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 - PhD, MPH
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.
Carrington Lott - MPH
Carrington 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. Carrington received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health and BS from Mississippi State University.
Saddyna Belmashkan - MPH
Phoebe Downer - MPH
Research Services Program Director
Phoebe directs communication, translation, and dissemination efforts for Systems for Action's grantees and intramural research team. Prior to joining Systems for Action, Phoebe designed and managed public health and health policy initiatives in New York City and Maine. She holds an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a BA from Oberlin College.
Julie Ressalam - MPH, CHES
Graduate Research Assistant
Julie oversees research translation and dissemination efforts for Systems for Action, including development of research syntheses, briefs, toolkits and training sessions. Julie is an active advocate within the Aurora immigrant and refugee community in Colorado and is passionate about sustainable community engagement methods. She is a public health researcher persuing a doctorate in health services research. She holds an MPH in epidemiology from Saint Louis University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.