Dr. Arrianna Marie Planey

Arrianna Marie Planey, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research


Arrianna Marie Planey, PhD, MA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Fellow in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a health/medical geographer with expertise in measuring and conceptualizing health care access, health and healthcare equity, and spatial epidemiology. Her research and teaching focuses include the application of spatial analytic/statistical/epidemiologic methods to study interactions between health(care) policies, healthcare access and utilization and underlying, population-level health inequities, and identify points of intervention at structural- and system-levels.

Dr. Planey’s ongoing research includes collaborative studies of birth outcomes (preterm birth and low birth weight) among Black immigrants in segregated neighborhoods, spatial mismatch by race and gender among workers in US metro areas, and the disparate effects of rural hospital closures on acute care access.

Arrianna Planey in the Gillings News

Research Activities

  • Applied spatial analysis
  • Healthcare access/Access to care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Rural healthcare
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)
  • Health and Healthcare Equity
  • Social epidemiology
  • GIS methods

    Key Publications

    Barriers and Facilitators to Mental Health Help-Seeking among African American Youth and their Families: A Systematic Review Study. Planey A.M., McNeil Smith S., Moore S., & Walker T.  (2019). Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 101.
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    Hearing Healthcare Availability and Supply in the United States: A Multi-Scale Spatial and Political Economic Analysis. Planey A.M.  Social Science and Medicine, 222.
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    Selective sharing on social media: Examining the effects of race-related disparate impact frames on intentions to retransmit news stories among U.S. college students. Bigman C.A., Smith M., Williamson L.D., Planey A.M., & McNeil Smith S. New Media and Society.
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    • BA, History, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
    • MA, Social Sciences (Concentration: Political Science), University of Chicago, 2013
    • PhD, Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020