Lauren Wallace, PhD, MPH, MPA

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Department of Health Policy and Management
1104-G McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

About

Dr. Lauren Wallace earned her DrPH in Public Health Management from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with focus areas in social determinants of health and health care policy and management. Her MPH and MPA, also from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, focused on health care operations, management, and policy. Dr. Wallace’s expertise includes financial theory and practice, and the management of financial decisions in healthcare organizations. She is an experienced SAS programmer and data analyst, and has taught a variety of financial and management classes to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. In academic research, Dr. Wallace has studied social determinants of health extensively, and has published peer-reviewed research studies in maternal and child health and disaster preparedness.

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

    Pediatric disaster surge resources and networks
    Access to nutrition and health resources
    Social determinants of health, including infant mortality
    The impact of economic changes on child and adult health

Awards & Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Pi Alpha Alpha Public Affairs and Public Administration Honor Society


Publications:

9. Xie R, Wallace LA, Lindeman BM, Porterfield JR, Chu DI, Chen H, Wang TN. (2023). Physician-Targeted Interventions Reduce Surgical Expense and Improve Value-Driven Health Outcomes. Journal of Surgical Research, 292: 79-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2023.07.031

8. Wallace LA, Chen H, Bello-Ogunu F, Xie R. (2022). The need for increasing female leadership in surgical departments. American Journal of Surgery, 224(5): 1332-1333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.08.001

7. Wallace LA, Paul R, Gholizadeh S, Zadrozny W, Webster C, Mayfield M, Racine EF. (2021). Neighborhood disadvantage and the sales of unhealthy products: alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy snack food. BMC Public Health, 21:1361. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11442-z

6. Wallace LA, Rucks AC, Ginter PM, Katholi CR. (2021). Social factors and public policies associated with state infant mortality rates, Women & Health, 61(4): 337-344. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2021.1889737

5. Wallace LA, Morris VG, Hudak KM, Racine EF. (2020). Increasing Access to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children through Discount Variety Stores: Findings from Qualitative Research. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120(10), 1654-1661.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2020.03.001

4. Needle S, Rucks AC, Wallace LA, Ginter PM, Katholi CR, Xie R. (2020). Pediatric Practice Readiness for Disaster Response.  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2020.9

3. Wallace LA, Rucks AC, Ginter PM, Xie R, Katholi, CR, Bello-Ogunu, F. (2019). What Can Appalachian Pediatric Networks Do to Improve Disaster Preparedness and Health Outcomes? Examining Characteristics of Pediatric Networks in the United States to Identify Differences between Appalachian and Non-Appalachian Collaborations. Journal of Public Health Issues and Practices, 3: 154. https://doi.org/10.33790/jphip1100154

2. Ginter PM, Rucks AC, Wallace LA. (2017). State Health Department Accreditation Technical Assistance: A Focused Strategic Thinking Approach.  Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 3(S1): 67S-72S. https://doi.org/10.1177/2373379917692817

1. Wingate MS, Fifolt M, Preskitt J, Mulvihill B, Pass MA, Wallace LA, Sims D, McKim S. (2014). Assessing Statewide Needs for Home Visiting in Alabama: A Mixed Methods Approach. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(5): 1075-1084. https://rdcu.be/cuZfu


Book Sections

3.
Wallace LA, Rucks AC, Ginter PM, Xie R, Katholi CR, Bello-Ogunu F. (2021). Disaster Preparedness: Insights from Characteristic Differences between Appalachian and Non-Appalachian Pediatric Emergency Networks. In Kury, C. (Ed.), Challenges in Disease and Health Research (8th vol., pp. 98-108). BP International. https://doi.org/10.9734/bpi/cdhr/v8/2172F

2. Wallace LA. (2018). Essentials for a Strategic Thinker 2-3: What Are Inevitable and Predictable Surprises and Gray Rhinos? In Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations (8th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

1. Wallace LA. (2018). Essentials for a Strategic Thinker 8-5: What Are Patient Portals? In Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations (8th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.


Education

  • B.A., Global Leadership, Huntingdon College, 2007
  • Master of Public Administration, Public Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • Master of Public Health, Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • Doctor of Public Health, Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2018