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Karen Minyard

Director & Associate Research Professor    

Georgia State University Ph.D. Business Administration
Medical College of Georgia M.S.N., Nursing Administration
University of Virginia B.S. in Nursing


Strategic management
Health care financing


Karen Minyard, Ph.D. has directed the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies since 2001. 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. 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. She also has 13 years of experience in nursing and hospital administration.

She is an advocate for the importance of community in national, state, and local policy and the power of communities to improve health. Dr. Minyard 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.

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 recently presented to congressional and executive agency staff at the National Health Policy Forum. Currently, she is spearheading a team of faculty and staff at Georgia State University dedicated to translating national health care reform.

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.

  • Minyard, Karen, Ferencik, Rachel, Phillips, Mary Ann, Soderquist, Chris, “Using
    Systems Thinking in State Policymaking: An Educational Initiative” Submitted to
    Health Systems. Submitted November 2012. Accepted for publication with
  • Adams, Kathleen E, Ketsche, Patricia, Minyard, Karen, “Who Really Pays for
    Medicaid: Intended and Unintended Consequences of the Matching Grant”
    Submitted to Public Finance Review. January 7, 2013. Revise and Resubmit
    April, 2013
  • Hirsch, Gary, Milstein, Bobby, Minyard, Karen, “County Officials Embark on New,
    Collective Endeavors to ReThink their Local Health Systems” Journal of County
    Administration. March/April 2013.
  • Minyard, Karen, and Rachel Ferencik, “Systems Thinking in Injury Prevention: An
    Innovative Model for Informing State and Local Policies.” Western Journal of
    Emergency Medicine. Vol. XII, Issue 3, 273-274 (July 2011).
  • Mary Ann Phillips, Mark Rivera, John Shoemaker, and Karen Minyard (2010).
    Georgia’s Utilization Minigrant Program: Promoting Medicaid/CHIP Outreach.
    Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol 21, Number 4,
    November 2010.
  • Adams, Kathleen, Zhou, Mei, Ketsche, Patricia, Minyard, Karen J. “Access and
    Satisfaction Among Children in Georgia’s Medicaid and CHIP: 2000-2003”.
    Health Care Financing Review. Spring 2008.
  • Minyard, Karen J., Tina Smith, Marcia Brand, Charles Owens, and Frank
    Selgrath. “Triple-Layer Chess: An Analogy for Multi-Dimensional Health
    Policy Partnerships.” Partnership Perspectives. Volume IV, Issue I. Winter
  • Minyard, Karen J., and Landers, Glenn M. “Health Care”. Georgia Policy Atlas. Carl
    Vinson Institute of Government 2007. The University of Georgia.
  • Minyard, Karen J., Deborah Chollet, Laurie Felland, Lindsey Lonergan, Chris Parker,
    Tina Anderson-Smith, Claudia Lacson, and Jaclyn Wong. “Lessons from Local Access Initiatives: Contributions and Challenges.” The Commonwealth Fund. August 14, 2007. Volume 66.
  • Ketsche, Patricia, Katheleen Adams, Karen J. Minyard, and Rebecca Kellenberg. “The
    Stigma of Public Programs: Does A Separate S-CHIP Program Reduce It?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Vol., 26, Issue 4, 749-736 (2007).
  • Ketsche, Patricia, Angle Snyder, Mei Zhou, Kathleen Adams, and Karen J. Minyard.
    “Discontinuity of Coverage for Medicaid and SCHIP Children at a Transitional Birthday.” “Health Services Research: State –Level Health Service Delivery, Access, and Practice: Improving Research and Policy. 2007.
  • Smith, Tina, Karen J. Minyard, Chris Parker, Rachel Ferencik, and John
    Shoemaker. “From Theory to Practice: What Drives the Core Business of Public Health?” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. March-April 2007. Volume 13, Issue 12, 169-172.
  • Minyard, Karen J.; Chollet, Deborah; Felland, Laura; Lonergan, Lindsay; Parker, Chris; Smith, Tina Anderson; Lacson, Claudia; and Wong, Jaclyn. “Making Coverage for the Insured: The Role of Community Initiatives.” The Commonwealth Initiative on the Future of Health Insurance Grant. Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Health Policy Center Working Paper 05-01. January 2005.
  • Minyard, Karen J., and Smith, Tina Anderson. “The Role of Targeted External Facilitation and Technical Assistance in Improving the Clinical Relevance and Financial Viability of Rural Health Systems.” Health Systems in the World: From Evidence to Policy, 2004.
  • Minyard, Karen J.; Lineberry, Isiah; Smith, Tina Anderson; and Byrd-Roubides Tracy. “Transforming the Delivery of Rural Health Care in Georgia: Developing a Statewide Strategy of Rural Health Network Development,” Journal of Rural Health,” Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 19, No. S, pp. 361-371, Supplemental 2003.
  • Minyard, Karen J. “A Blueprint for Rural Health System Development.” Georgia Health Policy Center Working Paper. February 2000.
  • Minyard, Karen J., and Toal, Susan B., Georgia Health Policy Center Case Study. “Access to Primary Care in Rural Georgia: A Population-Based Approach.” October 1999.
  • Barr, Pamela S. and Minyard, Karen J. “Identity and Strategy Formulation in a Deconstructing Industry: Observations from Rural Healthcare Organizations.”
    19th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society. Berlin, Germany, October 3-6, 1999. Nominated for Best Paper Competition
  • Minyard, Karen J., and Toal, Susan. “The Road to Quality Health Care: A Rural Success Story.” Georgia Health Policy Center Case Study, December 1997.
  • Minyard, Karen J. Motivations for Choices among Market, Hybrid, and Hierarchical Governance Structures in a Rapidly Changing Environment. Dissertation, 1997.
  • Minyard, Karen and Chollet, Deborah. “The Impact of Managed Competition on the Health Insurance Industry.” Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 1994. D. P. Moore (Ed.)
  • Minyard, Karen. “Managed Competition: Strategic Implications for the Health Care System.” Southern Management Association Proceedings, 1993. M. Schnake (ed.), pp. 507-509.
  • Minyard, Karen, Bruton, Garry D., and Oviatt, Benjamin M. “Empirical Characteristics of Measures of Organizational Decline, Distress and Turnaround.” Southern Management Association Proceedings, 1994. M. Schnake (ed.), pp 51-53.
    Zahra, Shaker A., Oviatt, Benjamin M., and Minyard, Karen. “Effects of Corporate Ownership and Board Structure on Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance,” Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 1993, D. P. Moore (ed.) pp. 336-340. (A version presented at the Georgia Strategy Conference (U. of Georgia), April 16, 1993.)
  • Minyard, Karen; Wall, Jane; and Turner, Richard. “RNs May Cost Less Than You Think.” Journal of Nursing Administration, Volume 16, Number 5, 1986, pp. 28-35.
  • Minyard, Karen, and Rutsohn, Phillip. “A Marketing Approach to Nurse Recruitment and Retention: OPT*.” Journal of Healthcare Marketing, Volume 3, Number 3. 1983, pp. 53-58.