Staff

meet the team building a culture of health

Systems for Action (S4A) is a new National Coordinating Center of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is administered by faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky College of Public (UK CPH) Health and Gatton College of Business and Economics. It is a national initiative to discover and apply new evidence about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that can support a RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health.

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

Director

Dr. Mays, director of the Systems for Action National Coordinating Center, is the chair and a professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz. He also serves as director of the Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research within the College of Public Health, and associate director of the Center for Health Services Research within the College of Medicine. Dr. Mays' research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, preventive care, and care management systems for underserved and high-risk populations. 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 as the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services & Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, chaired the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for eight years, and served on the inaugural faculty of the Clinton School for Public Service.

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.