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Michelle Marie Levy

Research Project Director
iPEPR Research Affiliate/Investigator, University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing
Primary office:
Watkins Home
Room 210


Michelle Levy is a Research Project Director who has worked in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas since 1999. She currently serves as Director of the Integrated Health Scholars Program and the Kansas Serves Native American Families initiative. She has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on nearly 20 funded studies in behavioral health, child and family services, social work education, and workforce development. Before joining the School, she spent her early social work career providing public health education and therapeutic foster care. She received her BSW from KU and her AM in Social Service Administration with a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago.


MA, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
BS, Social Work with Distinction, University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare

Research Interests

  • Behavioral health workforce development
  • Integrated primary and behavioral health care
  • Rural, frontier and tribal communities
  • Interprofessional education
  • Social determinants of health

Selected Publications

Cui, H., Spreckelmeyer, K., Mendenhall, A., Li, D., Homes, C., & Levy, M. (2018). A regional survey on residents’ preferences on Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) design in rural areas [Journal Articles]. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. Published.
Levy, M., Holmes, C., & Mariscal, S. (2018). Engaging migrant and seasonal farmworkers in identifying motivators, facilitators, and barriers to health care: Literature review.  [Reports].
Holmes, C., Mariscal, S., & Levy, M. (2018). Serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers: Exploring needed healthcare research and information [Reports].
Levy, M., Holmes, C., Mendenhall, A., & Grube, W. (2017). Engaging rural residents in patient-centered health care research. [Journal Articles]. Patient Experience Journal, 4(1), 46–53.
Holmes, C., Levy, M., & Boyd, C. (2017). Exploring social work preparation for integrated behavioral health care [Reports].
Johnson Motoyama, M., Moses, M., Koloroutis Kann, T., Mariscal, S., Levy, M., Navarro, C., & Fite, P. (2016). Parent, teacher, and school stakeholder perspectives on adolescent pregnancy prevention programming for Latino youth. [Journal Articles]. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 37, 513–525.
Levy, M. (2015). An overview of the Patient-Centered Medical Home for rural patients, caregivers, and healthcare stakeholders [Other].
Holmes, C., Levy, M., Smith, A., Pinne, S., & Neese, P. (2014). A model for creating a supportive trauma-informed culture for children in preschool settings [Journal Articles]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1650–1659.
Acquavita, S., Lee, B., Levy, M., Holmes, C., Sacco, P., & Harley, D. (accepted/in press). Preparing Master of Social Work students for interprofessional practice. [Journal Articles]. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

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Selected Presentations

Levy, M. (3/5/2020). Cultural competency and disproportionality. Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program, Annual Grantee Meeting. Washington, D.C
Levy, M., & Mendenhall, A. (3/4/2020). Measuring fidelity to well-specified program models. Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program, Annual Grantee Meeting. Washington, D.C
Levy, M., & Ramirez, L. (10/31/2019). Equity and justice in community-engaged research. Research Conversations. University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
Levy, M., Boyd, C., & Carr, K. (10/31/2019). Interprofessional education and social work: Preparing students and promoting the profession. Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO
Levy, M. (10/31/2019). Strengthening Native families. Region 7 Child Welfare Administrators Meeting, Administration for Children & Families. Kansas City, MO
Levy, M., Johnston, K., Randolph, S., Boyd, C., & Shrader, S. (9/30/2019). It takes a village: Growing a pipeline through innovation and collaboration. National 3RNet Annual Conference. Wichita, KS
Levy, M., & Mendenhall, A. (4/23/2019). Engaging stakeholders in your evaluation. Regional Partnership Grant Program Annual Grantee Meeting. Washington, DC
Levy, M. (4/30/2019). Integrated Health Scholars Program. Navigating Rural Health Resources. Webinar
Holmes, C., Gladney, S., Levy, M., Reid, E., & Uland, K. (2/21/2019). Engaging migrant and seasonal farmworkers in healthcare research. Research Impact Talk. University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Overland Park, KS
Levy, M. (7/31/2018). Educating social workers for health care practice. Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, Mo-Kan Chapter. Overland Park, KS
Levy, M., Toland, D., Jones, J., & Jones, L. (4/30/2018). Examining social determinants of health from rural and urban community perspectives. Kansas Center for Cultural Competency Advancement. Webinar
Levy, M., Holmes, C., & Boyd, C. (3/31/2018). Preparing Master’s level social work graduates for integrated behavioral health. Sunflower Foundation Integrated Care Learning Collaborative. Topeka, KS
Lee, B., Aquavita, S., & Levy, M. (12/31/2018). Preparing MSW students for interprofessional practice: Three programs share lessons learned. Council on Social Work Education 64th Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, FL
Levy, M., Holmes, C., & Boyd, C. (9/30/2017). Preparing the behavioral health workforce for integrated care in rural communities. 2017 HRSA Virtual Behavioral Health Workforce Development Conference
Johnston, K., Shrader, S., Levy, M., & Zaudke, J. (9/30/2017). Team-based approaches to health equity. Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved Annual Conference. Manhattan, KS
Grube, W., Mendenhall, A., Holmes, C., & Levy, M. (1/31/2017). Exploring patient centered care in a rural context: The relationship between rural residents’ age and components of the Patient Centered Medical Home model. Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana
Holmes, C., Levy, M., & Mendenhall, A. (10/31/2015). Rural engagement to enhance patient-centered care. PCORI Annual Conference. Washington, DC
Gibson, C., Holmes, C., & Levy, M. (7/31/2015). A healthcare foundation’s journey to explore rural culture. Creating a Culture of Health: Advocating for Diversity & Equity in Nursing. Overland Park, Kansas
Levy, M., & Lieberman, A. (9/30/2012). Evidence-based strategies for improving child welfare performance, staff retention, and client outcomes. International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect. Istanbul, Turkey

Selected Grants

Kansas Serves Native American Families. US Dept of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau. $2277974.00. (10/1/2018 - 9/29/2022). Federal. Status: Funded
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. Health Resources & Serv. Admin. $1848800.00. (9/30/2017 - 8/31/2018). Federal. Status: Funded
Engaging Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Healthcare Research. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Inst.. $141661.73. (3/1/2017 - 2/28/2018). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
Behavioral Health Scholars Program. Health Resources & Serv. Admin. $1144712.00. (9/30/2016 - 9/29/2017). Federal. Status: Funded
Kansas Workforce Initiative. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. $2500000.00. Submitted 1/1/2008 (1/1/2008 - 12/31/2014). Federal. Status: Funded
Rural Cultural Competency. REACH Healthcare Foundation. $16259.00. (12/31/2013). Foundation. Status: Funded
Native American Scholars Program. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. $375000.00. (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2008). Federal. Status: Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

Academic Excellence Award
American Public Human Services Association

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