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Senior Associate
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Contact Info

Research Interests

Advocacy Instruction in Schools and Programs of Public Health
Equitable approaches to public health advocacy

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Pittsburgh
Univeristy of Pittsburgh

Glenn is a passionate, strategic and skilled public health leader with extensive experience managing successful advocacy campaigns that improve lives. At the Horizon Foundation, Glenn leads a talented program and policy team that oversees diverse community initiatives such as the Howard County Equity Collaborative, Healthier Choices Coalition, Support Human Campaign, Speak(easy) Howard, Streets for All, and the Mental Health Matters Coalition just to name a few.

These initiatives are working to improve health. For example, Howard County Unsweetened and Sugar Free Kids Maryland have successfully advocated for policies that make healthier food and drinks more widely available at parks, schools, government offices, community organizations and child care facilities. Nationally published peer-reviewed research found that local sugary drink sales have declined by 30 percent in Howard County due to these campaigns. 

At the Lerner Center for Public Health Advocacy, Glenn is the Director of the Public Health Advocacy Consensus Task Force (PH-ACT) and it's National Consensus on Advocacy Instruction. In this role, Glenn and the Lerner Center team are working with the de Beaumont Foundation, in collaboration with other national and state public health organizations to 1) Gain consensus on the definition of public health advocacy;  2) Identify the essential advocacy skills needed to operationalize it; and 3) Draft guidance that could help schools and programs. Learn more here.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Glenn was a national consultant, executive director, community organizer, grassroots strategist and policy director in the government and nonprofit sectors. His work resulted in more than 35 new state and local laws and regulations across the nation that increased access to health care, protected the public’s health, raised tobacco prices, created smoke-free public places and cut youth access to tobacco.

Locally, Glenn spearheaded efforts to make all Howard County public places smoke-free, pass the nation’s first regulations prohibiting youth access to indoor tanning beds, and make healthy food and beverages more widely available on government property, school property, and in childcare facilities. He's also helped ensure millions of dollars in local public health investments and was a co-creator of the Healthy Howard Health Plan, a nationally-acclaimed health care access program for the uninsured.

Glenn is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer and his work is featured in the book The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will into Political Power. Glenn has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was named a Distinguished Graduate in 2002. He's currently a public health doctoral student at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He and his wife, Janice, live in Columbia and are the proud parents of two young men, Eric and Evan.  

Honors & Awards

2020 Co-Awardee, Human Rights Award, Howard County Human Rights Commission (for Horizon 
Foundation equity work) 

2018 Co-Awardee, Public Policy Award, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (for 
Howard County Unsweetened and Sugar Free Kids Maryland) 

2017 Co-Awardee, Child Advocate Award, Maryland Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland Chapter (for 
Horizon Foundation obesity prevention work) 

2011 Commissioner, Maryland Health Care Commission (appointed by Governor Martin J. O’Malley) 

2011 Healthy Living Innovation Award – Health Care Delivery System, U.S. Department of Health and 
 Human Services (Healthy Howard Health Plan) 

2010 Bright Ideas Award, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy 
 School of Government, Harvard University (Healthy Howard Health Plan) 

2008 Co-Awardee, Maryland Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award (Healthy Howard Health Plan)

2008 Co-Awardee, Innovation in Public Service - Local Government (Howard County Health 
 Department for Healthy Howard Initiative), Maryland Society for Public Administration, 2008

2004 Community Advocate of the Year Award, American Cancer Society of the South Atlantic (Reg. 3)

2003 Jack Lodge Award for Advocacy, American Lung Association of Maryland 

2002 Distinguished Graduate Award, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health 

2001 Delta Omega Inductee, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health 

1999 Drug Free Community Award, Talbot Partnership, Easton, MD

Select Publications

Here's a selection of my publications:

  • Schneider GE, DiOrio A, Asada Y, Hearne SA. Charting the Advocacy Landscape: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Syllabi in Public Health Graduate Education. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2024 Feb 7. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001889. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38330422.

  • Schwartz MB, Schneider GE, et al. Retail Soda Purchases Decrease and Water Purchases Increase: 6-Year Results From a Community-Based Beverage Campaign, AJPM Focus (2022), doi:

  • Boehm R, Cooksey-Stowers K, Schneider GE, Schwartz MB. Race, Ethnicity, and Neighborhood Food Environment are Associated with Adolescent Sugary Drink Consumption During a 5-Year Community Campaign. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 2021. 

  • Vernick NH, Schneider GE. Fighting Big Soda at the Local Level. In Michener JL, Castrucci BC, et al (Eds.), Practical Playbook, 2nd Edition: Building Multisector Partnerships that Work. New York, NY: Oxford University Press 2019. 389-405

  • Schwartz MB, Schneider GE, et al. Association of a Community Campaign for Better Beverage Choices With Beverage Purchases From Supermarkets. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(5):666–674. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9650

Public Health Advocacy Consensus Task Force (PH-ACT), National Consensus on Advocacy Instruction