Linnea Warren May

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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 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, 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 non-government 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
  • Developing a Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico
  • Surgo / RAND COVID-19 Research Collaboration: Vulnerability and Testing Access in Allegheny County

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, L., Fischbach, J.R., & Abbott, M., Informing Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Water, RAND Corporation (PE-247-RC), 2017

Fischbach, J.R., Warren May, L., Whipkey, K., Shelton, S.R., Vaughan, C.A., Tierney, D., Leuschner, K.J., Meredith, L.S., Peterson, H.J., After Hurricane Maria: Predisaster Conditions, Hurricane Damage, and Recovery Needs in Puerto Rico, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center operated by the RAND Corporation (RR-2595-DHS), 2020

Martin, L.T., Warren May, L., Weilant, S., Acosta, J.D., & Chandra, A., How Cultural Alignment and the Use of Incentives Can Promote a Culture of Health, 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


  • Dieumeeci Ufitimana, (C) signs up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, July 23, 2021, photo by Octavio Jones/Reuters

    Equitable Data Analysis: Lessons from a COVID-19 Research Collaborative

    The health inequities exposed by COVID-19 underscored the importance of collecting race-stratified data to inform local policymakers. For the public health researchers trying to provide that, the pandemic also revealed some major pitfalls, especially about relying on open-source data.

    Jul 27, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Filling up a glass with water from a kitchen faucet

    Getting the Lead Out of Pittsburgh's Water

    Without an aggressive long-term strategy for replacing service lines, and collaboration among the water authority, public officials, and residents, lead in Pittsburgh's water will persist.

    Jul 3, 2017 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Group of women exercising and using their cell phones

    What 32 Million Tweets Tell Us About Health and the Twitterverse

    Health-related posts and conversations on Twitter shed light on the public's views on obesity, exercise and fitness, safe sex, alcohol, and mental health. Will such discussion increase in communities where health and wellness programs are put in place?

    Jan 26, 2017 The Health Care Blog

  • Linnea Warren May and Jennifer Sloan

    What If Being a Leader in Public Health Is About More Than Just Health?

    Public health leaders should be able to articulate the business case for their work and should have the skills to work with others outside the health sector. Schools could help by preparing students to think beyond the traditional boundaries of public health.

    Nov 17, 2016 The RAND Blog