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.
Visit the Flex Monitoring Team website to view publications authored by the Maine Rural Health Research staff.
Recent Publications and Reports
Please visit our Publications page to view or download additional publications including policy briefs and reports,
- Ziller E, Leonard B. Access to Health Care Services for Adults in Maine. Augusta, ME: Maine Health Access Foundation; October, 2016.
- Kahn-Troster S, Burgess A, Coburn A, Wallace R, Croll Z, Gallo R. Maine Rural Health Profiles: A Statewide View of Rural Health. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School, Maine Rural Health Research Center; September, 2016.
- Talbot JA, Ziller EC, Szlocek D. Mental health first aid in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes. J Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173
- Pearson K, Burgess A, Gale J, Coburn A, Hansen A. Health Information Exchange: A Strategy for Improving Access for Rural Veterans in the Maine Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center; May, 2016.
- Talbot JA, Szlocek D, Ziller EC. Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural and Urban Contexts. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center; April, 2016. PB-64.
- Lenardson JD, Gale JA, Ziller EC. Rural Opioid Abuse: Prevalence and User Characteristics. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center; February, 2016. PB 63-1.
- Lambert D, Gale J, Hartley D, Croll Z, Hansen A. Understanding the Business Case for Telemental Health in Rural Communities. J Behav Health Serv Res. Jul 2016;43(3):366-379. doi: 10.1007/s11414-015-9490-7