Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Active Living for Rural Youth

1/1/2007 - 1/31/2007
Anush Hansen
Principal Investigator: 
David Hartley, Ph.D., M.H.A.

This project will investigate how and where rural youth in Maine are physically active, and will help to define the built and natural environmental factors that support and limit daily physical activity of youth in rural communities. Through qualitative data collection, students in grades 4-12 in 3 selected rural, low-income Maine communities will provide information about their physical activity patterns and their perceptions of physical and social environments that support or create barriers to physical activity. This information will be used to develop hypotheses and create a conceptual model about environmental and policy characteristics that positively and/or negatively impact physical activity of youth specifically in rural areas. The conceptual model will draw from the existing "3 D" model used in the urban planning and transportation fields, which defines the core dimensions of built environments as density, diversity, and design. The 3 D model will be adapted to fit into a rural context, and used to develop measures of the environment (both natural and built) in rural communities and assess how those measured environmental characteristics affect the physical activity of youth. This project provides a strategic opportunity to increase the School's Public Health capacity and foster collaboration between academic and research programs (CPD & IHP).

Start Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
End Date: 
Wed, 2007-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 
3 988

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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