Thomas R. Oliver

University of Wisconsin—Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health

610 Walnut St., Room 760C WARF
Madison, WI
USA
53726
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Professor Oliver's research examines critical issues in health care politics, policy, and system reform. His work includes studies of state and national health care reforms; the evolution of Medicare policy; strategies used by foundations to influence health policy; and, more generally, the role of leadership in health policy innovation. He has focused much of his work on how ideas—whether specific concepts, evidence-based analysis, or paradigm shifts—are translated into action through leadership and institutional dynamics. Currently, he is studying the critical roles of intersectoral governance, leadership, and partnerships in strategies for population health improvement in the U.S. and other countries.

Citation:
Zahner, Susan J., Thomas R. Oliver, and Kirstin Q. Siemering. 2014. “The Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health Partnership Study: Multi-sector Partnerships in U.S. Counties with Improving Health Metrics.” Preventing Chronic Disease 11:130.
DOI: 10.5888/pcd11.130103.
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Mayes, Rick and Thomas R. Oliver. 2012. “Chronic Disease and the Shifting Focus of Public Health: Is Prevention Still a Political Lightweight?” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 37:181-200.
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Oliver, Thomas R. 2011. “Health Care Reform as a Halfway Technology.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36: 603-9.
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Shickle, Darren, Matthew Day, Kevin Smith, Kenneth Zakariasen, Jacob Moskol, Thomas Oliver. 2014. “Mind the Public Health Leadership Gap: Identifying Leaders for Public Health.” Journal of Public Health.
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdu003
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Oliver, Thomas R., ed. 2014. Guide to U.S. Health and Healthcare Policy. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Citation:
Oliver, Thomas R. 2011. “Medicare.” In Paul J. Quirk and William Cunion, eds. Governing America: Major Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Governments from 1789 to the Present. New York: Facts on File, pp. 651-61.
Citation:
Oliver, Thomas R. 2010. "Population Health Rankings as Policy Indicators and Performance Measures." Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy 7 (5).

Substantive Focus:
Health Policy PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History SECONDARY
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation
Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Keywords

HEALTH POLICY PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICARE HEALTH CARE REFORM COMPARATIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS