Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging, Population Health and Health Policy

Elise Bolda

Chair, Graduate Program in Public Health (MPH); Associate Research Professor
Elise Bolda

Office

413 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4847

Education: University of Vermont, BA, 1974; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSPH, 1986; PhD, 1995

Research Interests: Residential care/assisted living services, integration of acute and long-term care services, development and evaluation of community-based long-term care services

Professor Bolda teaches Organizational Leadership, Health Planning & Marketing, and a Research Seminar in Long Term Care Policy. Dr. Bolda currently serves as Project Director for North Carolina’s Dual Eligible Planning Grant helping to develop a strategic framework and implementation plan for an integrated delivery model to meet the needs of those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. She served as the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Partnerships for Older Adults initiative from 2000-2010. Since joining the Muskie faculty in 1995, she has conducted applied policy analyses for Maine's Bureau of Medical Assistance and Maine's Bureau of Elder and Adult Services. She also has served as Principal Investigator for several Maine Rural Health Research Center long term care research projects. Elise began her career working with older adults and adults with disabilities, community leaders, and state policy makers in Vermont and in North Carolina.

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Dementia in Maine

Dementia in Maine

As the oldest state in the nation, Maine faces the impending impact of Alzheimer’s disease on its social systems, community resources, and its health and long term care systems. This report provides a baseline picture of the current use of services by people with and without dementia in Maine. Learn more in Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings.

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Report on Maine's Older Adults

With the aging of Maine’s population and its status as the oldest state in the nation, the use of long term services continues to be a critical public policy issue in the state and nationally. Learn more in Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition.

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Long Term Service and Support Needs

Chartbook: Children and Adults with Long Term Service and Support Needs

This report - part of a series on MaineCare members who are dually eligible for MaineCare and Medicare Services - analyzes the characteristics, use, and expenditure patterns of sub-populations of long term service users. Learn more in Children and Adults With Long Term Services and Support Needs: MaineCare and Medicare Expenditures and Utilization, State Fiscal Year 2010.

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Dr. Ziller to speak on Rural Implementation and Impact of Medicaid Expansions

The impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on health care coverage and access in rural areas is largely unknown and will depend on the different state policy contexts in which the expansions are implemented and on existing system capacity. Understanding how many rural residents are likely to become newly eligible for Medicaid under the ACA, as well as their characteristics and health status, will provide important information to aid policymakers in structuring outreach and enrollment strategies and ensuring that the healthcare infrastructure and delivery systems in rural areas can address the needs of these individuals.

On March 18th, Dr. Ziller, Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine, will present via a SHARE webinar, nationally representative information identifying rural-urban differences among low-income non-elderly adults (18 to 65) in the following areas:

  • Medicaid eligibility, pre-ACA
  • Medicaid participation, pre-ACA
  • New Medicaid eligibility in 2014

Dr. Ziller will also analyze the characteristics associated with any rural-urban differences in the above areas. Characteristics to be considered include age, gender, employment, education, income, Census region, health status, current relationship to primary care provider, primary care supply, and FQHC availability.

This webinar is based on Dr. Ziller's research under a State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) grant to inform federal and state implementation of the ACA Medicaid expansion by estimating the size and characteristics of the rural population likely to be newly eligible.
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