Karen Minyard, PhD

Executive Director and Research Professor , Georgia Health Policy Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Karen Minyard, PhD has been director of the Georgia Health Policy Center since 2001 and is also a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including: population health, health and health care financing, health in all policies, long-term services and supports, health philanthropy, rural health, child health and well-being, behavioral health, health system transformation, and community health systems development. Prior to assuming her current role, she directed the networks for rural health program at the GHPC. She has experience with the state Medicaid program, both with the design of a reformed Medicaid program and the external evaluation of the primary care case management program. Minyard also has 13 years of experience in nursing and hospital administration.

Minyard’s research interests include: financing and evaluation of health-related social policy programs; strategic alignment of public and private health policy on all levels; the role of local health initiatives in access and health improvement; the role of targeted external facilitation and technical assistance in improving the sustainability, efficiency, and programmatic effectiveness of non-profit health collaboratives; and public health systems and financing.

Dr. Minyard frequently makes presentations and acts as a neutral convener and facilitator for groups and organizations. She often provides testimony for the state legislature and has presented to congressional and executive agency staff.

She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, and a doctoral degree in business administration with a major in strategic management and minor in health care financing from Georgia State University.

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