Linnea Warren May

Linnea Warren May
Associate Policy Researcher


M.P.H. in health behavior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health; B.S. in biology and psychology, University of Pittsburgh

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Linnea Warren May (she/her) is an associate policy researcher at RAND with expertise at the nexus of health, social equity, environment, and infrastructure. She has over ten years of experience applying qualitative, mixed-methods, and community-engaged approaches to policy analysis and dissemination, researching and partnering with diverse stakeholders to understand how data, analysis, and visualization can be used for decisionmaking. She has experience in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, workshop and training development, and strategic planning. She has applied these methods to projects on structural racism and environmental justice; health and equity measures and indicators development at the national and local scales; city resilience and equitable disaster recovery planning; residential flooding experiences and perceptions; and qualitatively exploring barriers, facilitators, and lessons learned for how diverse U.S. communities promote health, well-being, and equity.

Before joining RAND, Warren May worked at a health communications marketing agency. She has also worked in tobacco policy and community engagement for HIV prevention. Warren May earned her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in health behavior and her B.S. in biology and psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Selected Publications

Warren May, L., Yeung, D., Bugliari, D., & Chandra, A., "Preparing for the next pandemic: Has COVID-19 changed American attitudes?" Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2023

Warren May, L., Lanna, S., Fischbach, J., Bongard, M.,… Bowling, J., Pittsburgh Equity Indicators: A progress update on the state of equity in Pittsburgh. Annual Report 2018., City of Pittsburgh, 2019

Finucane, Melissa L., Linnea Warren May, and Joan Chang, A Scoping Literature Review on Indicators and Metrics for Assessing Racial Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery, RAND Corporation (RR-A1083-1), 2021

Zaber, Melanie A., Linnea Warren May, Tobias Sytsma, Brian Phillips, Stephanie J. Walsh, Rosemary Li, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Jeffrey B. Wenger, Éder M. Sousa, and Jessica Arana, Assessing Pittsburgh's Science- and Technology-Focused Workforce Ecosystem, RAND Corporation (RR-A1882-1), 2023

Towe, V., Warren May, L., Huang, W., Martin, L., Carman, K., Miller, C., & Chandra, A., "Drivers of differential views of health equity in the U.S.: Is the U.S. ready to make progress? Results from the 2018 National Survey of Health Attitudes," BMC Public Health, 2020

Warren May, Linnea, Jordan R. Fischbach, and Michele Abbott, Informing Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Water, RAND Corporation (PE-247-RC), 2017

Fischbach, Jordan R., Linnea Warren May, Katie Whipkey, Shoshana R. Shelton, Christine Anne Vaughan, Devin Tierney, Kristin J. Leuschner, Lisa S. Meredith, and Hilary J. Peterson, After Hurricane Maria: Predisaster Conditions, Hurricane Damage, and Recovery Needs in Puerto Rico, RAND Corporation (RR-2595-DHS), 2020

Dubowitz, T., Orleans, T., Nelson, C., Warren May, L., Sloan, J. C., & Chandra, A., "Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities By Improving Governance And Policy," Health Affairs, 35(11), 2016