Georgia Health Policy Center
Georgia State University
14 Marietta Street, Suite 221
Atlanta, GA 30303
Karen Minyard, PhD, has directed the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies since 2001. Dr. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including, community and public health, end of life care, child health, health philanthropy, public and private health coverage, and the uninsured. She also has 13 years of experience in nursing and hospital administration.
Dr. Minyard is an advocate for the importance of community in national, state, and local policy and the power of communities to improve health. She maintains her connection with communities by working directly with local health collaboratives and serving on the boards of the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Physicians’ Innovation Network, and Communities Joined in Action. The coordination and integration of national, state, and local public and private policy is at the heart of her policy work. She seeks to help a broad range of policymakers examine their decisions within the context of the whole system. She works to bring together the key stakeholders with state-of-the-art facilitation and excellent information to make health policy decisions that ultimately result in improved health in communities.
Her research interests include: the financing and evaluation of health-related social policy programs; the strategic alignment of national, state, and local, public and private health policy and resources; 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 nonprofit health collaboratives; and public health systems and financing. Dr. Minyard holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in nursing administration from the Medical College of Georgia, and a PhD degree in business from Georgia State University.