M.P.H., Emory University
M.U.P., University of Louisville
B.S., Emory University
Jimmy Dills is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC). He works to improve public health by advancing a Health in All Policies perspective of decision-making. His areas of expertise are systems thinking, health impact assessment (HIA), and healthy community design.
At GHPC, Dills leads several maternal and child health (MCH) projects, including management of GHPC contributions to the National MCH Workforce Development Center, the National Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center, and the Maternal Telehealth Access Project. He also leads work on several HIA projects and the provision of training and technical assistance to local, state, and national partners related to Health in All Policies. Recently, his projects have focused on integrating health into affordable housing policies and practice, providing technical assistance to HIA teams in Kentucky and Mississippi, and supporting CDC’s Policy Implementation Lab aimed at increasing uptake of the Earned Income Tax Credit as an approach to population health improvement. He also supports GHPC’s work with Georgia’s Multi-Stakeholder Opioid and Substance Use Response Plan, led by the state Department of Public Health, and is a technical assistance provider for Georgia Shape grantees implementing nutrition and physical activity strategies in schools across the state.
Dills serves on the steering committees for the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment and the Georgia Healthy Homes Coalition. He is also a frequent guest lecturer on built environment and health topics at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning.