Positions

Overview

  • Matthew Fifolt, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serves as the Co-Director of the Survey Research Unit and Assistant Director of the Applied Evaluation and Assessment Collaborative. Dr. Fifolt is Principal Investigator of numerous state and federal grants and cooperative agreements including the Alabama Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS); Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Alabama Medicaid and ALLKids; National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD); Alabama Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Systems (PRAMS); the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA).

    Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serves as the CQI state lead for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, and lead evaluator of the Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control; Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Program – Behavioral Health Integration II; Advanced Nursing Education Workforce; Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program; and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program – RNs in Primary Care. Dr. Fifolt's research interests include program and quality improvement

    Dr. Fifolt holds a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama (2006); a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina (1995); and bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University (1993).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Disaster preparedness: An interprofessional student incident command system simulation 2022
    2022 Exploring the Preliminary Steps of One County Health Department to Manage the COVID-19 Pandemic.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice2022
    2022 The Association of COVID-19 on Organizational Attitudes in Primary Care Among Interprofessional Practice ClinicsJournal of Ambulatory Care Management.  45:95-104. 2022
    2022 Addressing Maternal Depression Through Home Visiting: One State's Experience With a Breakthrough Series Collaborative. 2022
    2022 Examining the Built Environment for Healthy Living via Virtual Street Audits 2022
    2022 Patient and Provider Perspectives on HIV Stigma in Healthcare Settings in Underserved Areas of the US South: A Mixed Methods StudyAIDS and Behavior.  26:112-124. 2022
    2022 Reconsidering the “Place” in Field PlacementHealth Promotion Practice2022
    2021 Pain assessment in pediatric emergency departments: A national surveyPediatric Emergency Care.  37:E1145-E1149. 2021
    2021 Re-Validation of the COmprehensive Score for Financial Toxicity (COST): Assessing the Scale’s Utility in Chronic Disease Populations 2021
    2021 Survey of COVID-19 impact on pediatric urology servicesCanadian Journal of Urology.  28:10834-10840. 2021
    2021 Patient and Provider Perspectives on Glaucoma Treatment Adherence: A Delphi Study in Urban AlabamaOptometry and Vision Science.  98:1085-1093. 2021
    2021 Using Quality Improvement for Refining Program Materials for Exercise Promotion in Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis CareJournal for Healthcare Quality.  43:249-258. 2021
    2021 A Review of Unsolicited Comments on the CAHPS 5.0 Health Plan SurveyJournal of Patient Experience.  8. 2021
    2021 Advancing quality improvement in public health by exploring cqi in alabama's home visiting programJournal of Public Health Management and Practice2021
    2021 Building Cultural Competency among Emerging Public Health Professionals: Student Experiences in Panama 2021
    2021 Infectious Disease Hospital Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the 2019 Measles OutbreakDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness2021
    2021 Models and materials for exercise promotion in comprehensive multiple sclerosis care: completion of the ‘exercise in medicine’ development processDisability and Rehabilitation2021
    2021 Practice Transformation in HIV Primary Care: Perspectives of Coaches and Champions in the Southeast United StatesJournal of Primary Care and Community Health.  12. 2021
    2021 Using Interprofessional Simulation to Enhance Student Knowledge and Promote Collaborative Practice in Disaster ManagementPedagogy in Health Promotion2021
    2020 The persistence of reading and math proficiency: the benefits of Alabama’s pre-kindergarten program endure in elementary and middle schoolInternational Journal of Child Care and Education Policy.  14. 2020
    2020 Connecting Public Health Students to Rural and Underserved Areas: Promoting Health Equity Through Field Placement ExperiencesHealth Promotion Practice.  21:535-543. 2020
    2020 Evaluation of a Conceptual Model Regarding Exercise Promotion Through the Patient–Provider Interaction in Multiple Sclerosis: Health Care Provider PerspectivesQualitative Health Research.  30:1262-1274. 2020
    2020 Improving Asthma Conditions for Children and Adolescents by Expanding the Statewide Learning Collaborative Model through Health Homes 2020
    2020 Advancing Public Health Education Through Place-Based Learning: “On the Road in the Deep South”Pedagogy in Health Promotion.  6:102-112. 2020
    2020 Pediatric dental care use and parent- or caregiver-rated oral health among Alabama children enrolled in MedicaidJournal of the American Dental Association.  151:416-426. 2020
    2020 Exercise behaviors of persons with multiple sclerosis through the stepwise implementation lens of social cognitive theoryDisability and Rehabilitation.  42:948-956. 2020
    2020 The priorities of neurologists for exercise promotion in comprehensive multiple sclerosis careMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.  38. 2020
    2019 Using Continuous Quality Improvement Tools to Promote Tobacco Cessation among Primary Caregivers in a Home Visiting Program in AlabamaJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  25:543-546. 2019
    2019 Life after Trauma: A Survey of Level 1 Trauma Centers Regarding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder 2019
    2019 Medication-Taking Behaviors and Perceptions Among Adults With Heart Failure (from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke Study)American Journal of Cardiology.  123:1667-1674. 2019
    2019 Using simulation to teach biosafety and interprofessional principles to underrepresented students interested in healthcare professionsJournal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity.  12:46-57. 2019
    2019 Engaging K-8 Students through Inquiry-based Learning and School FarmsJournal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.  24:92-108. 2019
    2019 Evaluation of a conceptual model to guide health care providers in promoting exercise among persons with multiple sclerosisAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly.  36:109-131. 2019
    2018 Exploring Student Experiences With the Cohort Model in an Executive EdD Program in the Southeastern United StatesJournal of Continuing Higher Education.  66:158-169. 2018
    2018 Promoting school connectedness among minority youth through experience-based urban farmingJournal of Experiential Education.  41:187-203. 2018
    2018 Promotion of Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis Through Health Care ProvidersExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.  46:105-111. 2018
    2018 Exploring employee perceptions of Six Sigma as a change management program in higher educationJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management.  40:81-93. 2018
    2017 Retention and attrition in a home visiting programme: looking back and moving forwardEarly Child Development and Care.  187:1782-1794. 2017
    2017 Providing primary care using an interprofessional collaborative practice model: What clinicians have learnedJournal of Professional Nursing.  33:410-416. 2017
    2017 Promotion of exercise in multiple sclerosis through health care providers: Conceptual model, driver diagrams, and next steps 2017
    2017 Impact of elective versus required medical school research experiences on career outcomesJournal of Investigative Medicine.  65:942-948. 2017
    2017 Addressing the Needs of Adults and Children with Disabilities through Emergency Preparedness and Organizational ImprovisationNonprofit Management and Leadership.  27:423-434. 2017
    2017 Mississippi Medical Reserve Corps: Moving Mississippi from Emergency Planning to Response ReadyJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:47-53. 2017
    2017 Man Versus Machine: Comparing Double Data Entry and Optical Mark Recognition for Processing CAHPS Survey Data 2017
    2017 Promoting continuous quality improvement in the Alabama child health improvement alliance through Q-sort methodology and learning collaboratives 2017
    2017 Student Success Survey: Supporting Academic Success for At-Risk Nursing Students Through Early InterventionNurse Educator.  42:33-37. 2017
    2017 The Fragile Balance of Community-Based Health Care: One Community's United Response When the HIV/AIDS Primary Care Safety Net FailedJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:507-514. 2017
    2016 Strengthening Emergency Preparedness in Higher Education through Hazard Vulnerability AnalysisCollege & University Journal.  91:61-68. 2016
    2016 Identifying Continuous Quality Improvement Priorities in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home VisitingJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  22:E12-E20. 2016
    2015 Assistant Principals’ Perceptions Regarding the Role and the Effectiveness of an Educational Leadership ProgramInternational Journal of Higher Education.  5. 2015
    2015 Bringing community and academic scholars together to facilitate and conduct authentic community based participatory research: Project UNITEDInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  13. 2015
    2015 Mission, vision, values, and goals: An exploration of key organizational statements and daily practice in schoolsJournal of Educational Change.  16:217-242. 2015
    2015 Perceptions and experiences of K-12 educational leaders in response to the 27 April 2011 tornadoesSchool Leadership and Management.  35:215-235. 2015
    2015 Addressing the multiplicity of roles of the assistant principal: Insights from the fieldJournal of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  3:135-147. 2015
    2015 Maintaining a strong collaborative community in the early dissertation-writing process: Reflections on program interventionsJournal of Continuing Higher Education.  63:44-50. 2015
    2014 An examination of the relationship between candidate support providers and candidates pursuing National Board CertificationDelta Journal of Education.  4:89-103. 2014
    2014 Assessing needs and resources for the home visiting system in alabama: A mixed methods approachMaternal and Child Health Journal.  18:1075-1084. 2014
    2014 Bridging STEM professions for McNair Scholars through faculty mentoring and academic preparationCollege & University.  89:24-33. 2014
    2014 Connecting institutional goals with measurable outcomes: Lessons from an academic realignment initiativePlanning for Higher Education.  42:13-22. 2014
    2014 Perceptions of school leaders and high school teachers regarding the Professional Learning Community model to support adult learningJournal of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  1:50-65. 2014
    2013 A Geospatial Mixed Methods Approach to Assessing Campus Safety 2013
    2013 Academic Advising and First-Generation College Students: A Quantitative Study on Student RetentionNacada Journal.  33:46-53. 2013
    2013 Applying qualitative techniques to assessment in student affairsAssessment Update: Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education.  25:5-12. 2013
    2011 Catalyst for change: How student affairs and institutional research found a shared mission through collaborationDevelopments.  9. 2011
    2011 Mentoring Latinos in STEM: Transforming struggling co-op students into savvy professionalsJournal of Cooperative Education and Internships.  45:53-65. 2011
    2011 Playing to your strengths: Appreciative inquiry in the visioning processCollege & University.  87:37-40. 2011
    2011 Re-invigorate your strategic planning process: Appreciative inquiry promotes collaborationLeadership Exchange: Solutions for Student Affairs Management.  9:40-40. 2011
    2010 Mentoring in cooperative education and internships: Preparing proteges for STEM professionsJounral of STEM Education: Innovations and Research.  11:17-26. 2010
    2010 Navigating the personal-professional divide in student affairs: Moving beyond the middleNetResults: Critical Issues for Student Affairs Practitioners.  Online. 2010
    2010 Service beyond silos: Analyzing data trends to inform the one-stop modelCollege & University.  85:81-86. 2010
    2010 Using technology, case studies, and experiential learning to engage freshmen: A collaboration between student affairs and freshmen learning communitiesJournal of Learning Communities Research.  5:27-29. 2010
    2008 Differential experiences of women and minority engineering students in a cooperative education programJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.  14:253-267. 2008
    Assessment in Student Affairs: A focus on functional units - Part IDevelopments.  10.

