meet the team building a culture of health

Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that studies strategies for aligning medical, social, and public health systems in ways that improve health and health equity. The National Program Office is based at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, under the direction of Glen Mays.

Glen P. Mays - Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor and Director

Glen Mays is professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. His research seeks to understand and solve coordination problems within and across public health, healthcare, and social service systems, with a focus on the health and economic implications of coordination. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Mays earned Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Colorado, he served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, and Mathematica Policy Research.

Chris Lyttle - JD

Deputy Director

Mr. Lyttle joined the Systems for Action team in Sept 2019 and oversees the program operations, finances and strategic directions. Prior to this role, as the Senior Policy Manager for the Center for Health Progress in Denver, he advocated for health equity and community engagement in public policy. He received his JD from Capital University Law School and a BA from Miami University.

Sara Brandspigel - MPH

Research Engagement and Translation Director

Ms. Brandspigel oversees research translation and dissemination efforts for Systems for Action, including development of research syntheses, briefs, toolkits and training sessions. She has 15 years of experience bridging research and practice in public health and non-profit organizations, with a focus on maternal and child health populations and the prevention of injuries and violence. She received her MPH from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and a BA from Wesleyan University.

Carrington Lott - MPH

Research Coordination and Synthesis Manager

Ms. Lott manages research coordination and communication activities including Research-in-Progress webinars, Think Tanks sessions, and email blasts. She also assists in managing intramural and extramural research activities and the development of research publications, briefs and syntheses. Prior to joining Systems for Action, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey at the Colorado School of Public Health and as the Administrative Assistant for the Health Systems, Management and Policy Department. Ms. Lott received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health and BS from Mississippi State University.

Lizeth Fowler - M.P.A., M.S.

CFP Manager

Ms. Fowler is the Call for Proposals Manager for the Systems for Action National Program Office. Prior to serving as the Call for Proposals Manager, Ms. Fowler served as the Deputy Director for Systems for Action for 6 years where she managed the daily operations including grant-related communication and financial oversight, the coordination of scientific and administrative processes related to center-funded research, and the development of key relationships with stakeholders. She also coordinates with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on grant proposal activities and evaluations to advance program goals. Ms. Fowler previously served as Program Manager for the Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Ms. Fowler received a Master of Science degree in Biology from Brown University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.