Michal Smith-Mello is a 15-year veteran of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center, a state agency whose mission is that of informing policymakers and the public about the problems and opportunities trends suggest for the future of the Commonwealth. During her tenure with the agency, Ms. Mello served as a Senior Policy Analyst, conducting research and acting as the agency’s principal writer, editor, and manager of publications. Ms. Mello also monitored health care policy developments and researched and wrote about health and health care extensively. She created the Center’s periodic publication, Foresight, and co-authored biennial trends reports and stand-alone reports on a wide range of issues, including health care reform, the status of women’s health, and the certificate of need process.
She also served as a principal on the Kentucky’s State Planning Grant, preparing reports on findings to be issued to federal funders and state policymakers and citizens. Ms. Mello has held a number of editorial and research posts, including work on a multi-year study of health and safety in the petrochemical industry for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Agency and studies of cooperative labor-management arrangements in the manufacturing sector for the U.S. Department of Labor. Now retired, Ms. Mello and her husband, Frankfort attorney Scott Mello, reside in Frankfort.