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