Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center, Population Health and Health Policy

Anush Yousefian Hansen

Research Associate
Anush Yousefian Hansen


404G Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 228-8217

Education: St. Lawrence University, BA, Environmental Studies 1996; University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, MS, Public Health/Epidemiology 2001; University of New Hampshire, MA, Counseling 2011.

Anush has been with the Muskie School of Public Service since 2005. She is a member of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and has contributed to numerous rural health projects focused on behavioral health, active living, food access and healthy eating, childhood obesity and substance abuse prevention. Since 2006, Anush has directed three consecutive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research projects, investigating how policies, programs and the physical environment can promote walking and biking, and increase access to other opportunities for physical activity in rural communities. Anush has also been involved in several public health program evaluation projects for the Muskie School, including the evaluation of a local Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative, the Maine Colorectal Cancer Control Program, and the Northern Maine Rural Collaborative initiative at Eastern Maine Healthcare.

Anush is particularly interested in how policy, systems and environmental changes can help create sustainable communities that facilitate healthy behaviors among low-income individuals and families. Prior to joining the Muskie School, Anush worked in the Bureau of Environmental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and at the Office of Health Promotion Research, University of Vermont College of Medicine.


Date Title Typesort descending
2010 Development of the Rural Activing Living Assessment Tools: Measuring Rural Environments Journal Article
2009 Active Living for Rural Youth: Addressing Physical Inactivity in Rural Communities Journal Article
2011 Understanding the Rural Food Environment--Perspectives of Low-Income Parents Journal Article
2006 Out-of-Pocket Health Spending and the Rural Underinsured Journal Article
2005 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2010 Characteristics of Inpatient Psychiatric Units in Small Rural Hospitals Journal Article
2015 Rural and Remote Food Environments and Obesity Journal Article
2015 Built Environments and Active Living in Rural and Remote Areas: A Review of the Literature Journal Article
2007 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2006 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Activities Funded by the medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Report
2006 Review of State Flex Program Plans 2004-2005 Report
2009 Mental Health Services in Rural Jails Research and Policy Brief
2010 Mental Health Problems Have Considerable Impact on Rural Children and Their Families Research and Policy Brief
2013 Telemental Health in Today's Rural Health System Research and Policy Brief
2015 Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities Research and Policy Brief
2008 Active Living for Rural Youth Research and Policy Brief
2010 Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Toolkit: Codebook and Assessment Tools Web Page
2010 Mental Health Services in Rural Jails Working Paper
2010 Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children With Mental Health Problems Working Paper

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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