Toni P. Miles

Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Policy & Management,

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Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Policy & Management,

Toni Miles, MD, PhD, is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Her work is focused on the population health effects of the deaths of friends and family members. Her work is used by several advocacy groups including: Evermore, advocates for polices that improve bereavement care in the United States; Culture Change Network of Georgia, advocates for improved culture surrounding dying and deaths in post-acute care / nursing homes; and the Athens Area Grief Coalition, a group of concerned professionals in the area surrounding Athens-Clarke county.

Dr. Miles completed first ever state-wide survey of new bereavement in Georgia. Her team has also created and disseminated a Best Practices in Bereavement Care to all nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted living sites in Georgia. She has more than 200 communications in public health, bereavement, and chronic diseases. Since coming to Georgia in 2011, she has mentored 15 PhD / DrPH students.

  • Medical Doctor (MD) Howard University College of Medicine, 1985
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Howard University, Graduate School, 1984 / Neuroscience
  • Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1976
Areas of Expertise

Chronic disease epidemiology, population health, bereavement, BRFSS survey

  • Congressional Fellows Program / Health and Aging Policy Fellows
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Culture Change Network of Georgia / Leading Age
Research Interests

Dr. Miles’ interest in chronic disease and its impact on mortality, health care and the development of functional limitations has long been a focus of her research career. Working in a trans-disciplinary team, she explores chronic disease development and public health focus from multiple perspectives: population health; population genetics; grief as a risk factor for illness; person centered medical care and public policy.

Selected Publications

Miles TP. How the collection and disbursement of civil money penalties improves nursing facility care across the United States. 2021. Public Policy & Aging Report 31(2): 67 – 68.

(Working paper available for review and comment by request): A new measure of population health in a complex sampling survey: The 2019 Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey – Unweighted, Weighted, and Imputed Weighted data. Authors: Changle Li**, Toni P. Miles**, Ye Shen** et al.


Miles TP (2021) Presidential Symposium: Engagement, Isolation, and Loss during the COVID19 Pandemic, Gerontological Society of America. Phoenix, AZ. November.

Miles TP (2021) Symposium: COVID19, policy, and nursing homes – a Health and Aging Policy Fellows Symposium. Gerontological Society of America, Phoenix, AZ. November.

Miles TP (2021) Panel: Race and the Unequal burden of bereavement and health. Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. Baltimore, MD. October.

Miles TP. (2021) Presentation: Best Practices in Bereavement Care – an ethical imperative for the geriatrics community. 31st Annual Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference. Missouri Geriatrics Society. Columbia, MO. August.

Miles TP (2021) Presentation: Best Practices in Bereavement Care. American Association of Service Coordinators. Webinar. August.

Miles TP (2021) Presentation: Aging in Place, has COVID changed the equation. Journalist in Aging Fellows Program, Gerontological Society of America, April.

Miles TP (2021) Plenary: Long term care and lessons learned – Loss and Fear in the time of COVID. 45th Minnesota Gerontological Society, April.

Miles TP (2021) Training session: Find a reason to go on – best practices in bereavement care. Minnesota Gerontological Society, April.

News & Media Mentions

Miles TP (2021, September) Global Café: In conversation with Dr. Toni Miles: Bereavement Care with a specific focus on residents, families, and staff. September. International Federation for Aging, 100 attendees from 40 countries.

NY TIMES April 12, 2021. The grief crisis is coming. Allison Gilbert

KQED Forum May 12, 2021. The US Faces a Grief Crisis Resulting from the Pandemic.