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 What is Needs Assessment?.  284-285. 2018
    2018 The fragile balance of community-based healthcare: One community’s united response when the HIV primary care safety net failed.  169-184. 2018
    2013 Chapter 4: Analyzing data.  39-46. 2013
    2013 Cultivating change using appreciative inquiry.  19-28. 2013

    Teaching Activities

  • COP011 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Fall Term 2007)
  • COP011 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Fall Term 2008)
  • COP011 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Spring Term 2008)
  • COP011 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Summer Term 2008)
  • COP012 - Co-Op Work Program Part-Time (Fall Term 2007)
  • COP012 - Co-Op Work Program Part-Time (Fall Term 2008)
  • COP012 - Co-Op Work Program Part-Time (Spring Term 2008)
  • COP012 - Co-Op Work Program Part-Time (Spring Term 2009)
  • COP012 - Co-Op Work Program Part-Time (Summer Term 2008)
  • COP021 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Fall Term 2008)
  • COP021 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Spring Term 2008)
  • COP021 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Spring Term 2009)
  • COP021 - Co-Op Work Program Full-Time (Summer Term 2008)
  • EDL705 - Mgt of Educ Progs and Services (Spring Term 2010)
  • EDL705 - Mgt of Educ Progs and Services (Summer Term 2008)
  • EDL705 - Mgt of Educ Progs and Services (Summer Term 2009)
  • EDL720 - Field Project Educ Leadership (Fall Term 2017)
  • EDL720 - Field Project Educ Leadership (Fall Term 2019)
  • EDL720 - Proposal Writing (Fall Term 2021)
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2012)
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2012)
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2014)
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2012)
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2012)
  • HCO600 - Intro Publ Hlth Sys/Pop-Based (Summer Term 2017)
  • HCO609 - Needs Assess. Program Planning (Spring Term 2018)
  • HCO609 - Needs Assess. Program Planning (Spring Term 2019)
  • HCO609 - Needs Assess. Program Planning (Spring Term 2020)
  • HCO609Q - Needs Assess. Program Planning (Spring Term 2018)
  • HCO609Q - Needs Assmt & Prog Plan Online (Spring Term 2019)
  • HCO609Q - Needs Assmt & Prog Plan Online (Spring Term 2020)
  • HCO625 - Adv. Leadership/Prac MCH Pt. I (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCO625Q - Adv. Leadership/Prac MCH Pt. 1 (Fall Term 2018)
  • HCO625Q - Adv. Leadership/Prac MCH Pt. 1 (Fall Term 2019)
  • HCO626 - Advanc Ldrshp Prac MCH II (Spring Term 2021)
  • HCO626Q - Adv Leadership/Prac MCH Pt. II (Spring Term 2018)
  • HCO626Q - Adv Leadership/Prac MCH Pt. II (Spring Term 2019)
  • HCO626Q - Adv Leadership/Prac MCH Pt. II (Spring Term 2020)
  • HCO670 - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Fall Term 2019)
  • HCO670 - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCO670 - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCO670 - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Fall Term 2021)
  • HCO670 - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Spring Term 2021)
  • HCO670 - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Spring Term 2022)
  • HCO670Q - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Fall Term 2019)
  • HCO670Q - Soc/Ethic Issues in Pub Health (Spring Term 2020)
  • HCO695 - Health Care Organization Sem (Spring Term 2017)
  • HCO695 - Health Care Organization Sem (Spring Term 2017)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Fall Term 2018)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Fall Term 2019)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Spring Term 2019)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Summer Term 2019)
  • HCO697 - Internship (Summer Term 2021)
  • HCO697Q - Internship Online (Fall Term 2019)
  • HCO697Q - Internship Online (Summer Term 2019)
  • PUH606 - Public Health Leadership (Spring Term 2021)
  • PUH606 - Public Health Leadership (Spring Term 2022)
  • PUH606 - Public Health Leadership (Summer Term 2021)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Fall Term 2021)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Fall Term 2021)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2022)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2022)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2006
  • Master of Education in Student Counseling and Personnel Services, University of South Carolina System : Columbia 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication/General, Valparaiso University 1993
  • Full Name

  • Matthew Fifolt