Angela J. Beck, PhD, MPH

Director

Dr. Beck is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Assistant DeanĀ of the Office for Student Engagement and Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. With a background in health behavior and public health services and systems research, she also serves as Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies and AssistantĀ Editor for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Beck has over a decade of experience working with workforce development and research initiatives. She is a former Public Health Fellow for the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she worked with the national network of public health training centers. Her research interests include workforce planning, organizational performance, and delivery of public health and behavioral health services to the population.

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH

Deputy Director

Dr. Boulton is an active public health workforce researcher and serves as Director of the University of Michigan Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies. He is Professor of Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Professor of Internal Medicine in the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He currently serves as the first Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health at the School of Public Health and Director, Office of Global Public Health, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Dr. Boulton worked for many years in public health practice first as a local health department Medical Director and later as the governor’s Chief Medical Executive and State Epidemiologist where he was the lead physician/epidemiologist at the state health department with oversight responsibility for all state communicable disease surveillance and control, immunization programs, environmental health, vital records and health statistics, Medicaid, substance abuse, mental health, and services to the aging. Dr. Boulton’s research interests are in global public health especially in China and India, infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine preventable diseases and immunization coverage, immunization information systems, public health practice, and the public health workforce.

Kyle L. Grazier, Dr PH

Investigator

Dr. Grazier is the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor and Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. She serves on the Steering Committee of the UM Comprehensive Depression Center, and the leadership group of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation (IHPI). Dr. Grazier has served on the Specialty Services Research Review Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health, and has been a member of grants review committees for AHRQ, NIMH, NIAAA, CMS, RWJF and other foundations.

Rebecca L. Haffajee, JD, PhD, MPH

Investigator

Dr. Haffajee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Formerly a practicing health care attorney, Dr. Haffajee combines detailed legal analyses with empirical investigations of the relationships between laws and health. She focuses on the ways in which laws and policies facilitate or serve as barriers to patient access to quality health care and improved population health outcomes. She substantively focuses on evaluating behavioral health interventions, such as mental health and substance abuse parity as well as prescription opioid misuse prevention and treatment policies.

Elizabeth King, PhD, MPH

Investigator

Dr. King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her main research interests include HIV/AIDS, substance use, gender-based violence and access to health services. She uses qualitative inquiry and mixed methods approaches to examine access to HIV testing and treatment services for women in Russia. Dr. King has led trainings and provided technical assistance on qualitative research projects in the United States and a variety of international settings.

Brian E. Perron, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Perron is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. He has extensive experience in services research for persons with mental health and substance use disorders. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the State of Michigan. In addition, he recently published books on the topics of measurement and social work practice. Dr. Perron’s recent work focuses on helping community-based organizations more effectively use administrative data to improve service delivery and other business processes.This includes developing user-friendly and sustainable data management systems; using data visualizations to facilitate interpretation of data, especially for non-technical users; and building organizational capacity to promote data-driven decision making.

Phillip M. Singer, MHSA

Research Assistant

Mr. Singer is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He studies the politics of health care and health reform. In particular, his research interests focus on state health policy, access to care for vulnerable populations, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Phillip previously received a Master in Healthcare Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Jessie Buche, MPH, MA

Program Manager

Jessie is a 2012 graduate of University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Education where she applied her dual degrees to study the way schools can help decrease health and education disparities by building sustainable, empowered communities. She has gained public health and education experience as a teacher, community health educator, advocate, and program evaluation manager in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City. Her research interests include obesity prevention, food justice, and addressing chronic disease and mental health inequities in underserved communities.

Cory Page, MPH, MPP

Research Assistant

Cory earned an MPH/MPP dual-degree in 2017 from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He aims to eliminate health disparities through a fusion of research-based policy and community engagement. His experience with policy includes non-profit advocacy work, state regulations/licensing, and first-responder services within the state of Michigan. His particular policy interests include behavioral/mental health advancement in the United States, health outcome disparities in impoverished communities, and prevention services.