Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Active Living Supplemental

1/1/2007 - 1/31/2008
Anush Hansen
Principal Investigator: 
David Hartley, Ph.D., M.H.A.

The proposed project will build upon the three currently funded rural ALR projects to develop, refine and test a rural-specific environmental audit tool that can be used by policymakers, program staff, planners and researchers to assess the degree to which the natural and built environment of a rural community supports active living. Although the Active Living Research Program of the RWJ foundation has developed and disseminated several such instruments, these tools have been developed specifically
for urban and suburban settings. Thus, a major challenge in our current work has been the adaptation of these instruments to small rural communities where many elements of these instruments are not relevant, but where other physical features of the environment are applicable.

Start Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
End Date: 
Thu, 2008-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 
4 569

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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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