Carley Riley, MD, MPH, MPP

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Home Institution: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Field: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Current Positions:

My Driving Question

How can we develop measures to identify drivers and inequities of well-being to inform smart policies and healthcare for all?

Fellow Project

As defined by the World Health Organization in 1948, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Until recently, however, we have lacked the necessary data to study the well-being of the nation and how it varies geographically, over time, and across subpopulations. Instead, for decades, researchers have studied variations and trends in mortality, disease states, and healthcare utilization as proxies for the health of our nation. Now, with access to ten years of national data, there is the potential to describe the well-being of the U.S. population over a decade and for various subpopulations.

As a Nova Fellow, Carley Riley, MD, MPP, MHS and her research partner at Yale University, Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS, are examining the current state of well-being in the U.S. and trends and geographic variation in well-being over a ten-year period, and the state of well-being (and inequities in well-being) for various subpopulations. These results will provide healthcare providers and systems, public health organizations, policymakers, and other stakeholders with an understanding of the true health of our nation. 

Biography 

Carley Riley, MD, MPP, MHS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Riley aims to generate actionable knowledge to inform multi-sector interventions to foster creation of high well-being populations. She aims to encourage a paradigm shift in how health and health creation are viewed, with research in healthcare and non-healthcare investments in health and well-being, including social determinants of health as a central feature, with projects from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to the community.

Dr. Riley is actively involved in multiple national endeavors and organizations. She is a principal investigator within the Collective Well-being and Equity Learning Lab (Collective WELL), with research partnerships with Yale University Center on Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Gallup, and Sharecare, Inc. Within the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Riley is currently a metrics consultant and researcher for 100 Million Healthier Lives. Locally, Dr. Riley serves as lead of the Place Based Improvement Team of the All Children Thrive Learning Network Cincinnati.

Education and Training
  • Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Clinical Fellow, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Chief Resident, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Resident, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Intern, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • MHS, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • MPP, UCLA, School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA
  • MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • BA, English Literature, Northwestern University, College of Arts & Sciences, Evanston, IL
Selected Honors
  • Co-author, Editor in Chief Review Article of the Year, American Journal of Health Promotion, 2019
  • Research Team Award, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, 2018
  • Best Abstract Award, Co-Production Conference, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Med Center, 2017
  • Quality Improvement Poster Award, CCTST, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2016
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2015
  • AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship in Child Health Policy, Washington DC, 2014
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2014
  • Fellow Teacher of the Year, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
  • General Pediatric Service Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
  • Community Pediatrics & Advocacy Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
  • Frances Nunnally Winzer Scholar Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Scholarship, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • Phi Rho Sigma Dennis Award for Outstanding Jr. Year Performance, Northwestern Univ., Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation Fellowship in Non-Profit Leadership & Management, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2003
  • Julius Conn Award, Outstanding Performance, Dept. of Surgery, Northwestern Univ., Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2002
Selected Publications