Dr. Michael Gluck has over 25 years’ experience working with researchers, analysts, other experts, policymakers and health care leaders in support of evidence-informed decision-making. He draws this expertise and experience as co-Director of the organization’s Translation and Dissemination Institute. With a focus on learning from outside the health sector and experimentation, the Institute helps researchers identify evidence needs and communicate the results of their investigations effectively while also assisting policymakers and other healthcare leaders to use evidence effectively to make decisions.

Dr. Gluck previously served as a senior analyst and project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, as Director of Health Policy at the National Academy of Social Insurance, directing nonpartisan policy research on long-term Medicare policy, as Associate Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute and as the first director of the University of California’s California Health Benefits Review Program, which analyzes proposed health insurance legislation for the California State Legislature. Each of these positions has placed Dr. Gluck at the intersection of policy and research and allowed him to draw on his substantive knowledge of health care financing and delivery, science policy and process of knowledge translation, dissemination and implementation.

He received a bachelor’s in history magna cum laude from Haverford College and master’s and doctoral degrees in public policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Gluck's areas of expertise include Medicare, Medicaid, health care costs and financing, prescription drugs, technology assessment, science policy, research translation, dissemination, and implementation.

Why HSR?

“I’ve spent my career at the intersection of research and policy, working to translate the technical information the health services research field produces. As the health care system changes, it’s been a rewarding experience co-directing AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute, which is committed to helping the HSR field find effective, innovative tools to help policymakers and other health care leaders use evidence we produce. Not every researcher needs to be a superstar communicator of their findings, but our field needs to work hard to assure that rigorous and relevant research reaches decision-makers.”


Authored by Michael E. Gluck, Ph.D., M.P.P


Rapid Evidence Review: What are effective approaches for recruiting and retaining rural primary care health professionals?

This rapid evidence review found that while few approaches have a positive effect on both recruitment and retention, some individual strategies are effective in drawing providers to rural areas and combining individual interventions may be the most effective way to expand and maintain the rural primary care workforce.

Can Evidence Reviews Be Made More Responsive to Policymakers?

AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute is working to pilot innovative approaches to quickly, but rigorously identify and communicate evidence to inform public and private decision-making. This poster gives an overview of the Institute’s work and early lessons learned in getting research into the hands of policy makers at the right time, on the right topic, and in an accessible format.