Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Carolyn Gray

Research Associate I
Carolyn Gray


404A Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 228-8079

Education: Gordon College, BA, 1998; Boston University, MPH, 2002; University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Certificate of Applied Research and Evaluation Methods, 2010.

Ms. Gray has provided quantitative and qualitative analysis in her work on program evaluation and research projects related to improving care for the poor and underserved, and the evaluation of Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ CHIPRA quality demonstration grant awarded by CMS to Maine and Vermont to improve health outcomes for children (IHOC). In addition, she has worked on projects related to primary care, patient safety in hospital and community settings, transitions of care, medication management, and emergency department use. Her role on these projects has included analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, coordination and monitoring of data collection, and project management.


Date Titlesort descending Type
2009 Analysis of 2006 Maine Emergency Department Use Report
2006 Data Integration and Storage: Managing and Using Home and Community-Based Services for Quality Improvement Report
2005 Discovery Methods for Remediation and Quality Improvement in Home and Community Based Services Report
2014 Early Lessons Learned in Implementing MaineCare Health Homes Research and Policy Brief
2004 Evolving Supports for Workers with Disabilities: The MaineCare Workers with Disabilities Option (Presentation) Report
2013 First Steps Phase I Initiative: Improving Immunizations for Children and Adolescents Report
2013 First Steps Phase II Initiative: Improving Developmental, Autism, and Lead Screening for Children Report
2015 First Steps Phase III Initiative: Improving Oral Health and Healthy Weight in Children Report
2013 Improving Health Outcomes for Children (IHOC) First STEPS Phase I Initiative: Improving Immunizations for Children and Adolescents Report
2007 Improving Medication Management: A Review of the Evidence Report
2012 Landscape of Patient Safety Activities in Maine Report
2011 Maine Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot: Implementation Evaluation Report
2003 MaineCare and Other Supports for Workers with Disabilities: A Summary Report of Focus Group Findings Report
2014 MaineCare Health Homes Enrollment in the First Year of Implementation Research and Policy Brief
2004 MaineCare Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace Report
2004 MaineCare Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace Report Report
2003 MaineCare Services for Workers with Disabilities: Chartbook Report
2014 MaineCare Stage A Health Homes Year 1 Report: Implementation Findings and Baseline Analysis Report
2006 Medicare Part D Survey of MaineCare Workers with Disabilities Dual Eligibles: Experience Before and During Transition : March 2006 Telephone Survey Report
2004 Personal Assistance Services for Workers with Disabilities: Case Studies Report
2006 Quality Indicators for Home and Community-Based Services in Maine Report
2005 Results of the Maine Experience Survey: Adults with Physical Disabilites Consumer Directed Waiver Report
2015 Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings Journal Article
2006 Working Together: Maine's Strategic Plan to Maximize Employment for People with Disabilities Report

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

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