Education: University of Minnesota, BA 1967; BS, 1972; MHA, 1986; PhD, 1993.
Research Interests: rural mental health services and substance abuse, rural obesity, rural health clinics.
Professor Hartley teaches Health Information Management in the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. His research currently includes continuing work with the Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) tools. Dr. Hartley directed the development of these tools with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and continues to monitor and advise on their use as they are implemented in numerous rural states and provinces in North America.
As Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, Dr. Hartley has several funded projects in rural mental health services and rural substance abuse. He has presented papers on these subjects at the Association for Health Services Research, regional meetings of the National Association of State Offices of Rural Health, the National Conference of State Mental Health Program Directors, the National Rural Health Association, the American Public Health Association, and the International Rural Network.
Dr. Hartley is a past President of the Maine Rural Health Association, and he served on the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Board for 6 years. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Researcher award from that organization. In 2004, he served on the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Rural Health, which published "Quality through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health" in 2005. Other recent publications include "Rural Health Disparities, Population Health and Rural Culture" in the American Journal of Public Health, a paper on the treatment of mental health symptoms in rural emergency rooms published in the Journal of Rural Health, a discourse on the state of rural health research, published in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, a series of working papers on the mental health workforce, and a series of papers on rural childhood obesity.
He is currently an appointed member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, which advises U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius.