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Maine Rural Health Research Center

Established in 1992, the Maine Rural Health Research Center draws on the multidisciplinary faculty and research resources and capacity of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy within the USM Muskie School of Public Service. The Center's mission is to inform health care policymaking and the delivery of rural health services through high quality, policy relevant research, policy analysis and technical assistance on rural health issues of regional and national significance.

The Maine Rural Health Research Center focuses on barriers to health access for rural residents and related topics, including insurance coverage, Medicaid, behavioral health, long term services & supports, and challenges faced by rural providers (rural health clinics & critical access hospitals) in delivering and sustaining services. For over 20 years, the Maine Rural Health Research Center’s research agenda has focused on some of the most intractable health access problems facing rural residents, especially those with mental health and substance abuse issues and those facing financial barriers due to lack of insurance and under-insurance. That body of research has helped reveal the effects of policy and health system organization and financing on rural health access. The Center is committed to enhancing policymaking and improving the access, delivery and financing of rural health services by effectively linking its research to the policy development process through appropriate dissemination strategies.

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Visit the Flex Monitoring Team website to view publications authored by the Maine Rural Health Research staff.

Recent Publications, Reports and Presentations

Please visit our Publications page to view or download additional publications including policy briefs and reports.

Presentations at the 2017 National Rural Health Association Annual Conference (San Diego, CA)

  • After Closure: Options for Pursuing a High Performance Rural Health System. Presented by Andrew Coburn, May 11, 2017
  • Combating Rural Opioid Use: Community and Provider Strategies. Presented by John Gale, May 11, 2017.
  • Monitoring and Benchmarking Rural Health Clinic Financial Performance. Presented by John Gale, May 10, 2017
  • Telehealth Use in Rural Medicaid: A Baseline Inventory.  Presented by Amanda Burgess, May 10, 2017.

Publications and Reports