Established in 1992, the mission of the Maine Rural Health Research Center is to inform health care policy making and the delivery of rural health services through high quality, policy-relevant research, policy analysis and technical assistance on rural health issues of regional and national significance. The Center's core funding is provided by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Public Health Systems and Practice
Under contract with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers at the Muskie School of Public Service are evaluating the community outreach and training efforts of the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP). This Year One report (8/15/2007 - 8/15/2008) provides an overview of the initiative and the five demonstration sites; a description of the evaluation framework and design; the evaluation questions and methods; preliminary evaluation results; and a summary of preliminary findings and next steps.<p></p>
<li>Outreach and training efforts are reaching the intended audiences;
<li>Trainings are a critical component of the outreach model;
<li>EDIPPP is perceived as a credible program;
<li>Most referrals are appropriate and given by a professional;
<li>Several factors are associated with intentions to refer;
<li>EDIPPP operates in different community and policy contexts. </li>
Maine DOE as applicant is partnering with Muskie to perform activities in three focus areas: 1)Provide training for Child Nutrition (CN)food service professionals and Childcare Providers to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious and appealing meals based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with a focus on increased fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. 2)Provice multi-faceted, integrated nutrition education for children by offering training, technical assistance, curriculum materials, and resources to support classroom nutrition education and increased opportunites for physical activity be enrolling up to 120 elementary and middle school teachers in MNN's Maine-ly Nutrition Project. 3)Provide youth leaders with multi-faceted, nutrition education activities to effect positive changes in food consumption patterns and physical activity behaviors eith their peers.
IPSI?s Maine Nutrition Network, in partnership with Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), implements training initiatives to Maine school districts to support healthful eating and physical activity habits for children and the creation of school environments aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000. IPSI strategies include training for school food service staff; training, technical assistance and resources for elementary teachers, and a statewide follow-up training for school district teams on creating school environments that support healthful food and physical activity choices with a focus on team building and team maintenance.
Muskie/IPSI will partner with Maine DHHS Office of Substance Abuse to provide epidemiological services for Maine?s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. Activities include providing staff support to a statewide epidemiological workgroup, conducting a state-level needs and resources assessment, and initiating GIS (Geographical Information System) mapping to identify existing data sources and their appropriate use. This will bring systematic, analytical thinking to the causes and consequences of substance abuse in order to effectively and efficiently utilize substance abuse prevention resources
The Maine Center for Public Health is performing program evaluation for Healthy Maine Partnerships, and will continue to partner with the MSPS to provide specific deliverables for various program components of the HMP initiative. MSPS will identify/develop additional performance indicators, update data, and perform quantitative data analyses. Results will be incorporated into the overall HMP Evaluation reports and products.
This project will focus in the following areas: Provide training and resources for Child Nutrition (CW) food services professionals and Childcare Providers to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious and appealing meals based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with a focus on increased fruits, whole and whole grains. Empower youth to make healthful food choices through these strategies: 1) multi-faceted, integrated nutrition and education for up to 125 elementary and middle school teachers through MNN's school-based nutrition and physical activity project that provides training, technical assistance, curriculum materials, and resources to support classroom nutrition education and increased opportunities for physical activity; and 2) school-based youth-lead nutrition education through the Healthy Maine Partnership, Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN).
Provide program evaluation to Rippling Waters Farm's USDA funded community food security project. Year One activities are evaluation design planning, year two activities are technical assistance and data quality monitoring for data collection, year three activities are data compilation, analysis and write-up. Evaluation results will be used to test effectiveness of the community food securiyt strategies carried out under this project.
The Survey Research Center (SRC) has conducted seatbelt observation studies for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety several times in the past. This year, SRC will conduct observations of seatbelt use at the same 120 sites as we observed last year. The project will provide SRC the opportunity to continue working with the Preusser Research Group, a private research organization in Connecticut, with whom we have collaborated in the past.