Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Brenda Joly

Associate Research Professor, Public Health
Brenda Joly

Office

405 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8456

“Public health is a multidisciplinary field with opportunities for everyone. Our program is committed to making sure that our students have the knowledge they need to succeed and the skills necessary for improving the health of our communities.

- Brenda M. Joly, Associate Research Professor,  Master of Public Health Program, Muskie School of Public Service

Academic Degrees

M.P.H., University of South Florida, College of Public Health, 1997

Ph.D., University of South Florida, College of Public Health, 2001

As a graduate student at the University of South Florida, Brenda Joly remembers standing on a street corner counting bike helmets as children rode by.  That project was about bicycles and child injuries and it was the start of a career focused on improving the health of people and communities.

How can a public health system do a better job of reducing chronic illness and preventing premature death? This question is central to Dr. Joly’s research and teaching at USM. She takes a systematic approach to evaluating the performance of public health programs. “I study different types of public health interventions and try to figure out what makes them successful and what leads to better health outcomes for our communities.”

Dr. Joly teaches three courses in the Master of Public Health Program at USM: Social and Behavioral Health, Applied Public Health Research and Evaluation and Public Health Practice. When she is not teaching, she spends her time  evaluating public health efforts at the local, state and federal levels. Currently, she is part of a national CDC evaluation team looking at ways to improve the performance of state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments.

Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities Chartbook

Profile of Rural Residential Care Chartbook Cover

Using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, this chartbook from the Maine Rural Health Research Center presents information on a slice of the rural LTSS continuum—the rural residential care facility (RCF).  Survey results identify important national and regional differences between rural and urban RCFs, focusing on the facility, resident and service characteristics of RCFs and their ability to meet the LTSS needs of residents.

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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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