Linnea Warren May

Linnea Warren May
Associate Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


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 the RAND Corporation. She has worked on projects related to building a culture of health, city resilience planning, integrating data to assess well-being and social equity, workforce development, patient experience with health care, disaster recovery, and military mental health and health systems. Her Pittsburgh-based work focuses on the nexus of health, social equity, environment, and infrastructure, partnering with government and nongovernment stakeholders to use data and analysis for decisionmaking. She has experience in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, workshop and training development, and strategic planning. 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.

Recent Projects

  • Development of a culture of health
  • Developing the City of Pittsburgh's Resilience Strategy
  • Identifying and analyzing Equality Indicators for Pittsburgh
  • Surgo / RAND COVID-19 Research Collaboration: Vulnerability and Testing Access in Allegheny County
  • The Science- and Technology-Focused Workforce Ecosystem: An Analysis of the Pittsburgh Region

Selected Publications

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

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

Martin, Laurie T., Linnea Warren May, Sarah Weilant, Joie D. Acosta, and Anita Chandra, How Cultural Alignment and the Use of Incentives Can Promote a Culture of Health: Stakeholder Perspectives, RAND Corporation (RR-1889-RWJ), 2017

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

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, 2015, JIE, RAND Corporation
  • Spotlight Award, 2016, Health, RAND Corporation
  • Bronze Medal Award, 2018, RAND Corporation