Dr. Michele Kiely, a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist with a deep commitment to public health, has been appointed as the first associate dean for research at the CUNY School of Public Health. Dr. Kiely is an established researcher in the field of health disparities, with a special interest in reduction of infant mortality and of intimate partner violence. Her experience reflects a broad range of pediatric and obstetric health issues — including disabilities in children, health care access and utilization in mothers and children; and investigations of a randomized controlled trial to improve risk factors, thus improving pregnancy outcomes among high-risk minority women.
Dr. Kiely brings a wealth of experience to the job. She joined the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 2002, when she was chosen to run the NIH-DC Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality in Minority Populations, conducting community-based interventions with pregnant women and new mothers in underserved communities. From 2005 to 2008, she was a Senior Visiting Scientist in the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. All activities relating to children were her responsibility, including the Surgeon General’s Year of the Healthy Child, serving as liaison to the Department of Justice’s initiative on health care for incarcerated youth. She organized the congressionally mandated Surgeon General’s conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth. From 2001 to 2007, she was one of two American Co-Editors of the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.
From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Kiely was an associate professor of general and community pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was also executive director of the Center for the Promotion of Life Long Health and director of the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, a practice based research network.
From 1990 to 1999, Dr. Kiely was the chief epidemiologist at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and Services Administration. In that capacity, she was responsible for a broad range of data activities: the priority area contact for Healthy People 2000 for Maternal and Infant Health, fetal and infant death reviews, and several distinct projects whose goal was to improve analytic capacity of persons working in state maternal and child health programs. She was responsible for the production of Child Health, USA, a congressionally mandated data book produced for the lay public. During her last four years at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau she worked on the issue of early discharge of mothers and newborns from the hospital; moving the science forward, building consensus within the Department of Health and Human Services. Her work on the topic provided information to Congress that led to the passage of the Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act, which guarantees insurance companies will pay for two days in the hospital for mothers and their newborns.