those organizations, including the American Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a skilled editor and has served as editor, guest editor and on the editorial board of many journals. He is the author of over 200 referred papers, book chapters, and technical reports and has edited several books. 

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Email | scutch@uky.edu

Shivani Patel | Finance Director 


Shivani Patel is a senior at the University of Kentucky. She is dual-degreeing in Accounting and Finance, while dual-minoring in International Business and Psychology.  Shivani Patel plans to obtain her CPA certificate upon completion of college. She loves coffee culture, dancing, volunteering in her free time, and travelling. She will be graduating this upcoming December and will be focusing on her accounting path.  A fun fact about her is that she has travelled to 21 countries and plans to finish travelling 25 countries before she turns 25. 

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Email | Shivani.Patel@kypophealth.org

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Dr. Georgia Heise, DrPH | Co-Executive Director and Founding Board Member


Founding KPHI Board member, Dr. Heise serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Kentucky Population Health Institute.  Dr. Heise is the Director of the Three Rivers District Health Department which serves a population of 50,000 in the rural Kentucky counties of Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton. Three Rivers was in the first cohort to receive accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board in February 2013, one of eleven health departments across the United States. Dr. Heise served as The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) Vice-President and President and is currently continuing service on the Board. She is also on the Board for the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Executive Committee for the Kentucky Health Department Association.  She is passionate about advancing public health in the areas of accreditation and policy development. Georgia earned her Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Kentucky.

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Email | Georgia.Heise@kypophealth.org

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